We’re asking the question, what does it mean to be saved? And we are looking at the first few verses of Galatians 1 where Paul writes: “3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Five truths jump out at me which I think help explain salvation from this passage. The first truth is we are at peace with God! (v. 3). The second truth in this text about being saved is we have been paid for (v. 4)! Jesus “gave himself for our sins”! Our sins separated us from a holy God. Jesus paid that debt for us. The third truth in this text about being saved is — we have been rescued! Jesus gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age. We want to focus a bit more this morning on that truth that Jesus “rescues us from the present evil age.”
Great way to start your day, huh?
We would love to be rescued from this present evil age. But how does the Lord do that? He does that by saving us out of this lost and broken world. As much as look forward to the Lord’s return, the Bible doesn’t encourage us to embrace a kind of evacuation theology. In fact, our longing to leave this present evil age is, in some sense, in opposition to the plan He has for us while we are here on planet earth!
A homework assignment: You’re aware that the word “cosmos” can be
translated planet, the people of the planet, or the pagan system opposing God and the things of God, right? Read through John 17 (Jesus’ high priestly prayer for His followers), where the world “world” (cosmos) is used seventeen times and ask the following question of each occurrence of that world: What meaning does “world” have here? Is Jesus referring to the physical planet, the people of the planet (compare John 3:16 and I John 2:15!), or the pagan system opposing God? It will be an eye-opening study, I promise you!
We’ve been rescued from this present evil age, not by evacuation but by redemption. And we are to be here to join Jesus’ rescue team to find others!