The following is in response to a comment made by a fellow member of the Bible Students Forum. We present it here for further insight on the Two Salvation’s.
Jacob states: To me the idea that there are two salvation’s seem to contradict the simple facts presented in the scriptures that salvation comes but one time when a believer follows these scriptural definitions of when salvation takes place.
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Acts 15:11 “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”
Rom 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Rom 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
In Reply: The scriptures you provide in no way contradict the idea of two salvation’s, they are in fact a requirement of both those who are saved now during the Gospel Age as well as of those who are saved during the Millennial Age.
Both need to…“Call on the name of the Lord to be saved” (Acts 2:21)
Both are “saved through the grace of the Lord” (Acts 15:11)
Both are “justified by his blood… saved from wrath through him” (Rom 5:9)
Both are “reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Rom 5:10)
Both must enter through the door, the only means of access to the Father (John 10:9)
I noted you quoted Acts 15:11 perhaps you should have continued on a bit further and you would have seen just how the salvation of God works not only in this age, but in the age to come, note Verses 14-17
“Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name (The Church, the Elect, the real object of this Gospel Age) And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:
“After this (After the gathering of the elect Church is accomplished) I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down (favor returns to Israel); I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind (The non-elect, the rest of the world during the Millennial Age) may seek the Lord (call on the name of the Lord that they too might be saved), Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.”
You refer to your Diaglott often times, and rightly so as it is a most reliable source for the original Greek Text. Let us now take a look at two well-known and familiar texts, comparing how each are rendered, first from the NKJ version and then from the Diaglott.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, for there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1Tim 2:3-6)
Now from the Diaglott,
“This for good and acceptable in presence of the preserver of us God, who all men wishes to be saved, and into in exact knowledge of truth to come. One for God, one and mediator of God and of men, a man Anointed Jesus, he having given himself a ransom in behalf of all; the testimony for seasons own.”
For further conformation another one of the most accurate and reliable translations (Rotherham’s, Emphasized Bible) renders the last part of our text (Verse 6) thusly,
“Who gave himself a ransom in behalf of all, the testimony in its own fit times.”
Note in both instances the “due time” for one to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth is stated in the plural sense, i.e. in due “season(s)” and/or due “time(s)”, thus suggesting that there is more than one time or opportunity for salvation.
As a further confirmation of this fact note our second text found in 2 Cor 6:1-2, once again from NKJ version first.
“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God (Justification through faith) in vain, For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted (or receivable) time (for presenting one’s self in sacrifice, Rom 12:1); behold, now is the day of (the special) salvation (now is the time in which the “new and living way” is opened, Heb 10:20; 1 Pet 2:5; Eph 1:6).”
(A through reading of the previous chapter will reveal that “the grace of God” here mentioned is in regards to the opportunity afforded all believers, those who have been justified through faith to “live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor 5:15; Compare Rom 6:7-11).
God’s grace as freely bestowed upon those who have come to a knowledge of the redemption which is in Christ Jesus is the grace of forgiveness of sins, of justification through faith; and the very object of this grace (or favor) is to permit or qualify us to become living sacrifices, acceptable to God’s altar through the great sacrifice of our Redeemer.
Now let us take a look at the Diaglott rendering,
“Working together but also we exhort, not in vain the favor of the God to receive you; (he says for: In a season acceptable I listened to thee and in a day of salvation I helped thee. Lo, now a season well accepted, lo, now a day of salvation.).”
Here we not only have mention of one of the (plural) seasons mentioned in our first text (1Tim 2:6), but likewise we have a direct statement asserting that this is but one of the day(s) of salvation.
There is a special salvation for some, as well as a general salvation for others.
There are many other passages to be found in the Bible which teach about the second day of salvation, the salvation of the world, but we believe that what we have presented here is sufficient enough evidence for the discerning bible student.