Understanding the Attributes of Salvation
The intimate fellowship Christians can enjoy with God is only possible because of some very specific principles that are activated every time a person confesses faith in Jesus Christ.
These principles are called the attributes of salvation and they are:
1) Redemption – This is the literal re-purchase of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan, so that, instead of being under the dominion of Satan we’re now under the dominion of God, our freedom paid for with the blood of Jesus.
We were once owned by God through creation, became lost to Him through rebellion but now are re-owned by Him through redemption! We are re-purchased into the family of God, ransomed with the blood of Jesus.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed… but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)
Definition: Redemption is the buying back of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan with the blood of Jesus, so that the entire person is now completely owned by God; spirit, soul and body.
2) Remission – Remission means forgiveness. Being now owned by God, He can literally do with you whatever He wants. And the first thing He does is to forgive you for all your sins, past, present and future.
When Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago your entire life was in the future therefore ALL your sins are presently forgiven.
Definition: Remission is the complete forgiveness of all a person’s sins, those he committed in the past, his present sins and those that he will commit in the future. Complete forgiveness!
3) Justification – This is a further step in the same direction as remission.
Where remission is the forgiveness of sins, justification is the actual removing of all the evidence of sin. The person accused of sin can now be legally declared not guilty.
Because there is no evidence. All the evidence is gone!
That’s what the blood of Jesus does, it takes away the evidence of sin. It’s as if the person had never sinned.
They are justified from all accusation of sin and declared… innocent!
Definition: Justification is the declaration of complete innocence and reinstatement in good standing with a clear conscience of one who was formerly judged guilty, through the complete removal of all the evidence of sin with the blood of Jesus Christ!
4) Substitution – Is the divine exchange where Jesus takes your place and receives all the judgment of God for your sins and sin nature, thus absolving you of all guilt and condemnation forever.
Not only this but He also gave you His sinless perfection as a gift, along with His righteous standing before God, so forever when God observes you, He looks right past your humanity and sees Christ’s divinity within you.
Definition: Substitution is the divine exchange where Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to your cross so you can sit on His throne. It’s where He took your guiltiness and gave you His righteousness so when God the Father looks at you, He sees nothing but the perfection of Jesus Christ.
5) Regeneration – Is the pivotal point in the process of salvation.
It’s where your nature is actually changed from Sinner to Saint. Unrighteous to Righteous. Profane to Holy.
Remember, a person’s nature is synonymous with the condition of his spirit.
Regeneration is the recreation of your spirit and the releasing of the life of God in you.
Regeneration is when your separated and corrupted spirit ceases to exist and in its place a new spirit is instantaneously re-created and re-connected to God!
The Holy Spirit then takes up residence in your new spirit and continually releases the life of God in you.
You are once more in the image and likeness of God. This is what being born again means.
Definition: Regeneration is the instantaneous recreation of a human spirit in the image and likeness of God and the continual releasing of the Life and Nature of God in that spirit.
6) Reconciliation – You are now re-purchased by God, forgiven, declared innocent and now possess a recreated, connected spirit stamped with the nature of God.
Now, you can finally have peace with God.
That’s what reconciliation is… peace with God.
Reconciliation means restoring a broken relationship. It is the resolving and dissolving of enmity between those that were once closely related but found themselves in opposition with each other. (Rom. 5:10)
Definition: Reconciliation is the complete tearing down and removal of everything that stood between you and God, so you are now reunited with your Father in total peace.
7) Adoption – Ancient Roman custom dictated that a son, even though fully grown, could not inherit his parent’s wealth until he was legally adopted by the father.
The attribute of Adoption operates similarly in that even though we are regenerated and become sons of God we still need to be adopted into the family of God to be officially declared legal heirs to the throne of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.
Definition: Adoption is the culmination of the salvation of the human spirit. It is God declaring that you are now in a condition where He can accept and acknowledge you as a legal heir to His throne and co-heir with Jesus. With all the rights, duties, privileges afforded that position and title.
8) Sanctification – Sanctification is the core principle of the salvation of the human soul. Sanctification means allowing the Holy Spirit to continue the work He started in you by submitting to His will without reservation and obeying Him without hesitation, resulting in the fruitful character of Christ.
Definition: Sanctification is the process of developing Christ-like character through the internal working of the Holy Spirit and the external application of God’s word in one’s life.
It terminates in separation from the effects of sin and the empowerment over it’s influences.
9) Glorification – When we allow Christ’s nature within us to have dominion over our flesh, the holiness of His presence begins to manifest externally through a Godly radiance that is perceived rather than seen.
His Spirit within, glows with the glory of God and this spiritual light attracts others and exposes them to the character of Christ!
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Matt 5:16 Here, the process of glorification begins!
It will escalate during the Rapture when God eliminates our tainted physical body and instantly recreates a brand new, perfectly sinless body.
Depending on our quality of service to God and our fellow men, we will radiate different levels of the glory of God in heaven.
Some will shine like the sky, some like the stars and some like Sun in its intensity? This is Glorification!
Definition: Glorification is the process where the holy nature of God on the inside of a Born Again Christian manifests itself as a divine outward glow, so that while on earth others can perceive it but when in heaven we can actually see it.