Words We Use & Why: Saved

In the Christian world we use words that non-christians use, but we use them a bit differently.
When the word “saved” is used, it has two connotations. There is the idea that we “held on” to something, like when we save money or resources. I saved my strength for the last lap of the race. The second idea is that we are saved from something bad. Whether it is death or injury, being saved from trouble is always a good thing, it has the idea of being “preserved.”

Here are a couple of verses, that illustrate the Christian or biblical ideas about being saved.
They are the ideas of being saved from something, and being saved to something.

For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.1 Thessalonians 1:9,10

Paul writes about how the believers in Thessalonica turned to God from idols. We could say that they were “saved” from that false religious system as well as the wrath or punishment that was coming. There are myriad of implications that go with this saving, but the primary idea is where that false religious system would eventually lead, and that is away from God both in this life and eternity.

In verse 10 he writes about what we are saved to. The phrase “wait for His Son from heaven” gives us the hope of eternity. Yes we are saved from trouble both here and now as well as the future, but the real object of our salvation is to be where Jesus is. We are waiting for Him to appear for this purpose. When He appears, we will go home to Him, we are saved unto or for heaven.

Are you saved? From what? To what?

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16


One thought on “Words We Use & Why: Saved

  1. Here’s some other great examples:

    Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

    Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    Rom 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

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