Bible study about the meaning of salvation in the new testament
Salvation in the New Testament is to achieve beatitude, that is, the true spiritual goods of man, the spiritual gifts promised by hope. This is why Jesus begins the preaching of the gospel with the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 3-10 and Luke 6: 20-26): there are two mentalities (one edifying and the other destructive), two paths (righteousness and sin ) and two retributions (eternal life on the one hand, and spiritual death on the other). The apostle Peter tells us about salvation: "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" 1 Peter 4:18.
According to the teachings of Jesus, faith is necessary for life in grace, conversion is the passage of a life full of sins ("If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them", James 4:17) to a life of righteousness ("do to others what you would have them do to you," Matthew 7:12.)
Salvation is for those who accept the path of righteousness, righteousness is imitating Christ ("Therefore be imitators of God as dear children", Ephesians 5: 1). It is important to clarify that those who comply with the Law of Moses (Exodus 20:2-17) are not under grace. Let us remember: "For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse" Galatians 3:10, the law of Moses is made for murderers, idolaters but not for those who live according to the freedom of the spirit: "Love your neighbour as yourself", Mark 12:31 Salvation is directly related to the Law of Return, or more, is a consequence of it: "Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap eternal life. " Galatians 6:7-8.
Finally, Jesus tells us: "Who endures to the end will be saved", Matthew 24:13. Perseverance is the daily determination to do good avoiding evil, its distinctive characteristic is the resistance. Resistance is what differentiates perseverance from the gift of fortitude.