Many Christians say, “I’ve been saved.” All people who put their faith in Jesus Christ have been “saved by grace, not by works, it is the gift of God, so no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). But what exactly have we been saved from? To unbelievers the word “saved” has no meaning. If an unbeliever asked a Christian what it means to be saved what would the response be? First Peter 3:15 says to “always be prepared to make a defense for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” This article will help Christians know how to respond and will, hopefully, give some understanding to unbelievers. Here are six things that Christians have been saved from.
- From deception. There is “wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved”(II Thessalonians 2:10).
- From condemnation and guilt. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God”(John 3:18).
- From the wrath of God. “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved from the wrath of God”(Romans 5:9).
- From the power of sin. “For sin will not have dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace…having been set free from sin”(Romans 6:14 & 18).
- From the kingdom of darkness. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness of sin”(Romans 1:13).
- From the bondage of religious laws and requirements. “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law”(Galatians 5:18).
Truly, Christians can rejoice in our salvation!