What Does "Saved" Mean?

As Christians, we "speak the language" of salvation. We know the words, and their meanings. I have dedicated this website to Jesus Christ, my Savior and my Lord. But it occurs to me that there may be some reading this page who donít know what it means to be "lost" , or to be "saved". They know that a savior is someone who saves, but they may not understand why Jesus is the one true Savior, and what it means to be saved. So if you are one of those who do not understand all the terms Christians use so automatically, then this page is for you!

Christianity is based entirely on the Deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Godís own Son, His only Son, who was God in the flesh, perfect, pure, and holy. God came to us in the form of a human infant, born to a virgin of Godís Holy Spirit. His very name, Emmanuel, means "God with us". In a miraculous way, Jesus was all God, yet all human, too. For this reason He was called the Son of man.

Jesus experienced life in this world the same way all of us do- the same pains, the same human emotions, the same temptations. The only difference is: He remained perfect, pure and holy, without a taint of sin in His life, which none of us can do. He gave up all the splendors of heaven to come to earth for one reason, and one reason only: to seek and save that which is lost.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke†19:10

He is my Savior because he saved me from awful, eternal destruction. Before I knew Him, before I believed in His power to save me, before I placed my faith and trust in Him, I was lost in a swamp of sin, and unable to get out on my own and save myself.

Many have described sin as a miry pit. I think of it like a stinky, smelly swamp full of quicksand. You know the funny thing about being in a stinky, smelly place is that after awhile, you become accustomed to the smell, and it doesnít bother you. Sin is like that. After while you get used to it. And it doesnít even bother you anymore.

And as you journey deeper into the swamp, you find yourself getting sucked down into the quicksand. You try to pull your feet out, but just keep sinking farther and farther down. Eventually it will pull you completely under, and destroy you. You canít get yourself out, no matter what you do. There are vile, horrible things hidden in the quicksand, slimy snakes and things that repulse you, but they are all there with you, rubbing their poison and filth all over you. Thatís what sin is like.

You cannot save yourself and you canít get yourself out, no matter what you do. You need someone to save you. And that someone is Jesus. He is the only one who can save us from the power of sin, and itís eternal destruction. Only He can raise us out of the miry pit where we are lost, and save us to eternal life in heaven with Him, because only He is God in the flesh. He is the only one who can save us, because He was the only one to ever live a pure, spotless, sin-free life. He is the only one who holds the keys of death and hell in His hands. And He is the only one who paid for all our sins!

Jesus paid for our sins, when He died a cruel, vicious death on the cross at Calvary. You see, all sin has to be paid for, or atoned for. And the only thing that can pay for sin is the blood of a perfect, pure sacrifice. Originally there were animal sacrifices for atonement. But they werenít perfect, and they didnít last forever. They were only to point to the perfect sacrifice to come: Jesus Christ.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Le†17:11 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission of sin. Heb†9:22

In shedding His blood, Jesus paid for all our sin. He paid a debt He didnít owe, a price we couldnít pay. He saved us, when we could not save ourselves. One of the favorite verses of Christianity is John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Some people think, "Well, I believe in God." I ask, what god do you believe in? For there are many gods in this world. But there is only one true God. And merely believing in Him is not enough; even the devil and his minions believe in God, and are afraid of Him.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Jas†2:19

Other people may say: "Iím not such a bad person. I try to live a good, decent life. I try not to do wrong, and to help others whenever I can." They donít know that without believing in Jesus, and putting their faith in Him to save them, they are already condemned, and on their way to hell, just like I was.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John†3:18

We canít depend on "being a good person" to save us from the miry swamp of sin. We canít put our faith in our own power to be good people and do good works. That would be depending on our own righteousness, and our righteousness is just not good enough. In fact, the Bible says our righteousness is like "filthy rags" in Godís eyes. (Isaiah 64:6)

Just believing isnít enough to save us. To be saved, we have to have faith. We have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is God in the flesh, who came down to our level to be born as a human, to do for us what we could never do for ourselves: save us from our sins. We have to put our faith and trust in Him to save us, not depend on our own poor efforts. We have to put our faith in His power to save us. We have to have faith that He is who He says He is, and that He can what He says He will.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb.†11:6

This is what we mean then when we talk about being "lost" and being "saved": we are lost in the quicksand of sin and itís destruction, when we have not received Jesus as our Savior. We are saved when we understand that we cannot save ourselves, and we place our faith in Him to save us. It really is as simple as that.

My question for you is: Are you lost? Are you depending on being a good person, and trying to do enough good works to save yourself? If you have never believed in Jesus Christ and His power to save you from sin and destruction, there is no better time than now to place your faith and trust in Him, and be saved.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but aren't quite sure how to do that, Click Here to take you to a page that explains very simply how you can be saved.

And please, if you have received Jesus, drop me an Email and share that wonderful news with me! Thank you, and God bless you as you begin your new life in Christ Jesus!

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