"What is salvation? The salvation that is here spoken of is not what is frequently understood by that word, the going to heaven, eternal happiness. It is not the soul’s going to Paradise, termed by our Lord, 'Abraham’s bosom.' It is not a blessing which lies on the other side of death; or, as we usually speak, in the other world. The very words of the text itself put this beyond all question: 'You are saved.' It is not something at a distance: it is a present thing; a blessing of which, through the free mercy of God, you are now in possession. No, the words may be rendered, and that with equal propriety, 'You have been saved'; so that the salvation which is here spoken of might be extended to the entire work of God, from the first dawning of grace in the soul, till it is consummated in glory."
In this tract, Wesley lays out his teaching on what it means to be saved, in the Scriptural sense.
This text is taken from John Wesley's Making All Things New: Sermons on the Way of Salvation (Franklin, TN: Seedbed Publishing, 2016).
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