When I first heard that you could separate being Saved from Salvation, to say I was shocked would be a serious understatement. I grew up thinking that you could not separate the two and maybe they still can’t be, but what if they are.… That would be pretty big news, right? It seems to me that they both need each other. I mean, I have heard that you could lose your Salvation even when you are Saved, but is Salvation something needed to be earned or a totally new step in the “Ticket to Heaven” process? This stuff gets my head tied in a knot and excited too. I'm going to go to Scripture to try to find the answer to the question, Is there a difference between being Saved and having Salvation? I hope you follow me on this journey and that by the end of it we can discuss our opinion on this topic. Just a forewarning: please keep the discussion civil.
When I write a devotional, I like to first admit my biases. The one relative to this topic is that I believe that once somebody is saved, he or she is always saved. That topic might pop up in this discussion, so please bear that in mind. I will try to do my best to bring out the facts and not only just my own opinion. I don’t want this to be only my opinion and not what the scripture points out too.
After looking through the concordance in my Bible, I realized there were more verses focused on being Saved than there was about having Salvation. I don't think it matters though. I just found it to be a little interesting. Another curious thing is that most of the verses on Salvation are in the Old Testament and the verses about being Saved are in the New Testament. I think this is because being Saved means having Jesus in your heart. Back in the Old Testament Jesus hadn't come and it was all about earning your Salvation by doing good works.
First off, what is Salvation? Salvation is being redeemed or, dare I say it, saved from our sin and eternal death. Where does this Salvation come from? A perfect example of where Salvation comes from is found in Psalms 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?” This verse sounds similar to a verse found in Joel 2:32: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved....” The verse rattles on about things that don't have much to do with what I’m talking about today, so I decided not to include the rest of the verse. The big thing is Salvation comes from the Lord through being Saved. Call on the Lord and you call be Saved!
If you look on my favorite website of all-time, Wikipedia, you will find that the definition of Salvation is this: “Within religion salvation is the phenomenon of being saved from the undesirable condition of bondage or suffering experienced by the psyche or soul....” See, Salvation is being Saved, so if that is true, how you can be Saved but not have Salvation? How can you be Saved and still go to Hell? The answer is that you can't and there are a ton of verses to prove that. Here is just some of them: Ephesians 2:5 “made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-- it is by grace you have been saved.” A couple verses down in Ephesians 2:8 we read, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God.” Isaiah 45:17 states, “But Israel will be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting.” Everlasting Salvation is from the Lord. It isn’t something that goes away in a blink of an eye. I think everlasting means forever/eternal. That is something interesting: Eternal Salvation. One my favorite section’s of the Bible is found in Romans 8:35-39; I won't post it, but I encouraged you to take some time to look it up.
I would also like to say don't be afraid or feel insecure about your faith, because as it is written in Isaiah 25:9 “...let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” There are a ton of verses throughout the Bible talking about how we shouldn't have a spirit of fear or worry but of joy and courage. Take Heart!
After reading these and other verses in the Bible, I am fully convinced that Salvation and being Saved are inseparable and are one and the same. Even if you could lose your Salvation, God wouldn't want us to do things out of fear of losing our Salvation. No, he wants us to do things out of love because there is a change in you and my life since we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts. Fear might get things done in some churches, but love builds people up. Love reaches people. In the end, Real Love Wins.
Here is a list of scriptures on Saved and Salvation to check out.