To often we think of salvation only in individual terms and even then we often only think of the soul. But salvation is not for the soul, but the body and soul (see below), and along with that all of creation to boot. In addition, beyond any individual salvation, there is the creation of the Bride of Christ, which is not one person, but the whole of the family of God, everyone born again by water and the spirit.
Creation itself will be redeemed (Romans 8:19-22). A massive group, beyond number, from every nation, tribe, and people will be redeemed (Revelation &:9-12). Individuals who call upon the name of the Lord will be redeemed, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, and born again into the family of God.
We sometimes forget that God created us as a unified creation with a body (dust of the earth) and a soul/spirit (breath of God) and that it takes both aspects for us to be what God created. Paul talks about being without the body (in the interim between death and resurrection) as being naked (2 Corinthians 5:1-5), and his desire for the new body, the new resurrected creation God has waiting for us.
In this body, this flesh, we only have the first fruits of our redemption. Yes, we can be healed, but that is not our right to demand for this flesh. Paul reminds us that this flesh is a weak, unfired vessel (clay), easily broken (2 Corinthians 4:1). That fragility reminds us of our place, that the glory for who we are and what we become belongs to God.
But that new body, that redeemed body, will be so much more than what we currently are. It is beyond our imagining. It is our guaranteed future as children of God. But now we wait, groaning as we deal with the problems and limitations, the pain and suffering of our current condition; waiting for our full sonship, the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23).
However, we are impatient. We want to live like a King's kid now. We want to take full possession of our inheritance now. Yet, our call is to take up our cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. To patiently and obediently walk His walk. To learn obedience the same way he did, through suffering (Hebrews 5:8).
This does not mean there won't be times of joy, gifting, rapture, healing, prosperity, and all the other glimpses into the fullness of the Kingdom of God. There will be those things, as God so decides and the Spirit so apportions. But they are only glimpses, the first fruits of an incalculable bounty of riches. They are a reminder, a touch of hope for the real thing. For now we learn and grow, maturing in things of Christ, becoming as much like our brother as our faith allows, working out our salvation in fear and trembling, keeping our focus firmly planted on the work ahead.
We look forward to the rest that awaits us, but now is not the time of rest, though God graciously gives us restful moments. Now is the time of salvation, of the potter's hand on the clay of our unfired vessel, molding us for the Kingdom, for that glorious future when we will be revealed as the sons of God.
Dear God, give us the patient perseverance we need to keep on the path ahead. By your grace, give us every bit of the grace we need to hold fast to the work that has already been accomplished and the tenacious persistence to continue on, wherever it is that you decide take us.
Update: Yes, I know some people clain the proper term is holistic not wholistic, but while not wanting to coin my own word, I wanted to use a spelling that did not evoke a new age context, at least not in a knee-jerk way and WHOLISTIC does mean what I use it for…See this article in the Grammarist.