Originally posted by KellyJay
I think the OSAS question should start here.
If salvation does not begin until judgment day than no one is saved now
in this life time.
If salvation begins in this life time, then question becomes why isn't it
If someone can pretend to be saved, or miss the mark completely than
that does not take away from someone who is saved in this life time.
Are there other choices?
So when does it begin?
"Salvation" had its "beginning" before time began. Before God had created this world or any living being did God provide salvation.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Before the beginning of time God planned our salvation.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Before time began God accepted us in Christ.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Before time began God had planned how we would be saved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Before time began God planned the whole matter of salvation for us and how He would reveal salvation to us.
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Then, at the moment in time when we trusted in God's plan of redemption the Holy Spirit sealed us until the "redemption of the purchased possession", which is all who trust in what Jesus did on the cross on our behalf, securing our salvation for all eternity.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.