Saved From What?

Saved from what? - by R. C. Sproul
Last week I preached Ephesians 2:8-9 where the apostle Paul reminds his readers that they have been saved by grace, through faith.” The evangelical culture in America throws the theological term “saved” around without much emphasis on exactly what we have been saved from. You may have even been asked, “have you been saved?”.

R. C. Sprouls’ book entitled, “Saved From What?” has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I finally made time to read it this week. In Sprouls’ typically cogent fashion, he stresses the Biblical truth that believers have been saved from God himself – saved from God, Saved by God, and saved for God.


Good point Don. It is true that “being saved” is often without theological content in much of our evangelical culture. I lay the primary blame for that upon the man-centered approach that contaminates much of evangelical Christianity. When the focus is upon the individual and the appeal is for the individual to “make it happen,” we should not be surprised that God is on the periphery.

However, when we learn that God’s holiness and righteousness are paramount, when we realize the awful and treasonous nature of our sin and, finally, when we recognize God’s sovereign and monergistic rescue of helpless sinners like us from so great a death, we cannot help but place the worship of Him in the central position of our lives.

I’m convinced that the primary reason for the lackluster dedication in many of our churches is due to the fact that we have made God so small and ineffective, always waiting for us and always needing and wanting us to do something so He can be glorified rather than understanding that God is glorifying Himself continually, both in salvation and judgment.

Sola Dei Gloria

Quite the contrary, I’ve long thought (decades) that the reason people don’t know what “saved” means is simply because there is entirely too much unbelief in the pulpits of America and they don’t teach anyone what “saved” means because they simply don’t care. Faith is a “doctrinal” word and doesn’t have the significance to the vast majority of “Christians” that it should have. Why? The same reason: unbelief.

The word “saved” is the Greek word, “sozo” and it is pronounced sode’-zo and God used the word because it communicates the fulness of His redemption of us. It means saved, healed, preserved, protected, delivered. This is why it’s not preached. No one likes the fullness of the word. It’s anathema to the carnal church. To preach its meaning would subject the preacher to accusations of weirdo, Nutcase, Charismatic, wealth and health preacher, fanatic, lunatic, extremist, etc. We can’t have that. “Let’s just stick to simple salvation.” That… is… UNBELIEF.

Tony’s last paragraph starts great and is absolutely true. Unfortunately, no one will praise or proclaim God for His manifold grace and goodness in His full redemption to us for that would make them sound like “those unscriptural charismaniacs.” Therefore, better to dishonor God and depreciate His Word, His promises, and His will towards us than acknowledge those horrible “tongue talkers” told the truth about the word “saved.” After all, we can sacrifice a lot of things, but our pride is not one of them.