â€œBeloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation . . .â€ (Jude 1:3)
The description of our salvation as â€œcommonâ€ does not mean that salvation is â€œordinaryâ€ or â€œnormal,â€ but rather that salvation is available to anyone who wants it. The term is translated â€œuncleanâ€ several times in passages that speak of items that are accessible to everyone, rather than specialized foods or ceremonies available to just a few (Acts 11:8;Romans 14:14; etc.).
Right after Pentecost, the Jerusalem church experienced a quick growth in converts, many of whom were poor and needed practical help. The bond of the new church was so strong that â€œthe multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things commonâ€ (Acts 4:32). That is the sense in which Jude speaks of a â€œcommonâ€ salvation.
The salvation is available to all. â€œFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believethâ€ (Romans 1:16). None are excluded from the possibility of salvationâ€”except those who refuse to believe what God has provided through the substitutionary death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 2:2).
But this salvation is also necessary for all. â€œNeither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be savedâ€ (Acts 4:12). It has become popular today to couch the gospel message in moderate terms, making the message appear optional or a â€œpersonalâ€ belief system. No, it is the only salvation, even if it is â€œcommon.â€ â€œJesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by meâ€ (John 14:6). HMM III