Monday, October 28, 2013

What are we saved from?

Friend,

What are we (a believing Christian) saved from?

This is a vital question, and unfortunately, many who claim themselves to be “saved” don't have a proper answer. 


You are cautioned that I believe in Fulfilled Eschatology and Universalism. So this study is heavily biased towards these two schools of thought. The scripture citations are from ESV, for no specific reasons.

There are many who say that we are saved from the wrath of God, but as a believer in Fulfilled Eschatology, I believe that the day of God's wrath is way behind me. So, there is no need for me to be saved from God's wrath.

Some say that we are saved from death. If they are talking about physical death, Our Savior himself underwent physical death and it was not physical death that Jesus appeared to abolish (2Tim 1:10). If it were, he failed miserably and people have been dying ever since his death and resurrection.

The common question about Universalism is: What? Do you mean to say that all will get to heaven? Is there no difference between a believer and an unbeliever? If that is the case why we need to believe, why we need to preach the gospel?  ... question goes on and on.

What are we saved from?

Heb 9:27 ... it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 

Everyone has to die and then judged, this is a common rule. While we read the following verse, it becomes abundantly clear that some are exempted from this rule.

Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him

The second coming (a past event) of Jesus was not to deal with sin, that is, not to judge those who are awaiting for him, but to save them.

In other words, those who trust in him are exempted from the common rule stated in the previous verse.

(It is unfortunate that this one scripture is variously translated, some translations even implying that Christ will come without sin for a second time, as though Jesus was sinful in his first coming. This verse is used by many who berate Jesus as a sinner.)

Joh 5:28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 

Joh 5:29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment

Jesus makes a clear distinction between those who have done good (righteous, believers) and those who have done evil (unrighteous, unbelievers).

The righteous will come out, raised or resurrection of life, without any judgment, whereas the unrighteous will have to undergo the danger (Mat 5:21, 22) of judgment and condemnation.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Obviously, there is a condemnation for those who are not in Christ. (condemnation does not imply eternal torture).

I am grateful to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who saved me from the danger of judgment.

Your brother in Christ,

Tomsan