As Christians we tend to speak our own language. For example, we’re always asking people if they’re saved, and we assume they know what that means. But what does it mean to be saved? What are being saved from?
“Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. – Rom 5:9
We’re saved from the penalty of sin. We sin when we disobey God. Romans 3:23 describes sin as falling “short of the glory of God,” while 1 John 3:4 refers to it as “lawlessness”. We sin in three ways:
1) In Thought (1 Jhn 3:15, Matt 5:28)
2) In Word (Matt 5:22)
3) In Deed (Rom 1:32)
Acts 17:31 teaches that He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. This judgment is separation from Him in hell.
But our text tells us we’ve been “saved from God’s wrath through Christ” This means we aren’t judged for our sins, we’re pardoned from them. This is possible because our text also tells us we’re “justified by His blood.” 2Corinthians 5:21 explains that Christ “became sin” for us so that we might become “righteous in Him.”
Christ paid for our sins on the cross and, as a result, when God looks at us He sees us “in Christ”. In other words He sees that Christ has paid for our sins and Christ’s perfection is credited to us. We are saved from wrath through Christ.