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Saved speaks to being rescued. When we give our lives to Christ, we have been rescued for the deserving punishment of sin. That punishment is eternal death. Without Christ, eternal death is imminent because there is no blood available to wash away the sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, “without the shedding of blood there is no remission [forgiveness] of sin. That’s why Jesus came, as our “advocate” our sacrificial lamb. The blood of bulls and calves (in the Old Testament) could only cover our sin, but the blood of Christ, the lamb of God washes away our sins. Christ came and shed his blood for the propitiation (an atoning sacrifice; the one who appeals to God through his own blood shed) for our sins (1John 2:1,2 NKJ).
When we accept the work of Christ, we are rescued or saved from the punishment of death. This death is eternal damnation and a literal hell intended for those denying the Sovereign Lord. To resist Christ, to not believe, to not accept Christ is to bear the guilt of sin and the punishment. To confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead is to be saved (Romans 10:9,10).
When we accept and acknowledge Jesus we are snatched from or redeemed from destruction (Psalm 103:4). If you die physically, your spirit man has been saved from hell. Revelations 20:14,15 says “Then death and hades/hell were thrown into the lake of fire The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
We are “Saved” or rescued from hell and the lake of fire by our own decision to accept Jesus and our willingness to yield to His Lordship.
STUDY: (Answer In Your Own Words)
1 John 5:12 What warning did Jesus give us about death and life?
Psalm 33:17 What or to whom did you look to before Christ?
GOOD VERSE TO MEMORIZE: “”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6, NIV