So what exactly are we being saved from?
Mankind is born into a fallen world. This was brought about by the transgression of Adam and Eve. The result was the removal of man and woman from the presence of God and our becoming subject to physical death. We are both spiritually dead and physically dead.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:1-5 NIV
As mortals we become sinful and fallen people that are out of God’s presence. In such a state we become subject to Satan. This is where the gospel message comes to save us and place us in the state of being made “alive with Christ”. God had a marvelous plan from the beginning to provide for us a Saviour. Jesus saves us from death in two ways. First, we are able to be resurrected and have our earthly body raised to incorruption and united with our spirit in eternity. This is our overcoming of the mortal death. Secondly, we also need to overcome spiritual death. Saving us from the spiritual death of Hell (captivity of the Devil) was also accomplished by the sacrifice of Christ. Those that accept Christ in this life and submit to following him and keeping his commandments will not be subject to Satan after they die, but will immediately enjoy a rest in “paradise”.
Eventually, death and hell will even be destroyed. Even those that do not accept Christ will be placed in a kingdom after this life where evil and sorrow no longer exist. The wicked person will indeed be subject to Satan for a time and must suffer for their sins after this life. But they will eventually be liberated from Hell and sent to their assigned kingdom for eternity.
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” – Revelation 20:13, 14
Here is a great treatment of the subject that gives us a summary of the doctrine.
“O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more, our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil , to rise no more. And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil , to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies , in misery, like unto himself…O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell , which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit…wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits , and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies , and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.” – 2 Nephi 9:8-12
Make your decision for Christ!
God has declared exactly what He desires for each of us. He wants to save us from death and hell and bring us to a state of incorruption to live an “everlasting life”. The following verse is the very familiar verse of John 3:16 that deals with the subject of salvation.
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
That verse does not say that God loved us so much that he just opened the doors of heaven and let us all walk in. It says that he sent His son to die for us and provide himself as a sacrifice to take away our sins! We believe or we perish. Christ, by his atonement, frees us from the effects of sin if we believe in and follow Him. Each and every person will ultimately have to use their free will and choose one way or the other.
In these last days before the second coming of Christ, the fight between good and evil will elevate to a level that has not been seen before. There will be evil forces out to overthrow all that is good. It is thus important to stand up and make your voice heard as a follower of Christ. There are many people yet to come in as believers and it is important to preach the gospel to the ends of the world.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33