Psalm 69 starts with “Save me, Oh God!”
Christians often refer to themselves (ourselves) as being saved.
We even ask of other people, “Is ______ saved?” (like we can really answer that).
We even get dunked (or dripped depending on your denomination) as a symbol of our ‘salvation’ decision.
But saved from what? Why is it really that important to be saved?
First, let’s look at what we’re NOT saved from. We are not saved from trials of this life.
- Jesus said “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will havetribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- Paul tells the Roman believers, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17)
- Again in Hebrews “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10)
You see, prior to Genesis 3, there was no death, struggle, or sin. After Adam & Eve rebelled against God, He told them they had opened the door to sin and now it was here to stay. As a result, we will have suffering, pain, problems, etc… until we die. This is a fact of life on Earth and will never change.
People (even non Christians) can usually quote John 3:16 “For God so love the world, He that gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” He did not save us from suffering, but He saved us from “perishing”. What is interesting is that fewer people can quote the very next sentence in verse 17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
So if we’re not saved from struggles and tribulation in this world, what then are we saved from? Saved from Hell? But why would a loving God condemn His own creation into a place like hell for eternity? These are very common questions from people who don’t see the point in believing. They unfortunately don’t see enough change in most Christians to warrant a change, and they know what I’ve already stated, that the struggles of this life will not go away because they believe (as a matter of fact, you may even face more tribulation because of your faith). So why believe? What is the cost of not believing, not accepting Christ as your savior?
In the beginning, Adam and Eve had perfect unity with God because they were without sin. His Glory is so perfect, that you can only be in His presence if you are without sin. Now since the fall, we have been trying to seek a reunion with Him. In order to show how impossible that is, God gave us 10 laws to follow. Follow them PERFECTLY every day of your life and you can reunite with God. History proved this to be impossible. So then Christ comes and boils that all down to only 2 laws. Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. Of course this is still impossible as we have pressures from the world, our own sin nature (the flesh) and the enemy (Satan).
However, since we cannot live without sin, there must be some sort of atonement for our sins. Only a sinless, sacrifice will serve this purpose. God came in human form, as Jesus, and died, shed His blood for that sacrifice. Now when God looks at us in judgement, instead of seeing our sin, He sees our savior. The Glory of our savior is so strong, it covers EVERY sin, past, present and future. As a result, God sees us as His perfect creation, without blemish. This is what allows us to have unity with Him again.
Take heart, there will be trouble, but Christ has conquered the world. Time will coming when all this passes and we spend eternity with Him in all of his Holiness.