01What exactly does it mean to be saved? And what does it mean to attain full salvation?

Many people believe that by believing in the Lord their sins are forgiven, that to be saved once is to be saved forever and that, when the Lord comes again, they can immediately be raptured up into the heavenly kingdom. However, although man’s sins are forgiven, they are still bound by their sinful nature, and they live in a cycle of sinning and confessing, without the ability to free themselves. Man’s sinful nature has not been purified. The Bible says, “[H]oliness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So are those who have not yet been purified of their sinful natures the ones who have attained full salvation? Are they capable of being raptured straight up into the heavenly kingdom? What exactly does it mean to be saved? And what does it mean to attain full salvation?

Bible Verses for Reference

“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).

“He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).

“For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

“Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

“Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

“These are they which follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:4–5).

02Only God’s work of judgment in the last days can enable people to cast off their sinful natures, be purified and attain full salvation

Some people think that in one’s faith in the Lord to change means to practice in accordance with the Lord’s words such things as humility and patience, to bear one’s cross, to love one’s enemies and to subdue one’s body, as well as to abandon worldly things and to work and preach for the Lord. They ask, if all they have to do is pursue in this way to be able to attain God’s salvation, why then do they need to accept God’s work of judgment in the last days?

Bible Verses for Reference

“Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8:34–35).

“I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12–13).

“And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47–48).

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).

03God’s promise and blessings for those who are purified and who attain full salvation

Bible Verses for Reference

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:3–4).

“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).

“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death” (Revelation 2:11).

“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).

“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sits on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 7:14–17).

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