Christians often say that they are “saved”. But saved from what? Is salvation from “Hell” what Yeshua came to accomplish? Or is there a more immediate problem from which we need rescued? In this lesson we will take a fresh look at what the Scriptures have to say about this often misunderstood word – “salvation”.
“Salvation From What?”
Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua, for He will save His people from their sins.”
ישוע = “Yeshua” / יושיע (yoshia) = “save”
Salvation = Liberation from Bondage
Galatians 5:1 For freedom Messiah has set us free. Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Excerpts from Romans:
6:6 …knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
6:16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.
6:18 … and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the might of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Redemption = The story of Ruth
Salvation = The story of Passover
Romans 8:20-21 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Leviticus 25:25 If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman [גאל, goel] is to come and buy back what his relative has sold.
John 8:34 Yeshua answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”
Whenever Christianity emphasizes the afterlife as the reason for being Christian, the result invariably is a distortion of Christianity. (Marcus J. Borg, Speaking Christian: Harper One, 1989)
Isaiah 43:11 I, I am Adonai, and besides Me there is no Savior.
Isaiah 45:15 Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.
Exodus 14:30 Thus Adonai saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
Psalm 118:25 Save us, we pray [הושיעה נא, hoshiah na, or “Hosanna!”], O Adonai! O Adonai, we pray, give us success!
John 1:29 The next day he saw Yeshua coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
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