There seems to be a theory arising that is growing momentum unchecked, and which is
now being accepted as a Bible fact. The theory states that, although the ‘redemption’ was
brought to Israel by our Lord Jesus, the “salvation” was brought by Jesus to all races of
mankind, the ‚whosoever‘, the gentiles. This, I believe, is now acknowledged as being
an official view of some evangelical movements today. Surely though, before we
approve this theory, we must first test it against the Scriptures – God’s Book of Words
for His people’s instruction, belief and obedience.
The Gospel usage of this word “salvation” is closely connected with that of the Old
Testament. The root Hebrew word is “yasha” primarily meaning “enlargement” and
this conveys the idea of nonconfinement, decompression, or relief (if you like).
Therefore, the more correct rendering would be a rescue, aid or a deliverance. It appears
to be a plea for freedom or liberation through an opening out of space rather than a saving
from destruction; even though this may result if that aid or rescue did not come to save.
Only the acid Test of Scripture can give us the truth of what and who the Salvation is reserved.
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