Understanding that the Ephesians passage utilizes the perfect tense, indicating it was something completed in the past, with consequences which are ongoing, in the present and yet in the future as well. This displays the three tenses of salvation, past, present, and future; which can be examined in Scripture by the following passages.
Past – Having Been Saved: Ephesians_2:8-9
- Positionally Saved – Entrance Ticket to Heaven
- Occurred at the Cross of Jesus
- Called “Justification” – It Is a One Time Event
- Saved from the Penalty of Sin.
Present – Are Being Saved: Romans_6:3-22
- Operationally Saved – by the Holy Spirit – Moment by Moment
- Occurring in the Life of the Believer
- Called “Sanctification,” It Is a Process
- Saved from the Power of Sin.
Future - Shall Be Saved: Romans 8:23
- Eternally Saved – Legally Ratified at the Bema Seat of Christ
- Occurring at the Rapture
- Called “the resurrection of our body“
- Saved from the Presence of Sin
“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an
eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’
the pig was ‘committed’.”
Taken from the “Resource Center” of: www.FaithBibleMinistries.com