What is the ultimate objective in salvation?
- Mansions on streets of gold?
- Forgiveness of sins?
- A better life?
All those things are certainly a part of our salvation. There is no doubt that there are great and majestic benefits and by-products to our great salvation.
Herein lies the problem with most presentations of the gospel in evangelical circles today. The gospel is peddled as some "fix-all" or "cure-all" for all that ails you.
Salvation is peddled as a guaranteed ticket to heaven. It is presented as a means to make you happy, hopeful, and honored.
The ultimate objective in our salvation is our sanctification. It is our being made holy. The incarnation of Jesus, his life, his crucifixion, and his resurrection, his ascension, and his giving us the Holy Spirit is for the ultimate purpose of making us holy.
"just as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of he world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." (Ephesians 1:4, NKJV)
The ultimate purpose of your salvation is that you are and are being made holy. It is not merely forgiveness of sin, an escape from hell, or the promise of heaven. It is holiness.
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification..." (1 Thessalonians 4:3a)