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LESSON 1: THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

 

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture references are from the New King James Version, copyright 1979, 1980, 1982,1985 by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee. Used by permission. Contents of this Course that you will be studying: 

      
Part 1: Distinctions in Salvation

1.   Three Tenses of Salvation

2.   Aspects of Justification   
3.   Aspects of Eternal Life    
4.   Atonement Then & Now  

Part 11: Distinctions in the Christian Life

5.   Position & Practice   
6.   Relationship & Fellowship  
7.   Judicial & Parental Forgiveness
8.   The Two Natures  
9.   Kinds of Sanctification    
10. The Indwelling, Baptism, & Filling  
11. Salvation & Service  
12. Personal Greatness vs. Positional Greatness
13. Fundamental, Important, or Nonessential Matters    

 

Part 111: Distinctions in God's Methodology
     
14. Differing Ages  
      15. Major Covenants of Scripture           

16. Israel, the Gentiles & the Church   

17. Law & Grace     

18. The Church & the Kingdom  


Part 1V: Distinctions in Future Events
     
19. The Two Comings of Christ

20. Phases of Christ's Return
21. The Day of the Lord, the Day of Christ, the Day of God
22. Double Fulfilments  

Part V: Other Distinctions in Scripture
     
23. Seven Judgments
      24. Hades & Hell             

25. Mysteries of Scripture    
26. Aspects of the Glories of Christ    

27. Differences in the Gospels 

        
Foreword
The purpose of this book is to provide some valuable keys for studying the Scriptures, especially the New Testament. Every believer should be a Bible student. Every believer can be a Bible student. But most of us need help in how to do it. The chapters that follow are designed to provide some help. The reader will learn that definitions are important. Biblical words have meanings that are not found in the regular dictionary. A "mystery" in the Word of God is not the same as it is in common usage. Doctrinal accuracy is important. All scriptures dealing with a subject must be considered in order to reach a proper understanding. It is important to distinguish things that differ. There are passages in one Gospel that seem to be the same as found in another Gospel. However, when studied in their context, it is clear that they teach completely different lessons. Many subjects like justification and sanctification have different phases; and some events like the coming of the Lord have different stages. To see this often avoids considerable confusion. Believers who studied the earlier edition of Here's the Difference uniformly agreed that it was a distinct help in opening the Word to them and increasing the thrill of Bible study. Now as it is sent forth in an enlarged edition, our hope is that the benefits will be multiplied. The Publishers.

     
LESSON 1     THREE TENSES OF SALVATION

When we first become Christians, most of us can think of only one type of salvation, the salvation of our souls. In our Bible study, we automatically try to fit this meaning into every occurrence of the word. But sooner or later, we will find out that it will not always fit. Then we come to realize that salvation is a very general word meaning "deliverance," "safety," or "soundness." In Philippians 1:19, for example, Paul uses it concerning his expected release from prison: For I know that, this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (KJV). (The New King James Version helpfully translates the word "deliverance" in this context.) In Philippians 2:12, salvation means something quite different; it means the solution of a problem that had broken out in the church at Philippi. A serious case of disunity had arisen (Philippians 2:14; Philippians 4:2). Paul reminds the Christians that the answer to the problem was for them all to have the humble, self-sacrificing mind of the Lord Jesus. Then in Philippians 2:12, he says; Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. In other words, "I have told you the way of deliverance from the problem that vexes you. Now work out the solution with fear and trembling." In three passages salvation is used to describe deliverance from drowning: 30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretence of putting out anchors from the prow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, "Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved" (Acts 27:30-31). By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household (Hebrews 11:7a). 19  He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine  longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls ,were saved through water (1 Pet. 3:19-20). God is the Saviour of all men in the sense that He preserves and sustains them: For to this end we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of     all men, especially of those who believe (1 Tim. 4:10).But the uses of the words salvation or saved in which we are principally interested are those which have to do with deliverance from sin. This is a very common meaning in the New Testament. Here we must learn to distinguish the three tenses of salvation past, present, and future:  Past I was saved from the penalty of sin: justification. Present I am being saved from the power of sin: sanctification. Future I shall be saved from the presence of sin: glorification.

 

PAST TENSE

Here are some verses, which speak primarily of salvation from the penalty of sin: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). [God] who has saved us and called us with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9a).Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). Notice that in these three examples the word saved is in the past tense. However, there are other verses, which speak of our deliverance from the penalty of sin where the verb is not in the past tense. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we  must be saved (Acts 4:12). That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9). So you must decide by the contents of the verse rather than by the tense of the verb whether the past tense of salvation is meant. If the subject is the once-for-all deliverance from the condemnation of sin, then you know it refers to the past tense of salvation.


PRESENT TENSE

Although it is true that I have been saved, it is equally true that I am being saved day by day. I have been saved from damnation; I am being saved from damage. I have been saved from the penalty of sin; I am being saved from the power of sin. I have been saved through the finished work of Christ on the Cross; I am being saved through His life and ministry for me at the right hand of God. That is what is meant, for example, in Romans 5:10:  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having  been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. The present tense of salvation is much the same as sanctification the process of being separated to God from sin and defilement. It is this salvation as a continuing process that we read about in Hebrews 7:25:  Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always  lives to make intercession for them. Still another passage where we find the present tense is 1 Corinthians 1:18:  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those, who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is  the power of God.


FUTURE TENSE

Finally, there is the future aspect of salvation. When we meet the Saviour face-to-face, we shall be saved from sin's presence. Our bodies will be redeemed and glorified. The following verses describe the glorious future consummation of our salvation: For now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed (Romans 13:11b). 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus  Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9). To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation (Hebrews 9:28b).  [You] who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).


ALL THREE TENSES

If you have difficulty fitting a verse into one of these categories, remember that it might be applicable to all three tenses. Here are a couple of examples: you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). So in cases like these you do not have to choose, because they apply with equal force to all three phases of salvation.


TEST LESSON 1: THREE TENSES OF SALVATION

Write TRUE or FALSE on the line after each question

1. The word "salvation" always means eternal salvation. - True: ............ False: ...........

2. We have to work hard to get God's salvation True: ............ False: ...........

3. There are three tenses to salvation. Past present and future. True: ............ False: ...........

4. Paul wrote Philippians when he was in prison. True: ............ False: ...........

5. Past salvation means we are saved from the presence of all sin. True: ............ False: ...........

Fill in the missing words on the lines provided

6. God, who is the ............ of all ............, especially of ............ who ............

7. For by ............ are ye ............ through ............, and that not of ............; it is the gift of ............

8. For ............ is our ............ nearer than ............ we ............ believed.

9. For is when ............ were ............ we were reconciled to ............ through the ............ of His .............

10. Therefore ............ is able to ............ to the ............ those who come to ............ through ...........


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