Before I was saved I often heard Christians saying “if your not already, then you need to be saved!”. Whenever I heard this I would feel deeply confused, looking around as though to confirm to myself that there was nothing physically around me that was threatening my life and so I would think to myself “saved from what?”. I knew Jesus was a saviour but didn’t recognise that I was in need of saving; I just assumed he was someone else’s saviour, of course I was wrong. And so now I’m saved and Jesus is in the process of revealing himself to me, and so I want to clear up the confusion and answer the question ‘saved from what?’
·SAVED FROM AN UNHAPPY LIFE CAUSED THROUGH SIN – We can be unhappy and hurt as a result of another persons sins or wrongdoings, which can leave poisonous seeds of anger, sadness or rejection in our hearts, which if left, can have potential to take root and grow. We can also feel unhappy from our own sins whether we have feelings of guilt or that life at times just feels meaningless following your own desires all the time.
Jesus can forgive our mistakes, heal us from any hurt caused through sin and provide us with true peace of mind and heart, something following your own desires and the world cannot give you.
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” Luke 12:32
·SAVED FROM OUR SINFUL NATURE AND FROM VIOLATING GODS LAW – We are all at some point guilty of sin, and this is because of our sinful nature or our flesh. If you decide to stop sinning on your own, you will probably find this a difficult if not impossible requirement, because the flesh is weak, in other words our will power is weak and this is just human nature. This is why Jesus came to save us from the law, in Moses’ day people were trying to rely on their own will power to keep to Gods law, and the lesson from this is that we humans are weak and we need to learn that the only way we can live righteously is if we let Jesus save us from ourselves.
It is so easy to sin; even if you don’t physically commit a sin you can still commit a sin through thought. For example Jesus said “But I say to unto you, that whosoever lookethon a woman to lust after herhath commited adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Being angry with someone without cause is also a sin, have you ever unnessarsarily lost your temper with someone?. “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement:
But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgement” Matthew 5:21-22
We are all guilty of sin and can only be forgiven through faith by believing in Jesus.
“But the scripture hath all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” (Galatians 3:22)
Only through the Spirit of God can we truly change the way we think and behave.
God’s law may sound daunting but is easily summed up as do to others what you would like them to do to you. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
We are to be led by the Holy Spirit so that we are not led by our sinful nature. The Holy Spirit helps to guide us to follow God’s law because “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22).
However the Spirit and our sinful nature are in a constant battle against each other, wanting the opposite of what the other wants, so it will be a constant process of letting the Holy Spirit guide you, and since its still up to you to make the choice of which influence your going to follow, when you do make mistakes you can seek forgiveness from Jesus so that you can get another chance at living the way God intended us to live.
·SAVED FROM THE MISERY CAUSED THROUGH A SINFUL WORLD –Existing in a sinful world can be emotionally draining and just a miserable place to be. Maybe you feel that the world is constantly demanding everything you have and you still feel that isn’t enough or that when you have time stop you still feel restlessness in your soul. The world can be a miserable place to live in and the results of this can be broken heartedness, feelings of loneliness, depression, feelings of lack of purpose, evil, illness and death.
Jesus can rescue us from the sorrow caused from the sinful world around us, he alone can give us peace of mind and heart, and this isn’t something that we can find in the world. Searching for peace of mind and heart in the world will end in disappointment and more sorrow because true peace is something the world doesn’t have to give.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” John 14:27
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man taketh from you” John 16:22
Jesus is the Saviour and he can rescue us, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you have done, God sees the potential in all of us, and can come into everyone of our situations we get ourselves into in this world and truly save us from what otherwise could be a hopeless situation. There is no human soul too dirty to be made clean again with Jesus’ blood. Jesus can forgive our past mistakes and then rescue us from a hopeless or meaningless situation. All we have to do is ask.
“ask and ye shall recieve, that your joy may be full” John 16:24
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you” John 15:16
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” John 16:33
* SAVED FROM A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD – All us humans are sinners and a person with un-forgiven sin results in a broken relationship with God. Jesus came and died a horrible death for us, so that through Jesus Christ our sins could be forgiven, this was an incredible act of selfless love to repair our relationship with God.
“This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” Luke 22:20
“He was in the world, and the worls was made by him, and the world knew him not.He came unto his own, and his own recieved him not. But as many as recieved him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that beleive on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”
John 1: 10-13
· SAVED FROM GODS JUDGEMENT AND THE PUNISHMENT OF THE SECOND DEATH –
I have heard the argument ‘I don’t want to believe in a God that sends people to hell’ and I think that people get the wrong impression about God. He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell, he wants for us to be in everlasting life with him so much that he gave his only son to us to come into the world, take on our punishment and die, in order to save us!
People in the world have taken hell upon themselves by rejecting God and his efforts to save us through his Son, giving God no other choice than to judge those who refuse to listen to Jesus’ message and follow his teaching. God is reaching out to us, to save us, and if a person doesn’t want his forgiveness then they are going to fall into hell for their sin. God doesn’t force people to do things that are against their will; he isn’t going to force help on someone who doesn’t want to be helped. God loves every one of us deeply and he wants us all to listen to and obey his son’s message so that we can be forgiven and escape judgment and the second death.
“And if any man hear my words, and beleive not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words; hath one that judgeth him: the word I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” John 12:47,48
“Verily, verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” John 5:24
Our souls are eternal and we are either going to have everlasting life with God or we are going to have everlasting disgrace.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt ” Daniel 12:2
Many don’t want to believe it but hell is real and there are lots of descriptions of different parts of hell throughout the Bible such as a place of torment and flames in Luke 16:19- 31, a place of a fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in Matthew 13:50, an eternal fire that was actually prepared for the devil and his demons but is also the punishment destination of those who reject Christ in Matthew 25:41, a place of the dead or the grave in Isaiah 14:15 and Psalm 49:15, and the blackest darkness in Jude 13. There are many more descriptions of hell in Bible than what I have mentioned, and I think you will agree with me that hell doesn’t sound like a pleasant place to be doomed to exist in forever.
To those who are still doubtful as to whether hell exists, there are lots of testimonies of people who have had near death experiences or have been clinically dead and resuscitated and have experienced hell. Some which I believe are genuine and would recommend watching would be a nine part series presented by a doctor where people are sharing their experiences of being clinically dead and then resuscitated:
And also a woman’s near death experience after attempting suicide I found on this site:
People need to know though that while we are still alive on this earth, we are not doomed to hell, we can choose everlasting life. Anyone can repent of their sins and believe in Jesus and God to be forgiven. Jesus wants to save everyone from going to hell; he came to save the world.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (This was part of Jesus’ prayer to his Father) John 17:3
Hell is an unthinkably horrible place and we need to each take responsibility for where our souls will end up, we need to not only believe in Jesus and receive our forgiveness for our past sins, but we need to change and make an effort to not be tempted back into sin. Once a person is saved they cannot keep on following their sinful nature and keep doing evil while expecting to be receiving eternal life and rewards.
” And shall come forth; they that hath done good, unto the ressurection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the ressurection of damnation” John 5:29
“And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abdomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the lambs book of life”
Revelation 21: 27
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” Revelation 21:8
“verily, verily I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” John 8:51
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates of the City.” Revelation 22:14
“Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29