Try and read this with your Bible opened to Romans 5:1-11). Salvation is the gift that keeps on giving. In Christ we receive from God better than we deserve---forgiveness, grace, and a future hope that helps us see beyond today’s trouble into tomorrow’s promise of an eternity spent in heaven with Jesus. I think sometimes people fail to think through and enjoy and then share the meaning of what it is to be saved. We through the term ‘saved’ around without giving it enough thought. We become almost ho-hum about our salvation. If we take time to ponder our salvation as the Bible tells us the angels do---they long to look into the wonders of our salvation (1 Peter 1:12), then we will want to tell others. We need to understand what ‘saved means.’
Being ‘saved’ means peace with God: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2).” We need to remember that we were once at war with God as His enemies (Romans 5:10). The Bible describes us as those living as ‘sons of disobedience,’ ‘children of wrath’ who lived in hostility toward God (Ephesians 2:2-3; James 4:4). But through Christ we have, forever into the future and always peace with God. We have this through Christ. And that peace brings us access to our heavenly Father that we lacked as His enemies. We can talk to Him in prayer, cry out to Him for wisdom or deliverance and He listens. And such a gift, which we receive by grace through faith leads to another gift.
Being ‘saved’ involves provision from God. In and through Christ Jesus God provided for us what we and others could not and would not provide for ourselves. “6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In verse 6, we see that while we were weak (some translations say ‘helpless’) Christ died for the ungodly. That’s us... those who were ungodly. Christ paid a debt for us we could not pay for ourselves. We were upside down in sin-debt, so Christ died for us in our place. We were unable to pay so Christ paid. In verse 7, we see that Christ did for us what others would have not done on our behalf because we were unworthy. True, for family, friends or a righteous person someone might dare to die. But verse 6 reminds us that we were ungodly. People, even if they could would not die for us but Christ did! In verse 8, we see that God provided for us what we would be unwilling to provide for ourselves. While we were still busy sinning and unwilling to seek God, God sought for us by giving us His Son. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. We see this great provision in 2 Corinthians 5:21---God made Jesus who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God. How’s that for provision! Salvation is provision from God! He provided rescue! Salvation, being saved, involves and entails peace with God and provision from God. Jesus has even gone to prepare a place in heaven for us (John 14:2-3). But there’s more. Salvation is truly a gift to be desired and a gift to be celebrated---as well as shared with others.
Because being ‘saved’ is protection from God. In and through Christ we have protection from God. In verses 9-11 we see this. Verse 9 says, “9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him (Romans 5:9).” God in Christ protects us from Himself! Remember, contrary to popular mythology, it is not the devil and his demons who punish the wicked in hell. On the contrary, the devil and his demons have never been to hell. They will receive punishment in hell for all eternity, along with those who reject God’s gift of forgiveness in Christ. The Bible tells us that those who believe (trust) in Christ have eternal life but those who do not obey (believe) in the Son of God will not see life but the wrath of God remains on them (John 3:36). We were all under His wrath prior to salvation (Romans 1:18) but through His grace the full weight is not felt in this life. But it sticks to us like flammable napalm and when we die without Christ it bursts into ‘full flame.’ But Romans 1:9 tells us that through Christ we shall we saved from that wrath. Verse 10 tells us that we are reconciled to Him (think of a peace treaty) through Jesus’ death and shall be saved by Jesus’ resurrection life for all time.
Being saved is a big deal! Saved means being at peace with God, having been provided for by God, and being rescued from the wrath of God. These are three blessings of your salvation that you and I need to celebrate daily by sharing it with others. THIS IS GOOD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS WORTH SHARING. That’s why Paul says in Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation.
We live in a fallen, broken world full of people who need Christ. They need salvation, rescue. They need to receive peace with God. They need to receive provision from God. They need to receive protection from God. Therefore, explain your salvation to anyone who will listen. They can have peace. They can receive what God has provided. They can have eternal protection. They can receive eternal life if they trust Christ. Tell them how! Tell them how you received it and tell them what you have received: peace, provision, and everlasting protection. Help them find the peace that surpasses human understanding in Christ Jesus.
Posted on Thu, November 19, 2015
by Sam Petitfils