Hi James and Daj,
Hope I am not being presumptuous to chip in here :o)
I prefer saved and "not yet saved".
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,
which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if
you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
Those are two really big IFS. I sure didnt put them there. "All scripture is God-breathed......Holy men moved of God, etc."
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? AND IF
IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
Are we saved with difficulty? How is this? On the one hand we are told we are saved by grace, entering rest, yet on the other hand we are told we are saved with difficulty. Paradoxical paradigms again HAHAHA!
We have to look at the word saved as carefully as we have looked at the word "aionios". It means "healed, delivered, made whole".The enemies of God have not yet been healed, delivered, made whole.
"Forgive them Father, they know not what they do". And they are made up as much or more of religious people, as what we call sinners. "The harlots and the publicans will enter in before you".
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, it is for those who are "born not of the will of man nor of the will of the flesh but are begotten of God" and we have His spirit whereby we cry ABBA FATHER! ( A term of childlike familiarity like, "Daddy!" or "Poppa"). You were born not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, the LIVING AND ABIDING word of God.
We ALL once walked among "them", the "not yet made whole", as enemies, because the carnal mind is enmity towards God, and "cannot please God"(1 Cor 2,3).
Once we are delivered, healed, made whole we are pleasing, acceptable sacrifices because of His blood shed for us and our faith in HIM- IF
you continue in my word(abide, dwell in, walk in) you will kno the truth and the truth shall MAKE YOU FREE- healed, delivered, made whole."- This is the GLORIOUS FREEDOM of the children of God. THIS IS SALVATION.
Act 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"
Perverse is "SKOLIOS", from which we get "scoliosis"- warped spine. This WARPED generation. Repent(change your mind). Make straight paths for your feet. Prepare the way of the Lord.
Saved equals free, healed, made whole, delivered. Not all are yet
. We who are can become a part of their experience of the grace of God IF
we continue in the word. IF
we walk after the Spirit. IF
we continue in the faith grounded and settled. This is the inheritance of the children of God.
IF NOT, we may eventually fall back under the dominion of the flesh. We are no longer healed, delivered, made whole. We come again into kolassis(1 Cor 3:15), BUT EVEN SO, we will be "saved/healed/delivered" -altho "as through fire" and we will "lose our reward"(inheritance).
Even should we fall so far back into "enemy behavior" that we are "delivered over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh"- it will be sfor the purpose that our spirit will be "saved-healed, delivered, made whole, set free" in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Cor 5:5)
In that day every adversary will be subjected, "as through fire", until every knee bows and every tongue confesses, until evryone in heaven and earth are gathered into one in Christ and Jesus delivers the kingdom over to the Father so that God may be ALL IN ALL- ALL saved-healed, delivered, made whole, set free....
The entire creation set free from futility- all authority, rule and power done away because all are in love and love needs no authority.
Only so long as there is one who is not "healed, delivered, made whole, set free" by the love of God will authority continue.
"And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. "But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time
. "Moses said, 'THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you. 'And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.
' "And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. "It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, 'AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.' "For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
Therefore we see the progressive nature of salvation, being as it is, THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITHIN. Sown in the earth as a seed(Jesus the Logos), incorruptible and eternal, first to the Jews(where the word was first sown and the covenant first sealed) then on into the Gentiles through the seed of Abraham, the father of faith. Then the ecclesia "in the ages to come" setting the whole creation free into the "glorious freedom" that is restoration, salvation, for all.