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.
there is no advice in this world – even if it comes from a Bible verse or a preacher’s sermon – that can produce God’s work within you. Oh, it might make you appear more spiritually productive, but the working of God doesn’t come from the practical side of the grave … but from the living side that has risen past it. When I tell you that Christ is your life, I’m telling you about the one and only present-tense reality that causes you to live as one who is truly alive in this world. source