When we talk about salvation, about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we often consider the things from which we are saved. And rightfully so, for these are not to be taken lightly. But have you considered the things to which you are saved?
3 Things From Which We Are Saved
1. Our sinful nature – Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:17 that our old nature passes away when we come to Christ:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We do not have to live the way we did before coming to Christ. We are given a new nature – a new way that we can live.
2. Death – Romans 6:23 is very clear on this:
“For the wages of sin is death….”
Wages are what a person earns for a day’s work, or for the job they do. So when Paul speaks of wages here, he is talking about the payment that we receive for our sins. “Death” is not a payment that I want to receive for my life’s work.
3. Hell – In Revelation 20:15, John tells us:
“Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
In Matthew 25, Jesus is telling the parable of the sheep and the goats. In verse 41, Jesus says:
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’”
I am thankful that because I know Jesus, my name will be found in the book of life!
3 Things To Which We Are Saved
1. Good works in Christ – In Ephesians 2:10, Paul tells us:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We’re saved by grace, through faith, which Paul tells us is a gift from God. Isn’t it amazing that we’re saved to good works, which God already has planned for us!
2. Freedom in Christ – In Galatians 5, Paul talks about our freedom in Christ:
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
God doesn’t want to see us struggling as a slave to sin. His plan for us is freedom in Him!
3. Heaven – John 3:16 tells us that God has eternal life prepared for us:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Imagine how much God must love us, and want us to spend eternity with Him, if He was willing to sacrifice His son for us!
When you consider salvation, remember that
you are not just turning from your old nature, and turning from your sin,
but that you are turning to God, and to a new life in Him!
Revelation 22:20 –
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”