No great essay here; just an observation from years of debating universalism and Christian soteriology in general.
One of the commonest things in such discussions, is to find proponents on all sides of a question talking about “salvation” without much further clarification about what a person is being saved by God, from.
Obviously there are many things that God could be (and hopefully someday shall be) saving us from; but I make a point of regularly stating, in such discussions, that I myself am talking about salvation from sin. I do this because I find that this is the salvation being most heavily emphasized in the New Testament documents (as well as in the OT texts, to a large extent, though perhaps not proportionately to the same extent as in the NT. Often OT salvation is from external military or climactic threats.)
I could give anecdotal examples of past discussions where the other party was routinely talking about ‘salvation’ but obviously wasn’t talking primarily about salvation ‘from sin’, because then his (or her) claims would have been rendered ludicrously self-refuting. Which (despite expectations, perhaps) is not what I want my opponents to be engaging in. But I thought I would open up discussion on the topic and perhaps invite responses along a couple of lines:
1.) reminiscences of times when the other person was talking about salvation from something other than (primarily) from sin, or was talking about salvation from sin but then was turning around and denying salvation from sin;
2.) alternately, is there something we should be seeking salvation from more primarily than from our sin and our sinning? (And is there biblical and/or metaphysical warrant for this more primary salvation?)