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I am Saved

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“Jesus saves.”

You see those words on signs at ball games, along the side of the road, or on the church marquee.  We were taught to ask people if they have been saved.  We speak about saving faith.  We print booklets outlining the way of salvation.  And we hope that we are saved ourselves.

But with all the emphasis on being saved, most believers have trouble explaining what we are saved from.

Some people say that we are saved from sin.  Others specify that we are saved from the consequence of sin.  Most say we are saved from hell.  Some say we are saved from the wrath of God.

Without going into theological details, I would simply say that we were saved from the darkness.  Because of sin, all humanity is born into darkness.  We grow up in darkness and, without Jesus, live through eternity in darkness.  Jesus came to save us from the darkness.

The darkness, in Scripture, seems to represent all of evil and sin, everything that is apart from the Lord.  It includes everything that proceeds from sin and is the realm within which all people live until rescued by the Savior.  Jesus refers to Himself often as the Light that shines into the darkness, inviting those who are trapped to come to Him.  He is the Door that leads to light and life.

So those who are saved are those who have been rescued from the realm of darkness.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  Col. 1:13-14

There is much mystery here.  The simple fact is that Jesus often spoke of saving people.  He said that He had come “to seek and to save that which was lost.”  That was His purpose, to rescue us from the darkness.

And He did it.  Those who belong to Jesus have been saved.  Notice the past tense.  He has delivered us.  He has rescued us.  He has saved us.  He did all that needed to be done and we entered into His kingdom by trusting in what He did.  He is the Door and we have passed through Him from darkness into light.  So many Scriptures tell it just like that.

So we can say with assurance that we have been saved, that we are saved.  The darkness is in our past.  Yes, we may still think dark thoughts.  Yes, we may still do things associated with the darkness.  Yes, the darkness is still so familiar.  But it is no longer our home.  We have been saved.

 

I am saved!

Jesus has saved me.

He has taken me from the darkness

and brought me into the light.

I belong with Jesus.

I am saved.

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An Incongruent Life

Grace 101

 

And if when I died fully
I cannot say,
And changed into the corpse-thing
I am to-day,
 
Yet is it that, though whiling
The time somehow
In walking, talking, smiling,
I live not now.

– Thomas Hardy, Dead Man Walking

 

Although it is a popular phrase today, used by some even to mean people about to be fired or let go from their job, “dead men walking” seems gruesome to me.  But it is a particularly accurate description of the existence Adam and Eve had after the Fall.  In fact, it is a description of anyone’s life apart from Christ.

Obviously we won’t get far trying to convince those without Jesus that they are dead.  But they already know that something is off, something is not the way it should be.  The life/existence of the lost person is incongruent.

Congruency is agreement or harmony.  It is a description of things working together to perform or be identified as a unified whole.  But the lost person, apart from life in Christ, is not whole.  How much of our art and music has come from the deep longing of the soul?  How much sin has come from the search for fulfillment?  How many good works have been done in the search to bring wholeness to human life?

But, apart from life in Christ, we are the walking dead.  Our first parents were unable to pass on to us the life they shared with God in the Garden.  That communion that fulfilled their lives, that brought them into harmony with God and each other, was lost.  The grief they felt has reverberated throughout humanity to this day.

And we use hard words to describe those who remain apart from Jesus.  They are lost; they walk in darkness; they are under condemnation and shame; they are in sin and in Adam; they are doomed to hell.  Words of pain and struggle and grief.

This is the death that God warned them about.  It was their choice, but this death was the consequence of their sin.  It was more than separation from God.  It was separation from life.  And there was no going back.

No matter how hard or what they tried, they could never regain that life.  It could never again be theirs.  Good works, striving, even religion couldn’t bring it back.  It was gone forever.

And the only answer was new life from outside themselves.  Their only hope was in something that wasn’t theirs.

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