We use the word “saved” every day, don’t we?
I saved an amount of money; I saved myself a trip to the store; the goalie saved a certain goal, and so on. In each case, the expression is used because we didn’t have to completely pay for something, but received a result in our favour. “I got this amazing outfit and saved 50%”, meaning I got something I wanted without having to pay full value for it.
You may have heard Christians use the term “saved” to describe the result of believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Why was this phrase was used in the bible? It’s a phrase that has 4 key principles behind it.
The Lord’s disciples in Matthew 19:25 asked the question ” who then can be saved” and the Lord’s answer was “with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.”
Principle #1: Salvation is only possible through an act of God
In John 10:9 Jesus says, “I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved” and again He says “I am the way….no one comes to the Father except through me”
Principle #2: Salvation is accessible to all and made certain through Jesus Christ’s work.
In Acts 16:30-31 the answer to the question “what must I do to be saved?” was “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 gives clarity on exactly what is our part: “if you declare with you mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.”
Principle #3: Our part of the salvation plan is to believe.
But what are we saved from and saved to? The answer can be found in a passage of the Bible in Ephesians 2:1-11.
Principle #4: We are saved from the punishment due to us because of our sin. We are saved to God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our sin separated us from God and Jesus died and arose again to redeem or to buy us back to God. All we have to do is believe. (Ephesians 3:14)