Salvation Issues

Have you ever heard the expression: “saved” or “being saved” or even “getting saved?”

If so, have you ever considered what the word “saved” means?

Where does the word come from? What was its origin? Or, what do we need to be saved from?

The word “saved” means in the original Greek: “to save, to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction.”

This is very much a Bible word. Thus we can learn a lot about its meaning by turning to the Word of God.

Jesus used the term when speaking to people one to one, and when He was teaching crowds of people, who had come to hear Him.

A great example of the use of this term can be found, when on a certain occasion Jesus and His disciples were on board a boat together. During the course of their journey a great storm arose!

As the waves crashed over the sides of the vessel, the disciples were now in terror of their lives. They believed they would be drowned. Yet in the midst of all these terrifying events, Jesus slept peacefully in the boat! The men on board could take the condition no longer, and we learn from Matthew 8:25 that His, “disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.”

These men, some of whom had lots of experience at sea, were petrified. They feared for their lives and they knew that they needed to be “rescued,” “delivered,” “saved” from the great and imminent dangers by which they were now encompassed.

They came to Jesus for rescue and that is exactly what He did for them! The Son of God who created the world has power over everything, and He told the wind and the waves to “Be still,” “and there was a great calm.”

Had we walked in the shoes of the people in that boat, would we too not have sought for rescue from such a perilous situation?

Jesus also used the word during the course of His ministry.

Late one evening a very religious man came to speak to Jesus. His name was Nicodemus. He was extremely influential in the religious circles of his day, so coming to speak with Jesus had to be done secretly.

In the course of the conversation between these two men, Jesus told Nicodemus something very important: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17). Jesus told Nicodemus that it is through God’s “Son” the Lord Jesus Christ that people can “rescued,” “delivered,” “saved,” and that simple yet profound message was the one that was left in Nicodemus’ ears as he left this meeting.

On another occasion Jesus was teaching and as He so often did, He used an illustration. He told the people, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9). The people were clearly informed the only door to salvation, and the only way of entrance, was, and still is through Christ. There is no talk of doors, just “the door.”

Jesus tells the people that the spiritual results from entering through Him was that they would be “saved,” “rescued,” “delivered,” and He was the only way to come.

Just like those disciples on the boat, all people are in a perilous situation not of physical destruction but spiritual destruction. And we need to be saved, rescued or delivered, from the severe consequences of our sin.

The men on the boat realised Jesus was the only hope of rescue and they called upon Him. When you realise that you need spiritual rescue then you too must call upon the Lord Jesus Christ – repent of your sin and put your faith and trust in Him.

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