“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
The great theme of “salvation” (Greek soteria, Hebrew yeshua) is prominent in both the Old and New Testaments. It basically means “deliverance” and can be used for local and specific “deliverances” from perils, as well as for the eternal deliverance of one’s soul. In the latter sense, it is used for deliverance from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin in daily life, and from the very presence of sin in the future life.
Salvation, is found only through the Lord Jesus Christ, whose very coming into the world was to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The name Jesus means “salvation.” In fact, His name really was Yeshua, the word which often is translated “salvation” in the Old Testament. Devout Simeon, after waiting for many years, took the infant Jesus in his arms, exclaiming by the Spirit, “My eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:30).
The theme of salvation is so great, the writer to the Hebrews asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation,” (Hebrews 2:30), and it embraces many major doctrines of Scripture.
As a rough summary, we see it includes the doctrines of:
Atonement, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls;” (Leviticus 17:11).
Substitution, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).
Imputation, “’just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:’ ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.’” (Romans 4:6 – 8).
Propitiation, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2).
Redemption, “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,” (1 Peter 1:18).
Remission, “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43).
Justification, ”Therefore we cocnclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28).
Adoption ,”having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,” (Ephesians 1:5).
Reconciliation, “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. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10 – 11).
Regeneration, “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).
Sanctification, “concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.” (Hebrews 10:9 – 10).
Glorification, “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30).
All of these marvelous doctrines are contained by, and wrapped up in the name of Yeshua-Jesus. In other words, Jesus, whose very name means salvation is all, and in all, for “In Him, the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.”(Colossians 1:19).
When a person is saved, the blessings implied in every one of these great doctrines of salvation become his, whether Jew or Gentile, whether found in Old Testament prophecy or New Testament fulfillment.
Jesus, and no other, is so huge, so big He can meet, and take care of every need. This is why we must come to Him when in need or distress, for He is the only one big enough to meet our needs. Paul understood this. Paul was not ashamed of this great gospel of salvation through Christ Jesus, and neither should we.