What does "saved" mean?
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
Does the word saved mean "receive eternal life"? That is the concept that is taught by Modern Christianity. Is it true?
The word saved means "delivered or protect". Thayers lexicon gives this as the primary meaning: 1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction.
All men are condemned to death because all have sinned. But whosoever will call upon the name - the power and authority of Jesus will be rescued and delivered from the kingdom of Satan so they may repent and become the children of God.
To be saved is the first step in the process of salvation. Those who are saved do not have eternal life - but they can - if they will continue on to true repentance. That is why Paul wrote:
"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Phi 2:12
Being saved leads to salvation and receiving eternal life. And how
does one inherit eternal life?
"And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Mat 19:17
There can be no question which commandments Jesus meant because he referred directly to the ten commandments!
We cannot be saved from the clutches of sin and Satan by any power of our own - only by the grace of God which comes through believing in Jesus.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Eph 2:8
Those who receive Jesus are given the power to become the children of God - that power is the grace of God. They are not born of God until they come to true repentance.
"But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:12
"But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved." Mat 24:13
To be saved we must endure to the end (Greek "goal reached") The goal of those who believe in Jesus is to repent of sin and become the children of God - those who are born of God.
To be saved is the first step in the process of receiving eternal life. One can easily see the confusion in peoples minds if they are taught that to be saved means to receive eternal life.
Harold and Donna Kupp