What Are Christians Saved From?

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We Christians are concerned, and rightly so, with the ‘salvation’ of the lost; Jesus instructed us to be about the business of telling people of their need to be ‘saved’. These terms, ‘salvation’ and ‘saved’, imply a rescue of some sort. What are people saved/rescued from? For too many, the answer to this question remains unclear. It is important that we understand what is at stake when it comes to making a decision concerning the message of the Gospel. Let us look at what the Bible says are some of the things we are saved from when we have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God will judge all humanity one day, “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed”

God will judge all humanity one day, “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed”

Saved From Condemnation

God will judge all humanity one day, “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Romans 2:5 ESV; cf. II Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27). As Creator, God has set the standard for our lives; however, we have failed to keep His standard. As a matter of fact, until we repent and begin to live for Him, we are actually living in active rebellion against Him. His Word tells us that one day He will judge each and every one of us.

The Bible tells us clearly that, apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ, we are condemned already, “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 Son of God” (John 3:18). However, when we are ‘saved’, the Bible also gives us the good news that Jesus’ payment on the cross for our sins means that we are no longer condemned, but rescued from condemnation, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 ESV).

Eternity In Hell

For those who continue in their rejection of Jesus, Hell is their eternal destiny. Jesus said, when speaking about the destiny of those who reject Him, “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46 ESV). The Bible tells us that the essence of Hell is the complete separation of oneself from the presence of God (II Thessalonians 1:9). We cannot even comprehend what the complete absence of God’s presence and influence would be like. The Holy Spirit of God is present in the world every day (John 16:7-11); so whether we realize it or not, we are right now in the presence of God. To be completely separated from His presence is something that we have not experienced here on earth. Surrendering our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ ‘saves’ us from the horror of an eternity removed from any positive influence of God at all.

Power Of Sin

Human beings have a selfish streak that manifests itself in what the Bible calls ‘sin’. This sin separates us from our Creator. “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin” (Romans 6:6-7 ESV). When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we are rescued from the power of sin to control us. Christians have the Holy Spirit of God living within us, empowering us to resist the temptations to sin (I Corinthians 10:13).

The Influence of Satan

Satan, a fallen angel who seeks to thwart the purposes of God, also tries to harm, tempt, and destroy us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8 ESV).

But the Bible tells us that Jesus saves us from the influence of this evil angel, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8 ESV). Satan is only able to do what God allows him to do; and we are protected from Satan’s influence when we are faithfully following Jesus.

Anxiety of Life

Every day of life contains stresses and trials in one form or another. Issues with finances, careers, relationships, timetables, and a host of other responsibilities can put pressure on us that causes anxiety. When one enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ, he or she becomes a partaker of His promises too. In the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 6), Jesus promises that if we, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (6:33 ESV), God will supply our every need. We have no need to be anxious about anything when we have a close personal relationship with the loving Creator of the universe. Instead, the anxiety that we would otherwise face apart from God, is replaced with joy and peace of mind that sustains us through any trial we could possibly face.

If you struggle with stress and worry you might want to read this article: How to Stop Worrying: 7 Tips for Christians

Conclusion

Christians speak of the ‘power of salvation’ and of ‘being saved’ when we speak of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What we are really talking about is a relationship with the loving Creator of the universe, which rescues us from condemnation, an eternity in Hell, the power of sin, the influence of Satan, and the anxieties of living in a sin stained world. Jesus Christ offers us this gift for the taking. He paid the price for our forgiveness when He gave His life on a cross. He conquered death by rising from the grave. We partake of this free gift of salvation by confessing our sins, turning from them (repenting), and loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, body, and strength. This, and so much more, is the meaning of salvation.

Another article to read: Is Jesus a Liar, Lunatic or Lord?

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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Linda October 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

So true, these days there are more and more people who are so stressed that it is also effecting them physically and myself included. When one confides in me these troubles I recite what Jesus tells us in the bible, the best “how to” book of life., in Matthew 6:34 ESV “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
This has helped me so much, that I am much calmer now, thanks be to God. Amazingly the more you read the bible, the answers are all there. Thank God for Jesus, he tells us everything.
Thanks Robert for another great article.

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Robert October 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

Linda,
Thank you for reading and the nice comments. You are absolutely right; the longer I am a Christian, the more I realize the truth that God’s way is THE way. When we do things His way, it is always better. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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DocReits October 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

Another great article Robert! This is the same question I have been asking folks this past month., “What does Salvation mean?”. What are we saved from? Many answer, “My sins”, others “For Heaven”, but few want to talk about the reality of “From eternal separation from God where the fire is not quenched and the worm dies not”. I think it is just too much for us to fathom, or else we do not want others to think we are being judgmental and exclusive about the fate of “All” mankind apart from Christ.

I think a more euphemistic approach to this topic is to remind folks that “all” of humanity is under judgment and that we are “all” out of God’s grace because of breaking God’s Laws(sin), as you have pointed out. We are “all” in trouble!

Buddha, Confucius, Joseph Smith, Mohammed, et al, reconcile this dilemma “all” of us have by requiring our works to make us right with God. Only Jesus Christ makes us right through His sacrifice on our behalf. Our debt is paid! He “SAVES” us from eternal damnation and separation from God and restores our fellowship with the Father. We are now legitimate children, adopted through His sacrifice. Oh the Glory of this wonderful thought…we are Redeemed!

Can’t you hardly wait! We have not even imagined. The picture that comes to my mind (I am currently reading “Bonhoeffer” by Eric Mataxes) is myself in a line, naked, being led into the ovens at Auschwitz during WWll. The smell is wrenching, the cruel guards are unfeeling, the glow from the ovens await, and Here He Comes…our Redeemer, scooping us out from the line, enfolding us in His arms, telling us through the unspoken love in His eyes that He loves us and that He is taking us home to a place which he has been preparing for us to live FOREVER with the One who loves us beyond measure!

Yet we look back and there are so many yet in line! What are we doing while we have breath to help rescue them from their fate? Are we telling them about the Redeemer?

Thank you again for this great reminder about what we are saved from!!

Blessings,

DocReits

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Paul Huggins November 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

A great article Robert, and reply DocReits,

Yes I offen tell people that a million trillion years is just the first second of eternity in a place where the fire is never quenched and the worm never dies, I have ‘to date’ 957 friends even accuaitances call them what you will on face book whom I love, I truely pray that they spend 10 minutes of their time to read this post Amen, lets get out in our community’s and beyond to tell who ever will lisen of God grace and great Salvation, give us boldness and oppertunity I pray in Jesus name Amen & Amen!! thank God for Jesus…

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Jeremy October 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Great article I only wish that we could be saved from all of the evil that exists in the world today.
Glory be to God
Jeremy

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Michael Kampff November 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Essentially what we’re saved from is ourselves. Condemnation / hell is the result of pride; Satan is a deceiver, but we’re the ones who choose. God gave us a will, then God saves us from the potential destructive end of our having a will (pride), and asks us to choose to be humble and become a conduit for His will.

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