The Perfect Word
By Greg Laurie
"For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’"
I love the word saved. What a perfect word. When a firefighter goes into a building and rescues someone, a news article might say the
person was “saved,” and indeed they were.
Saved is the perfect word to describe what God has done for us. He has saved us, He is saving us, and He will save us. God
has saved us from judgment. Without Christ, we were going to face eternal judgment and separation from God. But He saved us from that.
And He is saving us. Every day we face temptation and
difficulty and hardship, and Christ gets us through it. He is saving us, and ultimately, He will save us.
One day we will come to the end of our lives and will pass into eternity. And because
we have put our faith in Jesus, we have the promise of salvation, which, of course, is the hope of Heaven. When God saves someone, He forgives their sin. But He not only forgives it, He also forgets it.
When God saves a person, He justifies them. In the Bible, justification is a word that speaks of something that God does for us. He places the righteousness of Christ into our spiritual bank account, if you will.
So when you’re saved, when you believe in Jesus, your sin is forgiven and your sin is forgotten. That is what God has done for you. The Bible describes it as “so great a salvation” (Hebrews
2:3 NKJV). In fact, in the same verse the writer of Hebrews asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”
No matter what you’re going through today, no matter
what hardship you’re facing, I want you to know that if you put have your faith in Jesus Christ, then you are saved.