We often speak about being “saved” when we accept Yeshua into our lives and confess Him as Lord of our lives [Acts 16:31] and the Bible tells us that we will be in His presence here and now and forever once we accept not just the Son but also the actions of His Son. [Romans 10:9] But saved from what to what is the question we can be asked by someone who does not know God. So what would your answer be to such a question? I see the answer three ways; firstly we are saved from being separated from God. [Isaiah 59:2] We are saved to have a relationship with God. [Romans 5:11] And we are saved to be in His presence for all eternity. [Proverbs 8:30]
Firstly we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23] and if we do fall short then we cannot hope to be saved without His intervention. Because the Good News is that God took mercy on the world and gave up His Son Jesus for our sins. [John 3:15-16] The Temple in Jerusalem had a series of sacrifices that gave the people a temporary reprieve but this had to be done year after year. So there had to be a better way to make this reprieve become permanent and that was of course by the action of a perfect sacrifice, His only Son. [Hebrews 9:13-14] Through this sacrifice we are no longer separated from our Father in Heaven as the door has been opened for all to enter. The sacrifice of the animals at the Temple was so temporary that only one could enter into the Holy place. [Hebrews 10:11] Yeshua said that He was going to prepare a place for us in our Father’s House. [John 14:2] In this statement He was telling us that all who confess the Name of Jesus would enter into the Holy of Holies. This term in Hebrew is another way of saying the Father’s House. So through this one perfect sacrifice, not one but all can enter by a new and living way and be saved from being separated from God. [Hebrews 10:20]
Once saved our relationship with God begins. A relationship that is different from the one we had with the world. A life of a saved person must be different than before one was saved. Jesus did not go through the agony of the Cross for us to continue as we were. [Colossians 2:14] People have to see a change and if there is no change then we need to once more stand at the foot of the Cross and ask for the Power from on high to come into our lives to reveal all things. [John 14:26] Then He will help us overcome the world and worldly things. [John 17:9-11] Living with God and as one who has accepted the sacrifice of His Son Yeshua, one is saved to have a relationship with God here and now.
One day this time on earth will come to an end and to some this time seems so far in the distance. To others that time in the distance has come down possibly just a few years and they look forward to eternity. Jesus said He would be with us always. [Matthew 28:20] To be saved in the past gives us a future, a future in the presence of the Father, the One who gave us the saved life in which we were able to see the beauty of Him through the Son. [Psalm 27:4] Where we are able to enter into the Father’s House and stand in His presence, praising Him in all His glory. A place where there will be no more pain or tears or death, living in the place of the tree of Life. [Revelation 22:14].
All this because of a moment in time when the Son said, “Not my will be done but yours.” [Luke 22:42] This unselfish act is the example for us all to live, act, speak and love as a person who has confessed Yeshua as Lord of their lives. I see being saved this way because all of this only comes about by the Grace of God. [Romans 3:24].
"When I was in the world I did earthly things, I lived an earthly life and I spoke earthly things and looked no further than myself. But now I am saved, I live a saved life, I speak as one who is saved, I live as one who is saved. I see people differently as a saved person and no longer put myself above others whether they are saved or not.”