What does it really mean to be saved? 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.”
There are five truths which jump out at me that speak to this issue of being saved. 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 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.
The fourth truth about being saved which I see in this text is that we are wanted by God! Verse 4 says that Jesus’ giving of Himself was “according to the will of our God and Father.” It was the Father’s will to save us, to redeem us, to rescue us! This is what HE wants! We have been wanted!
But in Jesus we are not criminals whose picture is on a wanted poster in the post office! Our sins have been taken care of by the substitutionary sacrifice of the Son of God for our sins! Friend, you are wanted by God because He loves you! And that’s part of what it means to be saved!
Whatever God wants, God gets, right? Theologians have battled for centuries over God’s sovereignty and man’s free will. While I’m fairly familiar with that discussion, the impression I get from Scripture is that we choose not to want God back! How awful.
This is a picture of our grandson Jeremiah. Jay is the sweetest boy — but when his mommie is around (our daughter Amy), he wants to cling to her. If Grammie (my wife) tries to pick him up, he says, “NOT CHU!” (= “not YOU!”). Hmmm. How often do we say to the Lord without using worbs, “NOT CHU!”?