Saved from What?
So often we hear people say, “You need to get saved!” Yet, for many, it is puzzling as to what we are to be saved from! And when explained, it seems that the answer falls far short of satisfactory! For it seems that all that is said is that, we need to be saved from Hell! Now, this may be true, but is this really all? Also, we find a lack of explanation as for why we are in danger of Hell! Let us then attempt to undertake what we need to be saved from, and the necessity to be saved!
Saved From Satan’s Dominion
It is true, we as human beings, like to think that we are in absolute control! However, this is far from the case! Looking at Ephesians 2:1-2, we read, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” We see then, that we once were all under the influence of Satan, the great deceiver! Turning then to Colossians, we read, “He [God] has delivered [saved] us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son…” (Colossians 1:13) Again, we read, “He [God] disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:15) Once more, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
One more thing about Satan. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Thankfully, we read, “Only through Christ is it removed [the veil of blindness]…But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” (2 Corinthians 3:14, 16) And also, God has sent people to, “Open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified [made holy] by faith in me.” (Acts 26:18)
I trust this to be clear, we needed to be saved from Satan and the power he wields through death! He is also the deceiver, and deceives by his craftiness! He blinds people from the truth that they might be saved!
Saves from Slavery to Sin
Like it or not, we all come into this world as slaves of sin! Ever watched a small child? Did they have to be trained to complain, fight, and say nasty things? No! We read with respect to sin’s dominion like this, “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) This means that those who are not saved by grace, are under sin’s dominion! Continuing to verse 17, “But thanks be to God, that you were once slaves of sin.” Yes, we all were once “slaves of sin”! Praise God, we also read, “And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)
To put it a little differently, we read, “Come to me [Jesus], all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Not only does this verse reveal that one is a slave of sin, but that as such, we cannot free ourselves. We find that Satan is our taskmaster, and being the evil being he is, is absolutely ruthless! We find also, that we as humans are totally bankrupt spiritually speaking! We are helpless sinners. Even as it is written, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” (Romans 7:18) For we know that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick [wicked]; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) So, not only is Satan people’s taskmaster, but they themselves have a heart that is bent to do evil!
Here then, we see that a person also needs to be saved from being a “slave of sin.”
Saved from Judgement
Sin has consequences. Sometimes those consequences are already being reaped in this life! We see wars, murder, disease, broken relationships, and the trail of the consequences of sin goes on! Yet, we are warned of God’s wrath to come! As it is written, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14-15) Again, “Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’” (Revelation 6:15-17)
Thankfully, we also read, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have been justified [freed from all guilt] by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:8-9)
Ultimately, there is also the Lake of Fire to be saved from! As it is written, “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
Saved from a Wasted Life
Listen with care as to what is written, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own…but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9)
Let us also pay attention to these words, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
So then, not only have we been saved from sin and its dominion, from the consequences of my sin, from Satan’s cruel tyranny, but one becomes a fruitful Christian because we step out, and let Christ step in, and live His own life in and through us! What a tremendous lesson this is! What an incredible way to live!
Indeed, one is saved purely by the grace of God! To Him alone belongs all the glory and the honour! Let us submit to Him, and give Him the honour that is due His great name!
Are You Saved?
Are you still a slave of sin? Do you love your neighbour like yourself? Are you still a selfish person? Are you still lusting after the treasures and pleasures of this Earth? Think about it. For it is your sins that have made a separation between you and God who is holy. It is God before whom you yourself will have to stand and give an account to! Everything you have done in secret – will be exposed. He is the Creator and your Judge. Yet, despite your ungodliness – He loves you, and that is the reason He sent His uniquely born Son! He sent Him to take the punishment you deserved for all your sin. Besides, your righteousness are counted as “filthy rags” (~Isaiah 64:6). You not only need your sin-debt erased, but you need a righteousness equal to that of God Himself! Do you have it? No, we can never be good enough. We can never be perfect like God! We can never live the “Christian” life, to the standard we would need to, to attain eternal life! It is the height of human arrogance to think we can! We need to humble ourselves before God and acknowledge, like Peter when Christ called him, “I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8) Indeed, you need to place your faith squarely on Christ alone to save you! Only by placing your faith in Christ, can you be saved! There is not another way! Salvation does not have to do with anything you are to do, for that would be works, but it is based solely on the mercy of God saving you by His grace! As is so aptly written, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) We also so simply read, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only [uniquely born] Son of God.” (John 3:18)
Have you believed the gospel for yourself? “The gospel…that Christ died for our [your] sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Do you see that God placed all of your sins on Christ, as He hung upon that awful cross? “And the LORD laid on him [Christ] the iniquity [sin] of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) In turn His righteousness is given to you who believe. Do you believe? As it is written, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Or as here, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” (Zechariah 3:4) Just as with the prodigal. He came with his filthy clothing still on, and the Father gave him the “best robe.” This is precisely how God the Father works with us! We don’t deserve this great exchange! Yet, this reveals the love of God for us! How marvellous it is! Indeed, it the righteousness of Christ alone that makes us acceptable before God! It is not our obedience, but Christ’s righteousness given us that makes a person acceptable! This can never be lost once given! No wonder the saints sing the praises of God! For God has been so gracious toward us undeserving ones!
Who are you placing your faith in to save you? Listen, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”! (Romans 10:13) What a tremendous promise! Jesus wants you saved today – it is why He died for you! Indeed, He is risen! Soon He will return to gather His own to Himself. Then the wrath of God will be poured out upon the ungodly. Are you ready, or will you have to face the wrath of God, because you rejected the Saviour who endured the wrath of God on your behalf? Think on it…what will you do with Jesus Christ, the one who died in your place? The one who alone is called the Saviour?
Victor J. Reimer
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