When we talk about the issue of salvation, what most of us think of is being saved from our sins and having eternal life in the coming kingdom of Jesus the King. But what if I were to tell you, salvation is not only about saving the soul of men, as we know it? In addition to saving our souls, salvation, is also about saving the living upon the return of Jesus Christ.
Let me ask you this question, “If salvation is only about our human souls as we know it, what about those alive upon the return of Jesus our King? What will become of them, those who have rejected the call to repentance and everlasting life? I know, they will perish, this is what we preach in every church in the past and not so much today. And what we have is the entire world going about their lives as if they are safe without Christ, not knowing unless they truly repent, they will wail and cry upon the day of the King’s return.
As much as salvation is about saving the human soul, it is equally speaking to those who will remain after many generations are gone, it is speaking to those who will live to see the return of the King. Here is what John wrote according to the revelation Jesus shared with him. Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
The scripture is reporting, “all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” All kindreds, nations shall wail because of Jesus Christ, and what is so glorious about this on the part of the disciples of Jesus Christ, God has not forgotten our sufferings by the hands of those who had destroyed our homes, those who persecuted us, and those who execute our loved ones for the sake of his name and the gospel we are sent to preach. Because what we are to know concerning this glorious day, is the reality, the saints will also cause the world to wail and mourn upon the return of Jesus Christ.
Because, on the day of Christ’s return, a cloud will be returning with him, a cloud of saints, both those who had died in time past, and those recently passing by the hands of those who persecuted and have them killed. And Jude writing about this, wrote saying in prophecy. Jude1:14-15 “Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
“Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” And why are the saints with the Lord? They are with the Lord, “To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed.” Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. “Psalm 37:1-2 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”
The saints of this world are asked to do what is right in face of the hardships brought against them on account of the gospel, and the work they are sent to proclaim. We are not to envy and go after the ways of the ungodly, although, it seem they are prospering, because the Lord knows our sufferings, and our brokenness, and will one day give the word that we be delivered and be drawn to his side to reign and rule with him.
Therefore, Psalm 37:3-6 Trust in the LORD and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and truly thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
The Lord “shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” He will before the world show that you were righteous in all thy ways; he will approve and promote you in the presence of your enemies, and he will cause you to fall upon the necks of your enemies in that day, the day of the Lord. So, when we think about salvation and the story of Jesus coming into the world to save us from our sins. We are to know, he came to save us from the penalty of our sin, and the penalty for our sin is death, something, God will fulfill at his coming against those who had refused to repent.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Salvation is about the saving of the human soul, but equally, it is about saving those alive on the day of Christ’s return… Let us preach the gospel in love.