Was Solomon Saved?

When we say the word, “saved” we use that word because it is more a New Testament word. Scripture teaches us the Old Testament saints had to keep the law for salvation. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and we are justified by his blood atonement at the cross. And through faith in Christ and his blood paying our sin debt, we are saved. As Paul explains we must believe that in our heart and confess Jesus with our mouth.

Some people think they can loose their salvation based on their works. If they do something bad, they think they can loose their salvation. Salvation is not based on our works at all but on what Jesus did at the cross. Yet, some people do not want to believe God’s word on the issue.

Even some  “seasoned” believers think if someone stops believing, they can loose their salvation. Scripture tells us,

Ephesians 1:10-14 KJV  “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
[11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
[12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
[13] In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Notice once someone gets saved, becomes a true believer, God seals them. We are sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. We have another example of God sealing believers in the tribulation. God seals 144,000 Jews. 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Once God seals them, do you think they can loose their salvation? No.

But let’s look at Solomon. Was Solomon saved? Yes or No? We know Solomon was King David’s son and Solomon was set up by God to rule and reign over Israel after David. We also know God spoke to Solomon and asked him what he would like from God.

1 Kings opens with David is old and getting ready to leave this world. Solomon is set up as king. David dies in chapter two and in chapter three, God speaks to Solomon. Notice when God spoke to Solomon?

1 Kings 3:4-5 KJV  “And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
[5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.”

Notice, it was night time and Solomon was asleep. God appeared to Solomon while Solomon’s body/flesh was sleeping. God spoke to Solomon in a dream. This would indicate that while our body, our flesh sleeps, our spirit man is awake. How do we know this? Because when God asked Solomon a question, Solomon answered God. Solomon’s body was sleeping and Solomon had a dream and it was in that dream where God spoke to Solomon.

Do you dream? Do you hear from God in your dreams?

Then notice how Solomon answers God. Solomon did not just answer God, Solomon acknowledges first –
–  He knows God walked with his father David.
–  Solomon notices God’s great kindness to David in giving David a son to sit on the throne.
–  Solomon acknowledges his own inability by saying he is but a child and he does not know how to do things. (I can relate)
Then Solomon answers God and makes his request.

1 Kings 3:9 KJV  “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”

Keeping our title of this post in mind, what do we learn so far?
– Solomon knew God – he loved the Lord.
– Solomon walked in the ways of the Lord.
– Solomon knew God showed his father David great mercy.
– Solomon knew his father David walked in God’s ways with an upright heart.

Based on what is recorded in scripture, was Solomon saved?

Next time, we will look at God’s answer to Solomon. Feel free to read ahead. Start at 1 Kings chapter 3 and read through to the end of chapter 12.

Until next time.

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