1. On Oppression
2. Salvation
3. On Dying
4. On Receiving the Spirit
5. On Being Reasonable
6. On the Witness
7. On the Second Death
8. On the Church
9. On Bruised Reeds
10. On Politics and the Church: Returning to Egypt

11. On Receiving the Messenger
12. On Romans 10:9-10
13. On Marriage and Divorce
14. On the Keys of the Kingdom
15. On...The Question
16. On The Call
17. On The Rest
18. On Works
19. On Being Taken
20. On The Blood

21. On Knowing The Bible
22. ----------
23. Are You Born Again?
24. On Church Membership
25. On the Death of a True Pastor
26. Charter of the Pioneer Tract Society
27. Suffering and the Saints
28. On "What Must I Do To Be Saved?"
29. On Solomon's Wisdom
30. On P.T.L. and Oppression

31. On The Flood's Lesson
32. On The Washing Away of Sins
33. The Law
34. The Law, Part 2
35. The Law, Part 3
36. The Law, Part 4
37. The Law, Part 5
38. The Law, Part 6
39. The Father and the Son
40. Is Jesus God?

41. Jesus' Messages to the Seven Messengers: Revelation 2,3
42. "Ye Must Be Born Again
43. The True Sabbath
44. Concerning Your Work
45. Standards
46. On Tongues
47. Unequally Yoked in Worship
48. What Do I Really Believe?
49. Spiritual Influence
50. Marriage and Divorce

51. Crucified with Christ
52. The Good of Government
53. Jezreel
54. On Feelings
55. Saved?
56. Is Jesus Good Enough?
57. Works
58. Games
59. Seven Pillars
60. The Lusts of the Devil

61. The Time Draweth Near?
62. Returning to Egypt
63. "It Isn't Me"
64. On Being Just
65. The Vineyard of God
66. Unknown Tongues
67. Making a Deal
68. The Word of God
69. Homosexuality and the Bible
70. A Vision

71. Questions
72. Christianity or Christ!
73. What Makes Holy?
74. What Price, Ahab?
75. At Dan
76. The Commandments of Jesus
77. The Commandments of Jesus, Part 2
78. The Commandments of Jesus, Part 3
79. On Mt. Gilboa
80. The Manner of Beer-sheba

81. Trinity or Travesty
82. Biblical Geography and History
83. The God And Father of Jesus
84. A Call To Repentance
85. The Fellowship of His Sufferings
86. The Sabbath
87. Envy at En-Gedi
88. The Antichrist
89. How to Hate Sin
90. Can You Believe It?

91. The Nations of the Bible: Amalekites
92. The Nations of the Bible: Moab and Ammon
93. The Nations of the Bible: Edom
94. The Nations of the Bible: Assyria
95. Revelation (1)
96. Revelation (2)
97. Revelation (3)
98. The Fullness of Time
99. Sanctification
100. On Learning

101. Nebuchadnezzar's Image
102. The Third Throne
103. On Hatred
104. The God's of The Gentiles
105. Yahweh, God of The Christians
106. ------------
107. The Gates of Hell
108. The Salvation of God
109. It Is Not Black or White: It is Jesus
110. Who Is Lost?

111. Some Other Way
112. Who Is Really The Greater (that is the more blessed)?
114. On Receiving Tithes and Offerings
115. Seven Lies That The Children of God Believe

By John David Clark, Sr. - July, 1987

A young pentecostal minister was alone in fervent prayer early one morning, when the word of God spoke forcibly and clearly, "Stop lying to my people!" Shaken by the sterness of the tone in the Lord's voice, the young man prayed to understand how it was that he was lying to God's people. He knew of nothing he was teaching wrongly. Then the Lord answered his questioning prayer with these words, "Tell my people to get to work for that which they allege now to possess!" Immediately the young preacher understood what "that" was: salvation.

As with many of his fellow believers, this preacher had acquired the habit of testifying of having already received salvation. Yet now, in a moment's time, he had seen the error of such thinking. One scripture after another took on a new and, now, right perspective. From Jesus, "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Mt. 24:13). From Paul, "now is the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls" (I Pet.1:9).

Salvation is the end, the reward, the hope of every child of God. Actually, because he himself is our salvation (Isa.12:2), to be in the presence of the Lord is to be saved. And we "work out our salvation" (Phip.2:12) by obeying him. The author of Hebrews, with this understanding, described by Jesus as "the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him" (Heb.5:9). Our salvation was seen as a baby in the temple at Jerusalem in Luke 2:30. Our salvation walked on earth as a man (Lk.19:9) and is now ascended into heaven to sit at the Father's right hand. Have you ever noticed that none of the apostles claimed to have "gotten saved"? Or that they never told anyone else that they had "gotten saved" by believing in Jesus? However, they did express confidence that they would be saved (Acts 15:11). The testimony of the saints is not that they have received salvation, but that they are rejoicing hope of it (Rom. 5:2). This is a hope which the unbeliever doesn't have (Eph. 2:12) We are converted, or born again, into this hope (I Pet. 1:3), and as we grow in the knowledge of God our hope grows brighter and brighter.

For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen [already experienced] is not hope, for what a man seeth [has experienced] why doth he yet hope for it? but if we hope for that [salvation] we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Rom. 8:24-25

In short, if salvation is already possessed, what do we have to hope for? "It is good", Jeremiah prophesied, "that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord" (Lam. 3:26). And as Paul later phrased it, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).

Because most of us have grown up hearing the phrase "get saved", we assume that the Church has always used that language. But there are some still alive who remember when that was an unknown term, even among the Baptists. My father, who had been reared in the Baptist faith, was a Baptist seminarian in 1924 when a visiting lecturer introduced the term "getting saved" to his ears. He and his best friend gave each other a puzzled look and did some scripture searching together. Of course, they found that the Bible contains no such doctrine. Neither do I recall such teaching in the writings of those generally considered men of great faith in Church history. While "being converted" or "being born of the Spirit" is a priceless experience purchased by Jesus' sacrificial death and freely offered to all, the evidence points strongly to the conclusion that the doctrine of "getting saved" is largely a 20th century phenomenon. And my, how it has swept across the plains of faith like a fire over dry ground! For some, "getting saved" has become virtually the very heart of their gospel!

One brother confided to me that when he first heard this message, he could see the sensibleness of it, but he could not, for a time, embrace it. He feared that Jesus would be displeased if he admitted that he had not received salvation. But the Lord delivered him from that fear so that he could confess the truth. And today, he is better prepared to receive salvation than when he claimed he already had it. Actually, had he not been taught that doctrinal error in the name of the Lord, it would not have so bound him. It was his love for Christ and his desire to please him that compelled this sincere brother to cling to it, for he had been persuaded to believe that Jesus wanted him to confess that he had "gotten saved". This is the condition of very many others today. They, too, need spiritual strength and guidance to "get to work for that which they allege now to possess."

As with many other words, "saved" can have different usages. It is, in the New Testament books, occassionally used to mean something other than deliverance from the coming wrath of God (for examples, "healed" or "rescued" or "kept from sin"); however, by far the most frequent and important use of "saved" and "salvation" is in the futuristic sense. And our testimonies and preaching should reflect that biblical emphasis. To exclude or downplay this most important definition of salvation is truly misleading. To emphasize salvation as a past event always dulls the saints' zeal for holiness. And the minister who fails to warn the Church that salvation is at the end of our journey and awaits only those who "endure" in holiness and love is, as the Lord bluntly told the young evangelist, "lying to my people".

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Isa. 25:9

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