For me at one time, the concept of salvation was restricted to eternal destiny, aka the afterlife. The question “What must I do to be saved?” was often found in our conversations. Once I realized that the afterlife began in Jesus Christ after he rose to new life, salvation took on a whole new meaning. I have been saved from all that came before as well as delivered into a brand new kingdom. Rescued from darkness and delivered into the Light. Salvation doesn’t just start after I die, it is true even now … despite all appearances.
I’m afraid many Christians have grown so hide-bound that their very thoughts of God and of salvation in Christ are word-oriented rather than life-oriented. Could that be why we think in terms of intellectual-based learning when it comes to the Bible?source