Sometimes when I am witnessing, the unbeliever will ask me, "What are we saved from?" What's the best answer for him?
ESV - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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Jesus Christ saved us from the condemnation of law Gal 3:13 See also Ac 13:38-39 Jesus Christ saved us from God’s wrath 1Th 1:10; 5:9 Jesus Christ saved us from the power of death 2Ti 1:10
There is a three point message about this question that has been used by me and several others to illustrate exactly what the name Jesus means.  Humans need to be saved from the penalty of sin. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 tell us that all have sinned and the wages of sin is death. So when one is saved by being born again into Jesus. John 3:3 and 1 Peter 1:2-4, they are saved from the death penalty.  Jesus also saves us from the power of sin. When one is saved through Jesus something else happens, the Holy Spirit comes to reside inside our spirit. John 16:7 and Romans 15:13 and 1 Corinthians 3:16. tells us the Holy Spirit is in us to give us power over sin's sway, as we begin to live for God.  Jesus will eventually save us from the very presence of sin. When we die or when Jesus calls us home by the rapture we will be taken to heaven, and in heaven there is no sin. This is the culmination of salvation from the death penalty, through freedom from sin's power to the perfection of heaven. John 14:6 tells us Jesus is the Way, Truth and very Life. He is the Way to the Father, the Truth of the Father and the eternal Life of the Father. Thus when we are saved we are saved from being lost, from the false and from the second death. Revelation 2:11 and Revelation 20:6 and Revelation 21: 8. Salvation means deliverance from ruin, so from ruin to righteousness is what Jesus does for us.
Many religious people who consider themselves as Christians need to know the answer to this question. I have met some super religious people who go to church and participate in many church activities, but have no authentic relationship with Christ. They are not sure if they would get to heaven, but they believe that Jesus would give them good things on earth, if they obey certain rules and get water baptized. Such so called Christians should know what it means to be saved: 1. Saved from hell, which we all deserve as sinners 2. Saved from separation from God or redemption of the relationship that Adam had with God in the beginning 3. Saved from God's wrath and condemnation for sins, by the washing of the blood and regeneration through the Holy Spirit. Faith in Christ and accepting Him ALONE(not self-righteousness, not Mary, not saints etc.) as a personal savior can save mankind. The Triune God (Father, Spirit, Son) is the only true God - who created heaven and earth. http://www.saviorgod.com/p/how-to-go-to-heaven.html
People should honestly answer the question of whether they are looking forward to their own temporal deaths. It seems to me that the natural "human" response (particularly for non-Christians) would be to say that they are not, or (to put it in a more positive way) that, given the choice, they would prefer to go on living indefinitely. (If a person believes that this life is all there is, it stands to reason that they would want to prolong that life as long as possible, as long as its quality can be maintained.) However, from a temporal standpoint, it is an impossibility. That impossibility is what Christianity saves us from, by allowing us to know that we will live eternally in God's presence -- as He intended for humans when He created them -- rather than being eternally separated from Him because of our sin (that is, our universal disobedience to His commands). However, that salvation cannot be achieved by anything that we can possibly do, because none of us (due to our inborn, fallen natures) are capable of achieving the sinless perfection that a holy God demands in order to remain in His presence (Romans 3:23). Instead, it is achievable solely by placing our total faith in the redemption from sin that only Jesus could make possible through His sinless life; His undeserved, sacrificial death (which, because Jesus was true God as well as true man, paid the debt that all humanity owes to God because of its sin -- a debt that humans (individually or collectively) could never pay); and His subsequent resurrection from the dead, which proved that His sacrifice had been acceptable in God's sight (Acts 4:12; Romans 6:23).
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). This text makes it clear why Jesus came - to save us from our sins. We need salvation because we all have sinned (Rom 3:23). Salvation is a gift from God that we receive by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). Jesus took the punishment for our sins upon Himself because our own works cannot save us. Does faith absolve us from obedience to God’s law? Apostle Paul doesn't think so: “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law (Rom 3:31). A woman is caught in adultery and brought before Jesus. According with the law, she was condemned to death (John 8:3-7). The law could not save her, but Jesus could. Instead of stoning, Jesus forgave her and placed her under grace: “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11). Jesus saved her by grace but did not relieve her from obedience to God’s law. Grace takes away the condemnation of the law, but it does not do away with the law (Rom 8:1). In Romans 6:14-16 Paul makes even more clearer the relation between law and grace. Simply put it, sin, which is transgressing God’s law (1 John 3:4), leads to eternal death, but grace leads to eternal life (Rom 7:12). Being obedient is not legalism, but a manifestation of our love for our Savior who died to save us from a life of sin and eternal death (John 14:15, 15:10; 1 John 5:3).
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