Eternal Salvation Hebrews 2:2-3 says, “For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” What comes to your mind when you hear the word “salvation?” If this word is used in only a secular context, it carries with it interesting connotations. Think of this statement in a secular setting, “This new contract will be the salvation of our factory!” In this situation there would have been a factory that was, at the least, struggling to make ends meet and make payroll. A new contract that they signed off on, is now going to give them a boost and they can see light at the end of the tunnel and so they feel that this contract will be the “salvation” of their factory. This salvation is only temporal at best. If the factory fails to live up to its part of the bargain, the contact could be negated and the factory could close. Unlike the hypothetical secular illustration above, the salvation that we read about in the Bible, when once experienced, is eternal. It can never be negated or rescinded in any way under any circumstances. I love the words of Christ in John 10:28 where he said, “… I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” It is interesting that the kind of life that Jesus gives in salvation is “eternal life.” No less than 13 times in the New Testament, the kind of life that Jesus gives is referred to in these exact words. Eternal speaks of existence going back time with no beginning and going forward in time with no ending. The word eternal is a word that we use to describe God. He is eternal; that is, he never had a beginning and he will never have an ending. The life he gives is this kind of life. Since it is from Him, it never had a beginning, and it will never have an ending. There was a time in my life when I did not possess it, but it existed, and having been saved, I, now, possess it, and, oh, how wonderful to know this. Brother and Sister in Christ. You have a great salvation because it is eternal.
~ Ralph Green ~
[CBC missionary with Word of Life]