The Ambiguous Meaning of Salvation
If you live in the Western world you’ve probably been asked religious questions like, “are you saved?” and “when did you receive your salvation?” These questions were like grains of sand to me, those little irritations that penetrate and lodge within, refusing to be ignored. Like the irritations that make their way into an oyster shell, the true meaning of Salvation eventually became my beautiful pearl.
It was my lack of understanding that kept me silently frustrated every time I heard the phrase, “I’m saved.” I had mentally checked that box after my first confession, when I asked Jesus into my heart and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.
“What Must I Do To Be Saved?”
“if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
What is the Original/Ancient Hebrew Meaning of the Word Believe?
“Abram (Abraham) believed YHVH and it was credited to him as Righteousness.” Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3
“his (Abraham) faith (pistis) was perfected by what he did” James 2:21
When we match Paul’s Greek reference of Abraham’s belief, Romans 4:3, to the Hebrew, Genesis 15:6, it becomes possible to connect the Greek verb Believe, Pisteuo #4100 with the original Hebrew verb, Aman #539.
The Hebrew word Aman is an action word while Faith has the Greek understanding of a belief that is abstract. Unlike the Greek, Hebrew defines belief by what it does, see http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/articles_aman.html for more information.
In this Eastern Nomadic thought, Belief was likened to a securely planted Tent Peg. Belief is Unwavering, Firm, Steadfast, Faithful, Trustworthy and Enduring, even in the worst of storms.
Just as Righteousness is Salvation from death;
“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, in its Path there is no Death,” Proverbs 12:28
Belief means we are Firmly, Secured, like a Tent Peg, in the Way of Righteousness.
Righteousness is also defined as The Way, The Truth and The Life.
…and this will be our Righteousness, Deuteronomy 6:25
YHVH our Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6
Jesus is our Righteousness, 1 Corinthians 1:30
YHVH’s (He Exists) is Our Righteousness and Our Salvation
Yeshua is the Hebrew word translated into English as Salvation. It comes from the root Yasha, the same root in the name Yehoshua, which means, YHVH + Yasha, He Is, Was and Will Be Salvation.
Yasha and its different forms can be translated: Deliverance, Victory, to Avenge, Preservation, Prosperity, Help, Rescue, Safety, Security, to Save, Salvation, etc…
“The Good News” Is Salvation
“May Your Merciful Loving Kindnesses, (Chesed #2617a from Chasad) also come to me, YHVH,(He Exists) Your Salvation, (Teshuah #8668 from Yasha) according to Your Word, (Imrah #559 from Amar). Psalm 119:41
“How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings Good News, Who announces peace And brings Good News of happiness, Who announces Salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15
The Spirit of The Lord YHVH, (HeExists) is upon me, Because YHVH has anointed me To bring good news to the humble/afflicted, (anav #6035); He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty/release, (deror #1865) to captives And freedom to prisoners; Isaiah 61:1
Y’shua, the shortened form of Y’hoshua, explained all that was written about Himself in the Scriptures. The Scriptures He was referring to were called the books of Moses, (Torah) the Prophets, (Nevim) and Writings, (Ketuvim). In Hebrew these words form the acronym T.N.K, pronounced, TaNaK. Today we call These Scriptures, The “Old” Testament.
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all The Scriptures (The Tanak) about Himself.” Luke 24:27
Salvation Promised From The Beginning
“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise/overwhelm, (shuph #7779) you on the head, And you shall bruise/overwhelm him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15
Looking at Genesis 3:15 with ancient Hebrew symbolism we see more than the curse or the fate that will come to the serpent, (representing satan, YHVH’s adversary). This is a prophecy, a promise of what will happen, spoken to the serpent and his seed or offspring, meaning all who are adversary’s of YHVH.
Notice the words, “you,” and “your” are addressing the serpent, (satan). Their will be enmity, (ebah #342) between your seed, (satan) and the woman and her Seed, (children of YHVH).
“And the dragon, (serpent) was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony, (word) of Jesus, (Salvation)” Revelation 12:17
The Victory Stance!
The Seed of the woman will, “overwhelm the head of the serpent.” Can you envision this ancient Hebrew idiom of a triumphant king, victoriously standing with his foot on the head of His enemy?
“The God of Peace will soon crush satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 16:20
This symbolism of Victory carried over into Greek, Latin and English!
“YHVH your God is in your midst, A Victorious/Savior, (Yasha #3467) warrior/prevailer, (gibbor #1368). He will exult over you with joy, He will be silent/rest in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
YHVH Is Salvation
Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Noah, Abraham, Moses and King David, to name a few, all died believing in their Salvation, the promise of the Victorious Seed/Messiah.
“All these people died in faith, (pistis) without having received the things they were promised.” Hebrews 11:13
Today we can look back on all the Scriptural prophecies of the promised Seed who would bless All peoples of the earth, Genesis 22:18 and know that Seed is Y’hoshua, meaning, YHVH’s Salvation.
“You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,” John 5:39
Y’hoshua is the Word, John 1:1. The Word became flesh and dwelt with us, John 1:14. He overcame every test of satan, victoriously conquering death, He purposely resurrected to lasting Life on the third day of First-Fruits, assuring us the rest of the harvest would also be blessed. (See The Promise of The Seed Who Would Bless All Nations/People).
Victory over satan, (also known as our inclination to bad/evil) is the true meaning of salvation/release/freedom/victory. Even Cain was warned that it (satan) would master him if he didn’t master it, Genesis 4:7
“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to, (mastered by) the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.” 1 John 3:12.
All people have been separated from the Spirit of their Creator by their iniquities, Romans 3:23, and All people are in need of Salvation/Life, because Death is separation from Life.
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2.
Messiah Brings Salvation At His Second Coming
“so also Christ, (Messiah) was offered once to bear the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him.” Hebrews 9:28
Dead People Can’t Eat From The Tree Of Life
YHVH, in His Mercy, made sure Adam and Eve did not eat from the Tree of Life in their fallen state and live in death forever.
“Then YHVH God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever…” Genesis 3:22,23.
God’s Merciful Compassion makes us alive, (born again) through/in Christ/Messiah, even when we were dead, (separated) in our trespasses/iniquities/sin. It is by grace/His favor you have been saved, (from sin and death)! Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 5:14; Isaiah 26:19
The Beautiful Pearl of Salvation
Whether we understand or not, mankind’s freedom from death, (sin) equals New Spiritual Life, which is Righteousness. An ancient Hebrew illustration for “New Life,” is a “Clean Robe,” Our outer covering represent “our actions.” This is revealed in the following verse:
Righteous acts, is the Hebrew word, Tzedakah #6666. This is the hidden pearl that has always been, still is and will be, The only Way to Lasting Life.
“In the Way of Righteousness, (Tzedakah) is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, (the victorious) so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may enter the city by its gates.” Revelation 22:14
“To the one who is Victorious, (those who acted right) I will grant the right to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (YHVH our Salvation, the Messiah!) 1 Corinthians 15:57
“Clothed in His Righteousness” Means “Life”
So now when I hear someone say, “I’m saved,” I understand why today’s religious lingo has never set-right with me. People have been dying with their hope in the Creator’s promise of Salvation long before the world’s language and religious divisions.
We know, “God is One,” He alone is Creator of the Universe and there is no division in His Spirit. Those who bear the glory of “His Name,” are called His children because they do what His Spiritual Word says.
His children walk in Freedom from their bondage to sin and death. His Torah Is, Was and always will be The Way to Truth and Life.
“Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus, (Y’shua) walked. Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning.” 1 John 2:6.
“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.“ 1 John 3:11
“We know that we have passed from death to Life, because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14
“Righteousness” Is Summed Up As “Obedient Love”
Righteousness is Who He Is. Those in His Name reflect His Attributes when they walk in the way that leads to Life. Man is able to come up with countless definitions for righteousness but Y’shua summed it up simply by quoting these two commands from Torah:
“‘Love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’ Deuteronomy 6:4,5. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Leviticus 19:18. All the Torah and the Prophets depend/hang on these two commandments.”… Matthew 22:37; Matthew 22:40
“The commandments “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: “Love your neighbor (one another) as yourself.” Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law, (Torah) Romans 13:10; Leviticus 19:18
Those who are not clothed in the Righteousness of our Creator’s Love do not have Life.
“keep yourselves in the Love, (Righteousness), of God as you await the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, (YHVH’s Salvation, the Messiah) to bring you eternal Life. Jude 1:21