Rom. 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Are you saved? That term may set off different feelings and meanings depending on the history of the hearer. I remember learning a whole new lingo when I first became a Christian. “Saved” was one of those new words that became part of my vocabulary. It’s not really important what others say this word means, what does the Bible mean when the word saved is used? What does it mean in today’s verse. Vine’s Word Book gives us some insight to the Bible meaning of this word.
(a) of material and temporal deliverance from danger, suffering; from sickness, “made… whole”
(b) of the spiritual and eternal salvation granted immediately by God to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
(c) of the present experiences of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin
The way this word is used in the Bible brings the word saved into greater clarity. Salvation includes my physical circumstances; things like poverty, danger, and disease. Salvation also includes my spiritual condition, being brought into a living relationship with God that will last into eternity. Saved also involves being delivered from the bondage of sin and sinful behavior in this life. Salvation deals with my whole life and my present and eternal existence.
Today’s verse also brings out the source of the power of this salvation. Here is how the ESV Study Bible describes it.
“Since Christians are now reconciled to God through Christ’s death, they can be assured that they will be saved on the day to come (here “saved,” Gk. sōzō, includes not only justification at the start of the Christian life but also completed sanctification, glorification, freedom from final condemnation, and future rewards). But here the salvation is based on his life. The reference is to Christ’s resurrection, showing that both the death and resurrection of Christ are necessary for salvation.”
We are saved by the unlimited power of God through the death of Christ and His resurrection from the dead. The same power that raised Christ from the dead has saved us, is saving us, and will save us at His coming. What an amazing verse, I was once an enemy of God but now I have been reconciled and have entered the process of total and complete salvation.