On Being Saved
Dr. Cindye Coates
Concerning "being saved" - the question has been asked before, "What are we saved from and what we are saved for?"
In Acts 2:40, after Peter preached Christ, he says to them, "Be saved from this perverse generation." He did not say "Be saved from going to hell" or "Be saved and go to heaven." He speaks of salvation from the present age that had gone astray into wickedness and its effects upon God's people. In fact, Peter was speaking of salvation (delivered; being protected from; safe --- see 4982 in Strong's Concordance) from the coming judgment when Rome leveled Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD, which Jesus spoke of often.
Isn't "being saved" ONLY a spiritual salvation, in order to go to heaven? If we look at the verses that use the Greek word for "save" SOSA (4982), it is used when it is said about Jesus when on the cross, "He saved others, but cannot save himself." He came to save those who are headed toward destruction (due to their lifestyle and being outside the covenant rules)? In the vast majority of scriptures, being saved is to be rescued or delivered (or even healed) from one's current situation in life. It is speaking of one's present non-abundant life!!! And Jesus came that we might have abundant life. This is the PERISSOS ZOE --- The preeminent, superior, abundant, excessive, increased, beyond measure in this lifetime!!!
Is that not amazing? The vast majority of scriptures where Jesus and His apostles speak of salvation, it is to take people out of their current situations and put them into better ones! Is health not better than sickness and disease? Is favor not better than judgment? Is abundance not better than lack?
If the way we are going in life (due to the decisions we are making) is not providing the life that we want or should have, would it not make sense to turn around ( repent ) and go a different direction in life? I, for one, although I have been content with my life and thankful for so much, believe there is more.
My prayer is abundance for all of us, for increase for each of us --- financially as well as spiritually. I believe we should all be saved from our present circumstances and saved for something better --- going from glory to glory, as it were. The New Covenant speaks of better things, and if under the Old, blessings came forth, how much more should they come forth under the New?
I received a word twice now in the last few days that the future I have hoped for is just around the corner for me. I am excited for this and, admittedly, more than a little nervous. Change is never easy, but change is what I desire --- abundant change. It is my prayer that the same word be applied to us all, that each of you have the future you hope for (Jeremiah 29:11)! It is my prayer that we all be saved from our current circumstances and delivered unto something better.
Dr. Cindye Coates