Salvation. The meaning is pretty clear:
. a. Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
. b. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
. a. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.
. b. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance.
There is a finality aspect to salvation. When God does something it is done. Yet...
We sometimes tend to look only at the completed transaction. We think, "It is finished." And when we do it isn't bad.
Yet, do you not need God to save you every day? I know I do. I am tempted every day. I am tried every day.
And when I think I don't need to be saved anymore, I find out I still do need to be saved.
You could look at this as sanctification. And it is, but even sanctification, doesn't describe what happens completely. (sanctify -1. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.)
One day, God will be foremost in our thoughts, doing right to others and ourselves will be foremost in our thoughts.
We will see everything through the eyes of Love and Goodness and Charity.
I don't know what that will really be like.
Will we still need to be saved and sanctified?
Oddly enough, I think so.
None of us are ever truly going to be God.
So we are always going to need Him.
To help us.
To love us.
And to save us.