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  • Arlen L. Chitwood

    Salvationof the Soul

    Saving of the Life

    A Study About the Salvation to Be Revealed at the Time of Christs Return

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    Salvationof the SoulSaving of the Life

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    To those who desire to know about and one day real-ize the end [goal] of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (I Peter 1:9).

    Cover Photograph: The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Fall, 2010

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    Salvationof the SoulSaving of the Life

    byArlen L. Chitwood

    TheLamp Broadcast, Inc.

    2629 Wyandotte WayNorman, Okla. 73071

    www.lampbroadcast.org

    2011Sixth Printing

    (Revised)First Printing 1983

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    BytheSameAuthor

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    CONTENTS

    FOREWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii

    I. SALVATION PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    II. IF ANY OF YOU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    III. THE IMPLANTED WORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    IV. THE BREATH OF GOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

    V. FAITH MADE MATURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

    VI. HOPE, INHERITANCE, SALVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

    VII. APPROVAL, GOAL OF YOUR FAITH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

    VIII. THE MINISTRY OF ELDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

    APPENDIXES

    FAITH AND WORKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

    THE HOPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

    THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

    SCRIPTURE INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

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    FOREWORD

    The salvation of the soul is one of the most misunderstood sub-jects in Scripture. And it is misunderstood because of the way most Christians view salvation.

    Contrary to common belief, the salvation of the soul has nothing to do with mans eternal destiny. Biblical teachings surrounding eternal salvation are always related to the spiritual part of man, never the soulical, and are centered in one realm alone in Christs finished work at Calvary.

    And the salvation message, having to do with Christs finished work at Calvary and ones eternal destiny, is very simple:

    Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved [made possible through that which Christ has done on mans behalf] (Acts 16:31).

    But the salvation of the soul is dealt with after an entirely different fashion in Scripture. Rather than Christs past work at Calvary being in view, His present work as High Priest is in view; and rather than the unsaved being in view, Christians alone are in view.

    Christ is presently performing a work as High Priest, on the basis of His shed blood on the mercy seat, to effect a cleansing from sin for the kingdom of priests which He is about to bring forth. And Christs present work in this respect relates to Christians and to the saving of the soul.

    Scripture deals with the salvation of the soul in relation to the present faithfulness of Christians, and this salvation will be realized only at the end of ones faith (I Peter 1:9). And a realization of this salvation is associated with rewards, Christs return, and His kingdom (cf. Matt. 16:24-17:5; Heb. 10:35-39).

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    Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted [implanted] word, which is able to save your souls [the souls of Christians, those who have passed from death unto life, the only ones in a position to receive the implanted word] (James 1:21).

    Christians talk about soul-winning in connection with the unsaved. And soul-winning conferences are held with this same end in view. But this is not the way Scripture deals with soul-winning at all.

    Soul-winning, as seen in Scripture, has to do with reaching those who already possess eternal life (those who have a redeemed spirit, those who have passed from death unto life), not with reaching those who are still dead in trespasses and sins. Soul-winning, rather than having to do with the free gift of eternal life, has to do with the faithful-ness of the saved (resulting in works), a just recompense of reward, and life in the coming kingdom of Christ.

    Soul-winning is reaching Christians with the Word of the Kingdom, reaching those who have already believed on the Lord Jesus Christ with the message concerning the purpose for their salvation.

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    1Salvation PaSt, PreSent, Future

    For by grace are ye saved[lit., youhavebeensaved]through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph.2:8,9).For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish [lit., to

    theonesperishing]foolishness; but unto us which are saved [lit., whoarebeingsaved]it is the power of God (ICor.1:18).

    Are they [angels]not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation [lit., forthesakeoftheonesabouttoinheritsalvation](Heb.1:14)?

    SalvationintheWordofGodisspokenofinthreetensespast, present, andfuture:

    1) Christians have been saved.2) Christians are being saved.3) Christians are about to be saved.

    ThepreviouslyquotedversesprovideexamplesofhowScripturedealswitheachofthesethreetensesoraspectsofsalvation.

    InEph.2:8,9,salvationisa past, completed act.InICor.1:18,salvationisa present, continuous work.InHeb.1:14,salvationisa future, inherited possession.

    SincetheWordofGodpresentssalvationinaframeworkofthisnature,it is vitally important in Scriptural interpretation to first ascertain to which of these three aspects of salvation any given passage pertains.

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    Inthe past aspect of salvation,dealtwithinEph.2:8,thewordsinthecorrectedtext,youhavebeensaved,areatranslationoftwoGreekwordswhichformwhat iscalledintheGreektextaperiphrasticperfect. Theperfecttensereferstoaction completed in past time,withthe results ofthisactionextendingintopresent time and existing in a finished state.Theperiphrasticconstructionplacesadditionalemphasis on thepresent, finished state and refers to the persistent results during present time of the past, completed work.

    Salvationinthisverseiswroughtby grace through faith,accom-plishedcompletely in past time,andisthe present possession of every believer. Thispresentpossession,inturn,constitutesanactive,con-tinuing,ever-abidingsalvation.

    TheeternalsecurityofthebelievercannotbeexpressedinstrongertermsthantheperiphrasticconstructionoftheperfecttenseinEph.2:8, for thepresent resultsof thepastaction, in this case,can only continue unchanged forever.

    However,inICor.1:18,dealingwiththe present aspect of salvation,thingsarepresentedinanentirelydifferentlightthanseeninEph.2:8.RatherthantheverbtenseintheGreektextreferringtoa past, completed act,thetensereferstoa present, continuous work.Theformerhasalreadybeencompleted,butthelatterhasyettobecompleted.

    Then,inHeb.1:14,dealingwiththe future aspect of salvation,mat-tersarepresentedinacompletelydifferentlightyet.ThewordingintheGreektextofthisversereferstosomethingwhichisabouttooccur.Nothingispastorpresent;thereceptionofthissalvation,initsentirety,isplacedin the future.

    Further,thesalvationreferredtoinHeb.1:14isnotonlytoberealized in the future,but it isalsoan inherited salvation. And thethoughtofinheritance furtherdistinguishesthesalvationinthisversefromthesalvationpreviouslyseeninEph.2:8,forthesalvationwhichChristianspresentlypossessis not aninheritedsalvation.

    Rather,ourpresentsalvationwasobtainedasa free gift duringthetimewewerealienatedfromGod.And,asaliens(outsidethefamilyofGod),wewereinnopositiontoinheritsalvation,forinheritanceinScriptureisalways a family matter.

    IntheOldTestament,sonswerefirstinlinetoreceivetheinheri-tance,withdaughtersnext.Iftherewerenosonsordaughtersinthe

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    immediatefamily,theinheritancewaspassedontothenearestfamilymemberormembers,designatedbythelawofinheritance(Num.27:8-11).

    Consequently,anindividualhadtobea family member beforehecouldbeconsideredfortheinheritance,which,duringthepresentdispensation,isrestrictedtochildrenorsonsoftheOwner.ThatswhythestatementismadeinRom.8:17,If children,then heirsAndthatsalsowhy,inHeb.1:14,thataninheritedsalvationpertainsto those who have already been saved, those who are no longer alienated from God but are presently family members.

    Inthisrespect,thecompletescopeofsalvationpast, present, and futurehasabeginningpoint,withanendinview.ItinvolvestheSpiritofGodbreathinglifeintotheonehavingnolife,effectingthebirthfromabove.Andthishasbeendonewithapurpose,anend,inview.ThishasbeendonesothattheSpiritcantaketheonewhonowhasspirituallifeandperformaworkinthelifeofthatindividual,withaviewtoaninheritancewhichwillberealizedata future time.

    Thus,oneshouldimmediatelybeabletoseetheimportanceofproperdistinctionsbeingdrawnan