From what do we need saving?

Yesterday we started to look at this entry from my church home’s statement of faith:

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from human merit or works, and is received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and that believers are kept secure in Him forever. Ephesians 2:8-9; John 10:27-30; John 3:16-18, John 14:6; Acts 4:12

I posed a few questions as a way of pressing through the faith tenants presented in this statement. The meat of this statement can be separated into three main topics.

1)    Salvation is a free gift, not earned or deserved.
2)    Salvation comes through faith.
3)    Salvation is secure.

The questions I offered are as follows:

1)    What is salvation?
2)    From what do we need saving?
3)    How do I get faith, if I can’t earn it and I don’t deserve it?
4)    What must I do to be saved?
5)    Can I lose my salvation?

And one bonus question

6)    Have I committed the unpardonable sin?

As I detailed in my first post on this topic, the word in Greek – sozo – saved – includes more than “salvation” as it is has been used in the Church for centuries. But this word salvation does seem to imply a sense of rescue.

So we come to our question of the day

From what do we need saving?

Why do we need rescue in the first place.

In this ‘Foundations’ class we have spent a lot of time talking about the biblical doctrine of man’s fallen and sinful state.

We have looked at the statements in John 3:18 and 36, that we are condemned and under the wrath of God, and the fact that John 3:16 clearly indicates that without Christ we will perish.

But the very first ‘salvation’ verse I shared yesterday, gives us a good starting point to answer today’s question.

"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21 NASB

Yes – sin is rebellion.
Yes – man chooses sin and turns his back on God.
Yes – we sin when we are drawn away by our own lusts.

But in essence, sin is our captor! Man without Christ is enslaved by sin.

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? ...

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. - Romans 6:16, 20 ESV

Yes our will and our choices are involved here, but you can’t by any power of your own will. break free from this slavery to sin. It is a bigger master than you can take on. The root of your slavery goes back to the day sin enter our species with Adam and Eve.

Jesus came to break the power of this slavery by His own death.

Death is actually the only way to break the grip of this particular slavery.

We learn of this in Romans Chapter 6. [OK – I admit it, Romans 6 is also on my top 10 list and I would love to do a verse by verse study of it here, but not today.]

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knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. - Romans 6:6-7 NASB

Christ was crucified, and we with Him, so that sin and death no longer reign in our lives.

Understand, beloved, that this freedom from the slavery of sin is not the freedom to sin, but the freedom from sin.

Paul actually goes on to contrast our former life as a life enslaved to sin, and our new life as enslaved to righteousness. We then served sin to gain its wages – death, we now serve righteousness to gain its wages – life.

So then – this salvation – this wonderful sozo – sets us free from sin and free to righteousness – sets us free from death and free to life – sets us free from the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of satan and sets us at large in the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, the kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Ben NelsonSee you again tomorrow when we look at

3)    How do I get faith, if I can’t earn it and I don’t deserve it?

Thanks for coming by!

Ben

3 thoughts on “From what do we need saving?

  1. debbestillandlisten

    It is so amazing that God knows exactly what you need in order to carry out His plan for your life. I am learning so much from my Follow class and your series, Ben. All of which is equipping me to be able to disciple others for His glory. Amen!

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