What Christian Salvation Saves Us From

Webster defines “salvation” as: “The act of saving: preservation from destruction, danger, or great calamity.” Thus, Christian Salvation is the redemption of man from the bondage and penalty of sin.” Actually, Christian Salvation saves us from several things.

First, We Are Saved From Being Separated From God.

This is an idea that is somewhat difficult to understand. We live in a world where the presence of God is all around us. All that we know and understand was created for us by God. Thus, as long as we live in this world, we will never really know what it means to be separated from God.

However, sin cannot be in the presence of God because by its very definition, sin is rebellion against God. Thus, anyone living in sin, must be spiritually separated from God. Yes, we are still living in an environment created by God for us, but spiritually, we are separated from God.

After we die, we are no longer living in a physical world created for us as physical beings. We immediately go into the spiritual world and if we die in our sins, we must go into an existence where God is not.

Thus, Christian Salvation removes sin from us and we are allowed and welcomed into God’s eternal presence. Thus, Christian Salvation saves us from being spiritually separated from God.

Second, We Are Saved From Not Wanting To Be In The Presence Of God

We are also saved from the feeling of not wanting to be in the presence of God. How many people do you know that feel very uncomfortable in a church? Maybe you are one of them. You see, we realize that God is in a church building. So, it is not the building that makes us uncomfortable, it is God’s presence that is in that building.

Deep down, we all know that God sees and knows everything. When we sin, we know that it was wrong and we know that God knows what we did. Thus, we don’t want to face Him because we feel vulnerable and wicked in God’s presence.

This is what happened to Adam after he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He knew he had sinned and he knew that God also knew it. This is why when God called to him and asked him “Where are you.” Adam answered: Genesis 3:10 (NIV) “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” He felt naked because He knew that God had seen what he had done.

Third, We Are Saved From a Sense of Guilt

When we sin against God, unless we have completely desensitized ourselves, or do not realize it is against the will of God, there is always a twinge of guilt. There is a lingering nagging within us that keeps telling us that we have done something wrong.

Salvation removes that sense of guilt because, as you see in the next point, God forgives us from all our sin. When we are forgiven, we no longer feel a sense of guilt because there is no longer any actual guilt of sin in our lives.

Fourth, We Are Saved From Actual Guilt

When we sin, that is, rebel against God’s laws, we are guilty of sin. This is true whether we want to admit it or not. We are responsible for our actions. We are also responsible for our thoughts. And we are responsible to God for these actions and thoughts because we live in His world.

A very popular belief today is that we each make our own truth. In other words, what is true for you is not necessarily true for me. We can argue as much as we want that we make our own truth but the fact is that there is only one truth in this world and that is what God says is true.

Yes, we live in God’s world, not a world that we created, but rather the world that God created for us. We are not gods. We are created beings, created by God, Himself.

Thus, God says what is true and what is not true. That means when we go against what God says is true, we are guilty of sin, that is, rebellion against God. When we are forgiven of that sin, God forgives us and we are no longer guilty of sin.

Fifth, We Are Saved From Death

First, we need to understand what death is. Usually, we think of death as a physical event. That is, our bodies die. However, the death that the Bible talks about is a spiritual death. This death is not a separation of our body and spirit, but rather a separation of our spirit from God.

We need to realize that our spirit never dies, that is, it never ceases to exist. Our spirit will exist forever. The question is: Will it exist in the presence of God or outside the presence of God. Remember, if we die without having our sins forgiven, we die in sin. Thus, we cannot exist in the presence of God.

In fact, at the Great White Throne Judgment, Rev. 20:15 (NIV) says: “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Whose names are written in the Book of Life? If you do a study in the Bible on the “Book of Life,” you will realize that everyone who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior will have his/her name written in the Book of Life. In other words, it is a list of all who have received salvation through Jesus Christ.

Receive This Salvation

The only way to receive this salvation is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. This is God’s world and He sets the rules. He has established laws by which we must live. The result of not obeying God’s laws is death, that is, separation from God.

However, living in this sinful world, God realizes that it is impossible for us to fully obey those laws. Thus, the only alternative for us is death, separation from God.

But God loves us so much that he provided a way for us to escape that death. He sent His only Son to die in our place. All we have to do is to accept what Jesus did for us and to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Find out how to do this by clicking here and learning How To Live Forever.

One more thought. If the world is correct that when we die we all go to heaven or we simply cease to exist, then we are both OK. However, if the Bible is correct then what will happen to those who don’t believe the Bible?

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