I was made aware of the ignorance of some to terminology that is basic to the Christian faith. Ignorance here is not necessarily a bad thing it simply means unaware in the sense of not being exposed to something. So I thought that for the next several Thursdays I would attempt to define some basic terms, yep its Terminology Thursdays.
Being Saved –
Call it salvation, being born again, moving from death to life, or coming out of darkness into light, etc. each term means basically the same thing … you are … well … no longer lost (how’s that). But the term “to be saved” implies that you were/are in danger and without getting into the specifics of the “danger” that is exactly the picture that is intended to be painted.
I will on occasion (only as I am flipping channels) catch the show The Deadliest Catch
and remember seeing a guy on the side of the boat adjusting the pots when a wave swept him overboard. Needless to say he was in danger; but as it would happen another boat was close by and seeing him being swept overboard came to his rescue and, you guessed it, SAVED him. And this is exactly the picture the Bible paints of everyone, at some point they are in deadly peril and in need of someone to save them. And this is the offer of Jesus Christ “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isa 1:18-19).
So this is what is meant in the use of “saved”