Are you “saved”?

As I wrote the last article about justification and sanctification I realized that there is a need to write about getting “saved”. For the most part, many people believe that getting saved means avoiding the penalty of hell and going to heaven when you die . . .  If you are waiting for more, keep on waiting because that is what many believe. What about daily life? Do you just get saved from hell so that you can live the rest of your life the way that you want and then go to heaven after you die? Interestingly enough, Jesus said that He came to give us life, and life abundantly. That means for the here and now. Salvation is way more than just avoiding hell and going to heaven. In fact, the idea of salvation has a 3 part meaning: salvation past, present, future. Most of us learn the past and future parts. All of my sins were paid for (salvation past) and I will go to heaven when I die (salvation future). There is a 3rd aspect, the present, abundant life for the here and now. The abundant life Jesus is talking about is not health and wealth. I know lots of people who are experiencing abundant life and they are neither healthy (physically speaking) nor wealthy (in the physical, material sense). It is all about the spiritual, which also impacts the physical. Continue reading