Saved From What?

It’s a fine thing to exclaim “I’m saved!” But it’s also a fine thing to know exactly what it is you are saved from.

Mostly when we ponder the question, “what am I saved from?” We answer with: I’m saved from

My sin
From Hell
From the law
From the curse
From wrath

These are all fine answers, but they really don’t hit at the main answer.

When a man is saved, ultimately he has been saved from God Himself. God is the Judge, He is the one who casts the soul into hell, He is the one who has wrath against sin, He is the one who can save you and without Him you are lost.

Let us not forget that when we are saved, mainly we are being saved from God.

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3 comments

  1. Frank Zimmerman

    That idea seems half-baked…it begs for discussion.

    As Christians, who are God’s witnesses to justify Him and His ways before the world, we are taking an easy way out by simply saying, “God is sovereign, He can do what He wants.” This leaves the impression that God is capricious, and that one moment, depending on His feelings, He may be happy, and the next angry, like a fitful child.

    Also in view of the fact that Satan loves to switch things around so that we think of God as our enemy, and Satan as our friend, there is need to be careful in how the character of God is presented.

    Naturally, when we come to a point where, after seeking to know, we still cannot understand what God does, then it is better to submit and say, “He can do as He wishes…it is right.” But He gave us His word to help us understand Him, so it rests with us to make a strong effort to understand what has already been revealed.

    Now take your statement and apply it to the deliverance from Egypt, which is an object lesson of redemption. Did God really save the Israelites from Himself? “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” Ex. 19:4 On the contrary, the closer they were to God, the safer they were from the destroyer. When Jesus said to the Jews that their “house was left to them desolate” He implied that God was not there anymore, and therefore they were exposed to elements within them and around them that would destroy them.

    However, in both cases, God was in some way involved in the destruction of His rejectors…in Egypt there was the destroying angel, and in the case of the Jews, in Matthew 22, Jesus said that the king (God) would send “His armies” (the Romans) and “destroy their city” (Matt. 22:7). The question is “how” was God involved in the destructive acts? Did He do it in the same way that Satan destroys (which is called murder), or did He do it in another way that is wholly different and high above the base character of the enemy of souls?

    One thing that helps me, is to realize that God’s kingdom is built upon righteous law. In the Old Testament sanctuary the law was placed beneath the mercy seat of the ark, which was like the throne of God. Therefore, everything God does is in accord with His law, which is simply an expression of His character. The law is love…God is love; the law is holy…God is holy; the law is just…God is just; the law is merciful (Matt. 23:23)…God is merciful. Do I want to be saved from justice, mercy, holiness, love? By no means!

    But because God’s kingdom is built on law, the flip-side is that if I place myself out of harmony with that law, then I become subject to cruelty, injustice, unholiness, and hatred. And God portrays Himself as against all of these things, which He must be, if He is a righteous Ruler.

    God has placed many powers within us and around us. These powers work according to prescribed laws (which scientists love to search into and discover). When we violate these laws, either in health, environment, or character, we place these powers against us…and they become destroyers: “The commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.” (Rom. 7:10). God takes responsibility for creating the laws, and says “I have destroyed you.” But He also recognizes man’s responsibility and says, “you have destroyed yourself.”

  2. jeff

    I hear what you’re saying. Well said.

    My intent on the post is to steer people back from the extreme modern notion that God is love and that’s it. He is love, mercy, goodness and all those great things. He is also just, righteous, holy and all-knowing.

    All aspects of God must be dealt with. It was the severity of God that caused Paul to persuade men to come to Him. At the same time, it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.

    When Israel escaped Egypt, if they did not put the blood on the posts they would have died with the unbelieving Egyptians. They were still being saved from God. By being saved from God we also flee to God.

    This post was simply pointing out the fact that we need saving from God because this is a lost point in modern “theology.”

    We are saved from God, we are saved by God, and we are saved for God.

  3. Frank Zimmerman

    Thanks, and I certainly agree with you. And as I said before in another comment, I appreciate what you are doing in this blog. You are digging up some rare gems from the mine of the Word, and I appreciate them.

    What I was trying to point out is that although it is true that the severity of God is something to be feared and shunned, exactly how does that severity work? In other words, when the angel of destruction went forth over the Egyptian night to slay the firstborn, did he carry a disease concocted in a biological warfare lab in heaven? Many seem to assume that this was the case. But the scriptures are silent in this particular detail. Will we then fill the void with our own human interpretation? No, this can not be. We must find the answer in some other part of scripture, or else cease to enter into the temptation of filling the blank with our own imperfect writing, and thus mar the character of God.

    This goes beyond the scope of your short article, so I don’t see the need to discuss it further here…I just put it forth as something worthy of deep thought.