In biblical times, there were a number of ways that the word "salvation" was used. Within the New Testament alone, it was used in three ways:
1. Salvation from death. This is synonymous with "redemption". This was a human wide problem. I believe that salvation has been accomplished. God reconciled all to himself via the work of Christ.
2. Salvation from wrath. This was Israel specific. The language was used in the Old Testament as well when a nation would be shaken as ordained by God. This spoke to the occurance in Jerusalem 70AD when the old system of things which caused death was removed.
I heard a great story concerning wrath. A mother spots a swarm of bees headed toward her child. mother who spotted a swarm of bees headed for her child. She ran in that direction, nose flaring, fury in her eyes.. so inflamed with protective ferver that she frightened even her child. She was filled with rage, but her focus all the while was on the bees.
God's focus was on the defeat of death and Jesus came here warning those who might be harmed to get out of the way. Those who didn't believe, suffered in the wrath.
3. Personal Salvation. In the firstfruit body this meant that they were saved out of the wrath to participate as Kings and Priests in order to usher in redemption. For us this means to be saved out of a living hell in experiencing uncondional love, and the option for participating in a ministry of life.
What do you think? What do you mean by "salvation"?