but what am I saved from?

Most Christians will eagerly confess, ‘I am saved’.  But how many of us can really answer the question …

What am I saved from?

Most of us can do a pretty good job of answering that question from a hereafter perspective …

After all John 3:16 makes it clear, that we are saved from perishing and into eternal life …

Romans 5:9 points out that we are saved from the wrath of God and instead are justified by Him …

Matthew 25:31-46 describes how we, as sheep, are separated and saved from the fate of the goats …

We are saved from eternal punishment into eternal life …

Per 2 Timothy 3:3 and Romans 5:10, we are saved from the irreconcilable … those who will be eternally separated from God … to the reconciled … those living eternally in communion with God as His children.

Also per Romans 5:10, we are saved from the enemy forces and placed into the family of God.

What am I saved from?

How well can we answer that question from a here and now perspective?

I see a lot of church signs inviting the passerby to come in to find out how to get a free ticket to heaven … BUT … I have never seen a church sign inviting a passerby the way into the abundant and eternal life here and now

In Luke 4:18, Jesus declares that He is here (and now) to proclaim release to the captives, to set free those who are oppressed.   At the time, virtually all of Israel expected the Messiah to release them from the captivity and oppression of the Romans … they never realized there was a much stronger force than the Romans intent on keeping the sheep from the shepherd … they were blinded to the real enemy.

Much like the nation of Israel, man today is blinded by the captivity and oppression that keeps him enslaved and separated from God … and focusing on the hereafter blessings of salvation while ignoring that captivity and oppression does more to empower the enemy in our lives than it does to enable the believer to experience the full power of God IN their lives.

Consider … and I’m starting with the big guns …

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (NASB)

The devil blinds us … Jesus gives us sight as He saves us (John 9:39).

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NASB)

The devil ensnares us and holds us captive to his will … as Jesus saves us, He helps us escape that snare and sets us free (Galatians 5:1).

So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:3-5 (NASB)

The lusts of the world will hold us in bondage … as Jesus saves us He replaces the love of the world with the love of the Father … He leads us into the will of God (1 John 2:15-17).

For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.  Romans 16:18 (NASB)

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,  and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18 (NASB)

The devil, the world, the flesh, our appetites and lusts have all made us slaves of sin … as Jesus saves us He frees us from our slavery to sin and we become willing slaves of righteousness.

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.  2 Peter 2:18-19 (NASB)

We were slaves of corruption … as Jesus saves us He provides a way of escape from that which overcomes and enslaves us.

In the following passage, note not only from what Jesus saves us but how He saves us …

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:3-7 (NASB)

Jesus saves us according to His mercy.

Jesus saves us to be justified by His grace.

Jesus saves us to be heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Jesus saves us by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Praising the Lord and Savior!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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6 Responses to but what am I saved from?

  1. Am I giving something away by asking, “You’ve told us what we’re saved from, but what are we saved unto?” My suggestion … rub some bacon on it.

    • bwebbjr says:

      While an excellent suggestion for the next post, at this point I am not so led or convicted … seem to be headed off on a Holy Spirit tangent at the moment. Would gladly publish a guest post or reblog if you are inspired to write such a post … thanks for your prayers and encouragement in my walk and in my writing Richard!

  2. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, finally caught up with you this morning … I have been inspired by your recent articles and know that God has been blessing you as you write. Thank you for sharing your heart ! Look forward to speaking together soon. Jim

    • bwebbjr says:

      Thanks Jim … the Lord leads and convicts by His Holy Spirit and Scripture. The posts of the last few days are on aspects of belief I believe are foundational to the faith. Currently I have been wrestling with a brief allegorical story … first draft done but needs a bit more work … stories typically take longer to come together than most other things I write. Talk to you Friday. Thanks again! Bernie

  3. Bernie, Thanks for the morning meal. It was quite satisfying!

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