Week 6 / You Are Saved in Christ!
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Hebrews tells us “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” That hope has a name, Jesus Christ and the testimony about him and his rescue found in the Bible. May you rest in him during these scary, frustrating times…
Several years ago, I heard about a friend of a friend who was going through a tough time with drugs and alcohol. This person’s brother was so concerned about him that he moved his family from one part of the city to the house next door so he could walk with him through his struggles. He stepped into his brother’s life in order to save him from a life of addiction and eventual death, and save him for the life he was meant to live.
That’s what God did for us: He stepped into our lives—literally, be becoming one of us in order to save us from sin and death, and save us for the life he meant for us when he created us.
“You are saved by grace through faith,” Paul says. Perhaps you memorized this key verse at an early age like I did. In many ways it is the foundation of our very faith. It is also the foundation to our identity in Christ.
David reminds us the Lord is a saving God. Jesus tells us while a situation of salvation may seem humanly impossible, it is more than possible with God. Paul declares that if anyone declares “Jesus is Lord,” and believes God raised him from the dead, they will be saved.
Of course, God saved us from our sins, death, and eternal separation. But it’s not enough to know what we’re saved from; we need to know what we’re saved for. Hebrews tells us Jesus is able to fully save us from circumstances in life now, as well as throughout all eternity.
Just like that brother, Jesus saves us from death and for the life he always meant for us—eternal life. That’s who God says you are. You are saved!
Our Anchor-Hope Reminders from the Bible:
But I call to God,
and the LORD will save me.
Psalm 55:16 esv
Jesus saw his disappointment, and looking right at him he said, “It is next
to impossible for those who have everything to enter into the kingdom realm of God. Nothing could be harder! It could be compared to trying to stuff a rope through the eye of a needle.”
Those who heard this said, “Then who can be saved?”
Jesus responded, “What appears humanly impossible is more than possible with God. For God can do what man cannot.”
Luke 18:24–27 tpt
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 niv
When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13 hcsb
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.
But Jesus permanently holds his priestly office, since he lives forever and will never have a successor! So he is able to save fully from now throughout eternity, everyone who comes to God through him, because he lives to pray continually for them.
Hebrews 7:24–25 tpt
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