Question #59: What are the three tenses of salvation? Relate these to penalty, power, presence.

Salvation from sin - a future tense of salvation
Salvation from sin – a future tense of salvation

Answer: The three tenses of salvation are:

1) Past – salvation from penalty of sin (Ac 16:31, Eph 2:8, 2 Tim 1:9),

2) Present – salvation from the power of sin (Phil 1:19, 2:12, Rom 6:1-13, cf. 1 Cor 1:18), and

3) Future – salvation from the presence of sin (Rom 13:11; 1 Thess 5:8, 9; Hab 1:14; 9:28; 1 Pet 1:3-5; 2:2; 1 Jn 3:1-2).  The tenses of salvation also properly relate to (respectively) justification, sanctification and glorification.

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One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.