*Disclaimer – I’m no bible scholar by any mean, please keep that in mind*
So, there is a word that Christians throw around a lot, and I’m not sure if people really understand what the word even means. You can hear people ask all the time, “Are you saved?” or hear them say, “Yeah I got saved on *insert date or age here*.” To someone who grew up in church, this term is nothing new, but if you are like me, and did not grow up in church, this word may hold a somewhat unknown meaning.
So this word saved, whats that all about? Well here is my definition of it:
Saved: V – To be removed from the binds of life and death.
So… Still lost? Its ok, because I am too. Lets break this down even further.
Prior to receiving this salvation through Jesus we are void of God; we have no relationship with him. If that isn’t bad enough, we are also essentially serving a death sentence*. (See Romans 6:23 below)
“Wait, prior to being saved we are serving a death sentence?”Yes!
Thanks to Eve (and yes Adam, but Eve first) sin came into the world, and because of this sin, we gained the knowledge of good and evil. This dastardly knowledge brought along with it another unforeseen thing; death. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that if they did, they would surely die!** God didn’t mean they would literally fall over and die, He meant that a separation would form between them that would last forever. “Wow. Harsh…” No not harsh. God is perfect in every way, and He can not defile himself with sin.
“Ok, so Adam and Eve doomed us?” Precisely! Thanks to Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb we now were cut of from the Master of the universe. (No, not He-man.) “So what now?” Jesus, that’s what! God came down in flesh form, lived a life just like us, faced temptation just like us, but lived a perfect life. By doing this, he created essentially a “bridge” to cover the gap the Adam and Eve created.
“So we aren’t doomed after all!!!” NO!!! By believing in Jesus you are SAVED. Now, there is that word again… Now that I’ve painted the backdrop to WHY we need salvation, hopefully that word is a little more clear.
Sin = death, Jesus = life, Us + Jesus = Saved from death.
Jesus removes us from the consequences of sin, allowing us to have a relationship with God again, just like Adam had in the garden. Instead of essentially serving a purposeless life, which is a death sentence in my mind, we are made new and given purpose, and a relationship with God.
Here is a real world example from John Siebeling, pastor of The Life Church:
The word “saved” is a Bible word…… It simply means “to be pulled out.” I always tell people to picture themselves in a war zone, in the middle of a firefight, buildings on fire, nothing but chaos. You’re standing there, defenseless, not sure what to do. Then, all of a sudden, you hear a helicopter overhead, and out of nowhere a rope ladder comes down and rescues you. Picture that from a spiritual perspective, that’s what it means to be saved.***
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
***Fresh Start with God – by John Siebeling