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All my books can be read online free at “Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8). This booklet is included in and comprises one section of my book Physical and Spiritual Salvation: Justification, Sanctification, Glorification, the Messianic Kingdom, & Ezekiel’s Temple in Ezekiel 40-48, Matthew, Romans, & 1 John.

Like most books and passages in the Bible, the topic is given in the first few verses. “The Gospel [good news] of God,” Rom. 1:1. More specifically the “salvation” (Rom. 1:18) God provided us. The main proposition of Romans is that all who have been justified, are being sanctified, and will be glorified - guaranteed, because of the way in which they were justified by having been joined in union with Messiah and thus sharing without fail in both forgiveness through his death and the power of his resurrection life. “We were buried with him by [union] into [his] death, so that ... we will also walk in [his] newness of [resurrection] life,” Rom. 6:4. “The gospel ... is the power of God to [all of] salvation [justification, sanctification, and glorification] to every one that believes ..., because therein is revealed the righteousness of God [justification],” Rom. 1:16-17. Our sanctification and glorification are guaranteed because of our justification.

The salvation God provided to us in Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew, which means ‘salvation’), is also comprised of both spiritual and physical parts. Justification and sanctification are spiritual; but glorification, like also resurrection, is physical. God’s workings with Israel are also in the physical realm. “Israelites; to whom pertains the [national] adoption, and the [shekinah] glory, and the [Abrahamic, Land, Davidic, and New] covenants, and the giving of the [Mosaic] law, and the [temple] service of God, and the promises [throughout the Old Testament]; ... and of whom as concerning the flesh Messiah came,” Rom. 9:4-5. The realm where genealogies matter. “I ... am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin,” Rom. 11:1. So much misinterpretation of scripture, like that of Reformed Theology, is due to their felt need to leave the principle of literal interpretation of scripture because of their failure to differentiate between things like personal spiritual salvation and national physical salvation.

Spiritual Salvation: “Having been justified by faith [past spiritual event of justification], we have had our access ... into this grace wherein we stand [present spiritual process of sanctification];” Physical Salvation: “and rejoice in hope of the glory of God [future physical event of glorification],” Romans 5:1-2.

Religie en spiritualiteit
1 juni
Wayne ODonnell

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