according to dr. warren carter, paul's understanding of salvation is that it is a future event. so he uses phrases like "into salvation" (Rom. 1.16) or "will be saved" (Rom 5.9). some questions this all raises for me. is jesus necessary for salvation? how can the hebrew bible speak of salvation and we christians just ignore that? what about paul saying "were saved" (Rom. 8.24)? sounds like it is a past event. what exactly is salvation? i'm positive it has nothing to do with my soul going to heaven. i'm fairly comfortable with how we are saved, but not so much with what exactly it is.