What does it mean to be saved?
To be saved implies that one needs to be freed from imminent danger; that a life is imperiled; that dreams, hopes, and aspirations are all very near to being lost. Being saved in the Christian faith is really a two-part experience: being saved from something and being saved to something.
To be saved means turning away from a life that is without God, that is focused solely upon ourselves. Being saved also means being saved from destructive patterns of life — things that destroy us instead of build us up. Some of those common destructive elements (which Christians call sin) are alcohol, drugs, sexual misuse and abuse, intolerance, lust for power, pursuit of money at the expense of others, and so forth. Involvement in such patterns usually comes from a need to fill a void in life, to cover a feeling of inadequacy. When God becomes a part of our life, we realize that a focus on self is not a full life.
Being saved means that we have awakened to what God is doing in our lives together. Most people who are rescued begin to evaluate their lives, take stock, and find ways to improve their lives; it is a wake-up call. We believe that being saved is, in essence, God’s wake-up call to us.
“Salvation is from the LORD” (Jonah 2:9). We are saved from a lost condition (our sins are forgiven), and we are brought into a saved condition that provides the believer with several dozen positive blessings the moment we trust Christ.
These blessings are very comprehensive, for our “salvation includes every divine undertaking for the believer from his deliverance out of the lost estate to his final presentation in glory conformed to the image of Christ.” Paul declares that God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Some of the principal blessings of salvation include:
Regeneration, which is an instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit in originating a new nature in the believing sinner so as to transform the believer from a state of spiritual death to spiritual life (cf. John 3:5, 10:10,28; 1 John 5:11-12)
Justification, by which God declares the believer righteous since clothed in the righteousness of Christ (Romans 3:21-26)
Freed from the domain and dominion of sin (Romans 6:2-14)
Given as a gift from the Father to the Son (John 17:2-24)
Placed as a member in the spiritual body of Christ, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13)
To be saved is to turn away from Sin, To move from darkness into light. We can only be saved by Jesus Christ because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)