Saved from what?

To prepare for the July 5 release of the new book, Grace under Pressure, we’re considering four possible types of God’s grace. Today: saving grace.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!”

By our sin, we’re wretched … lost … floundering … hopeless. By God’s saving grace, we’re children of God through faith in Jesus and have hope for all of eternity! What a difference!

The Bible says, “By grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

Christians confess that Jesus died on the cross to accomplish salvation. Because He was not spared from suffering, we’re saved by faith in Him. Which begs the question:

Saved from what?

We’re saved from hell. Because we’re sinners, we deserve condemnation. But because Jesus died for our sins on the cross, we’re saved – bound for heaven!

We’re saved from the devil. He has no claim on us. We belong to God. You can dismiss Satan’s lies. Satan’s twisted opinion carries no weight. You’re washed in the blood of the Lamb!

We’re saved from sin. Yes, we continue to sin, but your sin does not define you. We’re sinners and saints, and only one of the designations lasts – saints!

For reflection:

How does salvation in Jesus influence how you view yourself?

Grace under Pressure releases July 5! Find out more about the book here!

Published by Christopher Kennedy

Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, School, and Child Care in San Antonio, Texas. Husband to my beloved Ashley. Dad to the four most wonderful children in the world.

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