The word saved can be translated (rescued; set free; freed; released; liberated) and it is used over fifty times in the Bible’s New Testament.
Here are a few examples:
(Matthew 10:22) “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
(Luke 7:50) “Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'”
(Acts 15:11) “No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
(Acts 16:17) “This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.'”
(Acts 16:30-31) “He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.'”
(Romans 8:24)“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”
(Romans 10:9-10) “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
(Mark 16:16) “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
It leads us to wonder “Saved from what?”
The fact that it is mentioned so many times tells us that there is something to be concerned about; there is something that can destroy us.
After God created the earth and He saw that it was good, He made man and put him in the Garden of Eden to rule over all the earth. One of His instructions to Adam and Eve was to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil for if they did, they would surely die. Unfortunately for everyone, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and they ate from the tree.
God had no alternative but to apply the punishment, which was death. The wages of sin is death. Remember, God is Almighty and whatever He says goes. Adam’s spirit died immediately and then he began to die physically. Man was supposed to be able to live forever; however, because he sinned this was no longer possible. Now, because we are the offspring of Adam, we all have inherited this sin nature from him and we will eventually die.
Sin separates us from God.
(Romans 5:12) “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” God is holy and that is why He hates sin. Anything that is not absolutely pure, God separates Himself from. It is sin that keeps us from entering heaven. Nothing impure can enter into heaven. There is nothing man can do on his own to remove sin from himself and, without God’s intervention, we are doomed to spend eternity in hell. Some have attempted to do good works, thinking they can earn their way into heaven. They feel that if they eventually do enough good works it will outweigh the bad.
But remember, nothing impure can enter into heaven and simply hiding the bad behind the good, will not work.
So by now we should be getting the picture that when we die, we either go to heaven or we go to hell. Unconfessed sin can cause us to go to hell when we die. God does not send us to hell. We have the choice to repent from our sins, choose Jesus Christ and go to heaven, or choose sin in our lives and go to hell. Hell was not created for man; it was created for the devil and his followers.
The Bible describes hell as a lake of fire, a place of everlasting destruction, a place of suffering, affliction and retribution. Jesus warned us that if our hand should cause us to sin or our feet or our eye it would be better to cut it off and enter the Kingdom of God lame or blind rather than to be thrown into hell with all of our members, as there will be unquenchable fire. If we do not choose to repent from our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we will not be able to gain entry into heaven and we will end up in hell.
(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus Christ is our Saviour. He came to save us from going to hell.
That is what we are saved from. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one can go to the Father except through Him. Christ came to the earth to die for us so that we would be able to make it to heaven. We cannot do it on our own because we all have sinned. Jesus’ blood was shed to wash away our sins so that once we believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour, confess our sins and turn away from them, we would be saved from eternal damnation (HELL). (Romans 5:17-19) “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
Father, we thank you for loving us so much that You sent Your precious Son to die and shed His blood for us, so that we may be able to dwell with You in heaven. Thank You Jesus for leaving Your throne in heaven to come to this earth to be used as a sacrifice to take away our sins, so that we should not enter hell. Thank You Lord for saving us from eternal damnation. Amen.
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