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Saved From Sin, Saved From Wrath

What does it mean to be saved?  We use that term in the Church very often yet I fear that we have not thought much about what it means to be saved.  We are implying by the term that we are saved from something or someone.  In the biblical sense we are saved from several things including Satan (Hebrews 2:14), sin (Matthew 1:21), the wrath of God (Romans 5:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10), and death (1 Corinthians 15:55).  But ultimately we are saved from the very one who can destroy us and that is God (Luke 12:5).  God is the final Judge of all the earth (Romans 2:5-11).  Our salvation is no doubt from Satan, sin, wrath to come, and death but the focus in the Bible is upon God Himself.  We are reconciled by God from God (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

We receive mercy from God when we turn away from that which brought us to this place and that is sin.  Sin is what separates every human being from God (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23).  The wages of sin are always death (Romans 6:23).  Those who repent of their sins receive the mercy of God (Isaiah 55:7; Proverbs 28:13; Acts 8:22).  Those who remain in their sins will receive the wrath of God (Romans 1:18; 2:5, 8-9; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6).  All who abide in sin will receive the just wrath of God (Exodus 32:33; Deuteronomy 10:17; Romans 2:8-11; 2 Corinthians 10:6; Colossians 3:25; 2 Peter 1:17; 1 John 3:15; Revelation 21:8; 22:15).  As a disciple of Jesus, I am to avoid sinning (1 John 2:1-2) and not be a partner with those who are under the wrath of God (Ephesians 5:6-7).

What can save me from the wrath of a holy God is nothing but the blood of Jesus.  I am not saved by my works (Ephesians 2:8-9).  The work of God, Jesus said, was to believe in the one whom the Father sent (John 6:29).  I am saved when I repent of my sins and have saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who alone bore my sins (Isaiah 53:5) and who alone is able to save me (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Jesus is the only mediator we have before God (Hebrews 7:25).  Jesus alone is the only one who was sinless and therefore is able to help sinners who cry out to Him (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-10; 7:22).  Jesus alone is the one who turns away the wrath of God (Romans 3:22-27).  He is our only hope for salvation.

Let us then keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2).  Let us not turn to a life of sinning (2 Peter 2:20-22) but let us focus on Jesus and stay close to Him (1 John 1:7).  When we do sin, let us repent and ask for God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  Let us not turn aside to false teachings about Christ (Galatians 1:6-9) or to a life of sin but let us remain faithful to Him who deserves all of our worship and praise.  There is no Savior but Jesus and so let us not seek to find forgiveness of our sins any other place but in Christ alone (Romans 4:5).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/27/2013 at 3:23 PM

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  1. Thanks for this meditation, God bless you

    conoscigesu

    08/28/2013 at 5:17 AM


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