My Title of Liberty

     "In Memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." - Alma 46:12    



How many times have we asked ourselves this question? "Why Me?" Why did this happen to me? After over 50 years, I finally realize some of the answers. The answers were there all along, of course.

* Why Me? Because I am a Child of God.

* Because we are all God's children. We are not clay statues brought to life. We are not His puppets. We are not His pets. We are not robots brought to a level of intelligence where we are considered sentient.

* We are the spiritually begotten children of our Father who dwells in a glorious place we can only dream of now. Our spirits were born long ago with all the potential to become like our Father in Heaven.

* Why Me? Sometimes, because we did it to ourselves.

* God does not cause bad things to happen; we do. Adam fell by choice, knowing it would subject himself and his posterity to the power of death.

* We all make choices that cause bad things to happen, many times without understanding the consequences of those choices. Sometimes we are hurt by our own choices, and sometimes by the choices of others. The world is full of the results of making these choices.

* God values our right to make our own choices so much that He was willing to send His own Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for us. Jesus also came willingly, of his own choice, because He values our right to choose, too. (New Testament: John 3:16) " For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

* Why Me? Because God has a plan for the happiness of each one of His children.

* We have been sent to this Earth not only to gain a body but to grow spiritually as well.

* We must face hardships, and learn to face them with courage and virtue.

* He is able to protect us from physical harm. (Old Testament: Psalm 91:2-9) "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;"

* He notices each sparrow's fall. How much more is He aware of His children's situations? (Old Testament: Psalm 102:7) "I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top." (New Testament: Matthew 10:29-31, see also New Testament: Luke 12:6-7) "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."

* When He allows something "bad" to happen to us, it is for our good, and for the good of those about us. When He allows something "bad" to happen to others, it is for our good, and theirs.

* Heavenly Father gave Adam and Eve the commandment not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, so that sin might enter the world. Without the commandment, Adam and Eve could not have transgressed and the Plan of Salvation and our Eternal progress would have been thwarted.

(New Testament: Romans 5:18-21) "Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Jesus Christ] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience [Adam's] many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus Christ] shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."

(New Testament: Romans 7:7) "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." (New Testament: 1 John 3:4) "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

(Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 2:11-13) "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God. And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away."

* Why Me? Because God loves each one of His children individually as much as any of the others.

* He knows our needs. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. He knows our thoughts and our feelings.

(Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 28:9) " ... for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts ... "

(Old Testament: Psalms 94:11) "The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man."

(Old Testament: Isaiah 66:18) "For I know their works and their thoughts:"

(Old Testament: Daniel 2:28-30) "But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart."

(Book of Mormon: Mosiah 24:11-12) "And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he put guards over them to watch them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death. And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts."

(Book of Mormon: Alma 18:32) " … he looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart;"

(Doctrine & Covenants 6:16) "Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart."

* He knows what will bring out the best in each one of us. Each one of us is different.

(Old Testament: Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”


I have known people who cringed when they saw that someone had written "Xmas" instead of Christmas. The idea, I think, is that they feel people are thereby removing Christ from Christmas. I'm sure there are some people who have that very idea when they write it that way, but I don't feel that there are a lot of such people.

My feeling is that using "X" in place of the name "Christ" is perfectly legitimate. Sometimes there is not room for the longer word. The Jews would not pronounce the name Jehovah, or Yahweh, because it was the name of the Lord, and would say adonai (Lord), or elohim (God) instead, when they read the scriptures aloud.

I understand that the early Christians, during times of persecution would meet on the street, and make the "sign of the cross" in the dust. The first would make an angle mark, ">", with his walking stick, and then the second would make a complementary mark, "<", next to it, forming a cross, or an "X."

They also used a sign of a fish. I'm sure you've all seen it on bumper stickers today. The word fish in Greek is Ixthus, and is an acronym for Jesus (Iesus) Christ (Xristos), God (Theos), Son (Uios), Savior (Soter). Again, "X" stood for Christ.

One of the modern uses for "X" is to represent "an unknown or unspecified person or thing," but Christ is only unknown to those to whom He has not revealed Himself, and He will reveal Himself to all who seek Him out.


Other New Testament Greek words that start with "X":

* Xairo - to rejoice, be glad, be joyful, be full of joy. From which comes:

* Xara - Joy, Gladness.

Christ brings joy into our lives when we follow Him and keep His commandments.

* Xaris, Xaritos - Grace (Where we get our words, Grace & Charity).

Christ is the mediator of our Father in Heaven's grace, and the best example of grace in human beings on earth.

* Xarisma - a Free Gift (Where we get our word, Charisma).

Christ came as a free gift from the Father, His only Son, who suffered, died, and rose again, that we also might live in the Spirit now, and in renewed flesh hereafter.

* Xarakter - an impression, and exact image (Where we get our word, character).

Christ himself was the express image of the Father, so that He said, if ye have seen me, ye have seen the Father. Our characters are to become like Christ's that we may enter the gates of Heaven and dwell there.

* Xeir, Xeiros - a hand.

Christ was the hand of God. He did what His Father did before Him on earth and in heaven. He work is to do the will of "Him that sent me."

* Xrio - to anoint. From which we get:

* Xristos - Anointed, the Christ, the Messiah.

He was anointed Prophet, High Priest, and King of Kings, and will reign in the last days upon the earth.

* Xronos - Time.

Christ encompasses all time. Time is temporary, and time as we know it will end, but Christ and those that are His will go on forever.

* Xrusos - Gold.

What the streets of His City will be paved with.

* Xros, Xrotos - The Skin, the Body.

Christ came in the flesh. In a body as real as ours are, and was resurrected in an immortal body of flesh and bone, as we will.

* Xoreo - To Make Room.

Christ has made room for all of His to live forever in His Kingdom.


This Commentary comes from notes I made preparing for a Sacrament talk for Sunday, August 10, 2003.

The Text given for the talk was Leviticus 19:30

"Thou shalt keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary.  I am the LORD."

This verse is only six words in Hebrew; literally translated, it reads:

        My Sabbaths  /  keep

        And my hallowed thing  /  fear

        I  /  Jehovah 

It might sound a little like something Yoda would say, but that's what happens when something is translated literally, with the words in the same order, from one language to another.  You may also notice how the phrases are parallel, almost poetic.  The translators of the King James Version did an excellent job of suiting it to the English ear, and keeping the meaning, even though they reversed the order of the parts.


(I apologize for not being able to present the Hebrew letters, and have replaced them with the closest English letters.)

The Hebrew word that is translated "sanctuary" in this verse is Miq-dash, which is the root word

Qadasha, meaning "hallowed, consecrated", with the prefix M, meaning "from".  The whole word means "sacred thing or part."  It is usually translated "sanctuary", referring to the tabernacle or temple, but in Numbers 18:29, it is translated, "the hallowed part", referring to the part offered to the LORD.

According to The New Oxford American Dictionary, Sanctuary means:

        1. A place of refuge or safety.

        2. A wildlife refuge (based on the first definition).

        3. A holy place; a temple or church.

          The inmost recess or holiest part of a temple or church.

          The part of the chancelb of a church containing the high altar.

In the Church, the chancel is the Sacrament table where the Sacrament elements of bread and water are blessed, the bread is broken, and from which the Sacrament goes to the congregation (representing symbolically the sacrifice of Christ's life for each one of us).  In other churches, it may be bread and wine, or bread and grape juice.

The Hebrew word for sanctuary has a wider meaning than we who speak English usually give to it.  In the text verse, it is probably referring to the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, or possibly, the Sabbath, since the context is about keeping the Sabbath.  The verse, Leviticus 26:2, is exactly the same, and the context of both passages is keeping the commandments of God.

The author of Psalm 73, attributed to Asaph, wrote that he noticed that the ungodly seemed to prosper in the world, and he, who had kept himself clean inwardly and outwardly, suffered in the world.  He then wrote,

"When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God (the tabernacle?); then understood I their end. ... Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  So foolish was I, and ignorant:  I was as a beast before thee.  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but thee?  and there is none on earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

The Following is not by any means an exhaustive list:

Heaven is God's sanctuary - Psalms 77:13-20; Hebrews 13:8-16

Judah was God's sanctuary when Israel came out of Egypt - Psalms 114:1, 2

Mountains have been sanctuaries - Elder Jack A. Gosalind of the Quorum of the Seventy, the Church, said, "The Lord has often used mountaintops as sanctuaries.  In Old Testament times, when temples were not available the Lord used mountaintops as sacred places in which to reveal truths to his prophets.  Likewise, the New Testament and the Book of Mormon describe sacred mountaintops where God revealed truths to his servants.  Joseph Smith, kneeling in the Sacred Grove, was figuratively kneeling at the top of a great spiritual mountain."

The continent of America is a sanctuary - Ether 13 in the Book of Mormon says, "... after the waters had receded from off the face of this land [America] it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof; and that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord."  Of this scripture, President Ezra Taft Benson, of the Church, said, "Here is our nation's destiny!  To serve God's eternal purposes and to prepare this land and people for America's eventual destiny, the Lord established the Constitution of this land by the hands of wise men whom he raised up to this very purpose."

Our homes can and should be sanctuaries - Elder Erin A. Call of the Quorum ` of the Seventy, of the Church, said, "Our homes can be, and should be, a refuge and a sanctuary from the troubled world we live in; may they become such by striving daily to keep sacred the holy covenants we have made."  Elder James E. Faust, of the Twelve, of the Church, said, "Our homes should be among the most hallowed of all earthly sanctuaries."

Faith is a sanctuary - Again, Elder James E. Faust said, "Faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ as set forth by the Prophet Joseph: 'We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.'  This faith will be the sanctuary for our souls."

We can be sanctuaries - Elder Bruce R. McKonkie, of the Twelve, said, "We can, if we will, even build a house of God, a holy sanctuary, a temple of the living God.  Indeed, every Latter-day Saint who is true and faithful has built for himself a 'temple of God' in which 'the Spirit of God dwelleth.'  And as Paul says: 'If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.'" (1 Corinthians 3:16,17)

A Sanctuary, then, can be any holy thing or place, which by reverencing it, provides a sanctuary from the influence of the world, and of the Evil One.  Every thing, place, covenant, or law that God has blessed is sacred, and as long as it is treated with the reverence or respect it deserves, it will be a sanctuary to us, a blessing, and a refuge.  But if we ignore it, misuse it, or abuse it, its blessings become a curse (see Leviticus 26).

See my poem, Christ, My Sanctuary.


a Definitions for the Hebrew words in this paragraph come from "A Hebrew and English Lexicon to the Old Testament", by Willam Osburn, Jr, published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1981 (originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons, London, 1844).

b A chancel is the part of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the nave by steps or a screen.  


The Greek word root used in the Bible for salvation is1:

(I apologize for not being able to present the Greek letters, and have replaced them with the closest English letters.)

[sozo], fut. soso, perf. sesoka, aor. 1, esosa, aor.1, pass. esozen, perf. pass. sesosmaito save, rescue; to preserve safe and unharmed, Mat. 8:25; 10:22; 24:22; 27:40, 42, 49; 1 Ti. 2:15;  sozein eisto bring safely to, 2 Ti.4:18; to cure, heal, restore to health, Mat. 9:21, 22; Mar. 5:23, 28, 34; 6:56, et al.;  to save, preserve from being lost,  Mat. 16:25; Mar. 3:4; 8:35;  sozein apoto deliver from, set free from, Mat. 1:21; Jno. 12:27; Ac. 2:40; in N.T. to rescue from unbelief, convert, Ro. 11:14; 1 Cor. 1:21; 7:16; to bring within the pale of saving privilege, Tit. 3:5; 1 Pe. 3:2;  [or, as others, to save, in the fullest force of the term : see context of these two passages]; to save from final ruin, 1 Ti. 1:15; pass. to be brought within the pale of saving privilege, Ac. 2:47; Eph. 2:5, 8; [or, acc. to others, to be actually saved]; to be in the way of salvation, 1 Co. 15:2; 2 Co. 2:15>; [compare, however with this last passage, Lu. 13:23; Ac. 2:47].

1 From The Analytical Greek Lexicon, published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1972.

Here is a list of pertinent passages from the New Testament to examine.  I have ignored the many passages in which the word "save" or "saving" means except or beside, and other passages where the meaning is only the temporary retention of mortal life:

I will add my comments after the verses and place them in brackets with my initials, ie.: [Comment. - DS].

Matthew 1:20, 21

"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Matthew 10:22

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."

Matthew 24:11-14

"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

Mark 13:13

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

[This, of course, might be protection from death, but that would not mean much if those who endured did not gain a reward beyond that.  Paul desired more to die and to be with Christ, but knew that continuing to build up the Church was more needful. (see Phillippians 1:22-25)  I am in the same position, but I know God wants me here for now, though I don't know His purpose. - DS]

Matthew 16:24-27

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works."

Mark 8:34-38

"And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Luke 9:23-26

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels."

Luke 17:33

"Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it."

John 12:25-28

"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

[These passages talk of someone wanting to preserve his life, but the reality of life is that by being selfish and fearful, one loses his/her life. They also show that true life is gained by serving and following Christ. - DS]

Matthew 18:11

" For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."

Luke 19:8-10

"And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

[Mankind was lost physically when they became mortal and was condemned to die.  Each individual is lost when he sins against the laws of God, becoming unworthy of approaching Him.  Jesus Christ bridged the gap between Man and God, by living a perfect life, acceptable to God, His Father, and laying it down to atone for our sins, that we might be declared worthy upon our recieving the Atonement for ourselves, and following Him. - DS]

Matthew 19:24-26

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."

Mark 10:24-27

"But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?  And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

Luke 18:24-30

"And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.  Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting."

[Salvation is no accident, it can be received only in cooperation with God.  Having possessions is not the problem, but loving them makes salvation impossible. We will receive blessings for faithfulness both in this life, and in the resurrected life. - DS]

Mark 16:15-16

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

[Baptism is an essential part of salvation.  It is the washing of the body, after which Repentance is the washing of the feet. - DS]

Luke 1:69-75

"And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;  As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:  That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life."

[Our enemies are not people, but spiritual wickedness (see Ephesians 6:12).  Many of the Jews who had already succumbed to spiritual wickedness, thought the Romans were the enemy.  That we might serve God without fear all the days of our lives, is an internal thing until Christ comes again, when it will become physically true as well. - DS]

Luke 7:47-50

"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."

[Jesus applied His Atonement which was foreordained to forgive this woman's sins, the same as the sacrifices of the Old Testament were only effective because of the promised Atonement. - DS]

Luke 8:12

"Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved."

[We cannot be saved unless the Word of Truth, the Gospel, the Law of Liberty, is in our hearts. - DS]

Luke 13:23-28

"Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out."

John 10:9-10

"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

[Current salvation is based upon being in the Way.  The strait gate is that provided for by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, baptism, and the Way beyond the gate is following Christ.  There is a time limit.  At some time, perhaps not distant, the gate will be closed to those who refuse to enter. - DS]

Luke 18:41-43

Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.  And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.  And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God."

[This is an interesting passage.  Nothing is said about the forgiveness of sins, neither the asking, nor the granting, and I was tempted to lump this with the healings.  But the statement, that the man followed Jesus and glorified God, may be more than just thankfulness for having his physical sight; perhaps he also received spiritual sight. - DS]

John 3:16-21

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."

[This is wonderful passage.  John 3:16 is the favorite verse of many Christians. Salvation is not just by believing, but by doing the Truth and coming to the Light. If we continue in, or go back to our old ways, we are not saved. - DS]

John 5:28-39

"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.  There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.  But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.  He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

[Here salvation is more than being resurrected, since Christ declares that all who are in the graves shall be resurrected.  It is the resurrection of life, Eternal Life, God's Life, that is meant. - DS]

John 12:44-50

"Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."

[The commandment of God the Father is life to us as it is to Christ.  We receive His words by making them part of our life, by following Christ as He follows our Father in Heaven.  By doing so, we have Life and Salvation. - DS]

Acts 2:21

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

[Here, Peter is talking about times of great trouble, the destruction of Jerusalem and the time just before the Lord returns.  When we are ready to be saved, we begin by calling upon the name of the Lord.  Then when we call, He will answer.  He will tell us what to do, and we must do it. - DS]

Acts 2:38-47

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

[The way of the world is bad trouble.  We must flee its influences and find sanctuary in the Gospel of Christ, and among other believers. - DS]

Acts 4:10-12

"Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

[Jesus Christ is the power that makes salvation possibe.  Without Him we could do nothing to save ourselves.  With Him we can do everything that is necessary. - DS]

Acts 11:12-18

"And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:  And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.  And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.  Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.  Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."

[The man, a gentile, had received the visitation of an angel from God, telling him to send for Peter, who had the authority to preach the Gospel and administer the necessary ordinances for salvation. Peter had been prepared for this by having a vision.  The idea of a gentile receiving salvation, without benefit of circumcision, hadn't occurred to him until then. - DS]

Acts 15:7-11

"And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they."

[Here is an interesting turn of phrase.  Peter says, "we shall be saved, even as they."  If salvation were sure for every believer, then wouldn't he, who was the chief of believers, have said, "they shall be saved, even as we?" - DS]

Acts 16:27-34

"And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house."

[The jailor had no doubt heard Paul and the other prisoners praying and singing hymns.  He knew they had a peace of heart and conscience that he didn't have.  He had heard something of the Gospel, and had seen the results of their faith in the open prison doors and their continued presence in the jail.  He wanted what they had, and needed to know more, which Paul and others told him. - DS]

Romans 5:8-11

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  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.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."

Romans 8:23-39

"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 10:1-17

"BRETHREN, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Romans 11:13-15

"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?"

Romans 11:25-29

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."

1 Corinthians 3:9-17

"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

1 Corinthians 5:1-8

"IT is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.  And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

1 Corinthians 7:13-16

"And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.  For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?"

1 Corinthians 9:22-23

"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."

1 Corinthians 10:31-33

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:  Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved."

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

"MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain."

2 Corinthians 2:14-15

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:"

Ephesians 2:4-10

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

"For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judæa are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:  Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:  Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost."

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

1 Timothy 1:15-16

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."

1 Timothy 2:3-6

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto 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."

1 Timothy 2:13-15

"For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."

1 Timothy 4:16

"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."

2 Timothy 1:7-10

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:"

Titus 3:4-8

"But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."

Hebrews 7:24-28

"But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore."

Hebrews 10:36-39

"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."

James 1:19-25

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.   But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

James 2:12-20

"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

James 4:11-12

"Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?"

James 5:20

"Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."

1 Peter 3:18-22

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."

1 Peter 4:16-19

"Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."

Jude 1:20-25

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."

Revelation 21:22-24

"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."

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There are several ways the word "saved" is used, as the extract from the lexicon at the top of the page indicates:

1. There is salvation from sickness, infirmity, other troubles, and physical death, which is not really our concern here.

2. There is the salvation of the body, which because of Christ's rising from the Dead, provides that all mankind will be physically resurrected.  Our resurrected bodies will rise with the glory we obtained previous to the resurrection. (see John 5:28; Romans 14:11,12; 1 Corinthians 15:39-44)

3. There is salvation from sin, old ways and habits, paid for by Christ's suffering for them in our place.  Jesus Christ has given us the gift of Repentance, so we may spiritually have Him wash our feet.  Baptism provides for the washing of the whole body. (see John 13:10)

4. There is salvation in exaltation, where we can enter the gates of Heaven and dwell in the presence of Christ and Our Father, God. (see 1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 John 3:1-3)