What does that mean to you? Have you said those words before? Have you had someone tell you a similar phrase or story about an experience they had at church? Well, did you REALLY understand what that meant? I am currently participating in a bible study designed by Priscilla Shire called, The Armor of God. This study has open my eyes in such a new way to God, my faith and my own salvation.
There’s three people I want to speak to through my thoughts on being saved.
1.) You, yourself have been saved recently
2.) You heard someone say something like this, not fully understanding what they meant.
3.) You’ve been saved for a while, like myself, but would like to know why I’m seeing my own salvation like I never have before.
To be saved at some point you became aware that there was someone greater than yourself and that you were lost without Him in your life. Like the famous scripture John 3:16 says…
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.
People usually end there but the verse after further explains the concept of being saved.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Ok so you made the decision that you want God to save you from a life that was broken, hurting, isolated, wrong, sinful, etc. You took a step of faith and said, “God, here I am save me.” Believing that a God you couldn’t tangibly feel or see, was there, hearing you as you called on His name.
So is that it? You’re saved? When you die your hope is that you will go to heaven. Maybe you also start to attend church occasionally, reading your bible and praying ever so often.
The statics out there support the the sad idea that the majority of us are casual in our faith. We do whatever we feel needs to be done to feel “safe” in our salvation. We get our quota met of the “christian” activities I listed in the paragraph above and we think were “good”. Here’s the problem, there is MORE to salvation than just being SAVED! Yes, if all God gave us when we were saved was to be rescued from going to hell and knowing that one day, when we die, we would spend eternity in heaven with God – that would be enough! Here’s a big BUT for you – BUT God’s just getting started when we get saved. As Priscilla says in here study,
” Receiving salvation is not the same as applying salvation. The First redeems us; the second restores, protects, and shields us daily from the attacks of the enemy.”
Here she is talking about putting on the ” helmet of salvation” like it says in Ephesians 6:17. Most people don’t think of salvation as a device to protect us but it is our “daily” protection from the enemy.
Romans 5:9 says,
“9 Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ’s blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God.