This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
When we say that “Jesus saves,” we often think that this only means we are forgiven of our sins. But the biblical idea of salvation is much bigger than that, offering a rescue that impacts everything in our lives.
Jesus Rescues Us from the Evil Power of This World
The beliefs and practices of this world are the opposite of what God wants. The world wants to drag us in a direction that will bring us peril, but Jesus save us from that. He puts us on the path of the righteous.
Jesus Rescues Us from the Curse of the Old Testament Law
When God gave Israel his law he declared blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. Disobedience would cause things like drought, famine, and ultimately death. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he took the curse of the law in our place.
Galatians 3:13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.
This doesn’t mean we won’t deal with hardship in life, but it does mean that spiritual death – separation from God – is done away with for those who put their faith in Christ.
Jesus Rescues Us from Satan’s Power
Our sin puts us in bondage to Satan (the devil). His agenda was our destruction. Only through Christ can we escape the grasp of Satan. Though we will still struggle with temptation and the devil will still attempt to entice us after we put our faith in Christ, his power is broken in our lives when we believe in Jesus Christ. The devil is fighting a losing war against Christians, and he is simply trying to take down as many people with him as he can.
Jesus Rescues Us from God’s Righteous Judgement
Throughout the Bible we hear of God’s coming judgement. We see his judgement take place in both the old and new testaments. Our sin sets us up for this judgement and ultimate peril. However, Jesus took the pain of that judgement when he died on the cross for our sins.
Jesus has done such much for us. He has saved us in more ways than we imagine. Through him we are free from our sins and all the shame and peril that our sins will bring us. He saves us not merely so our final destination is with God, but so we can be the kind of people God has created us to be. It is a salvation of the our past, present, and future.
Written content for this topic by Ross Anderson and Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Has Jesus saved you? What has he saved you from personally?
- Which of the dangers outlined above is most frightening to you? Why?
- Read Ephesians 2:8-10. What do these verses teach us about God’s purpose for saving us through Jesus Christ?
- The New Testament talks about salvation in Jesus Christ both as a moment of first believing as well as a process of being changed more and more into people who behave like Jesus. Have you seen this in your own life or in the lives of other people? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.