What does the phrase “Jesus saves us from our sins” mean?


Jesus Saves

The phrase “Jesus saves us from our sins” is a central belief of Christianity. The book of Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve sinned when they disobeyed the Lord (Genesis 3). In God’s government, the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23). But instead of Adam and Eve dying, the Son of God offered to die in their place (Genesis 3:15) for the Bible tells us that there can be no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22).

After the fall, humans are born with a sinful nature (Psalms 51:5). In addition, they commit sins that separate them from God (Isaiah 59:2). Sin is a violation of God’s moral law (1 John 3:4), and it has both temporal and eternal consequences.

In the Old Testament, God instituted, the ordinance of sacrifices where an innocent lamb was offered as a symbol that the Messiah, the Lamb of God, would one day come as the ultimate sacrifice for sin. The prophecies about the Messiah predicted that He would be killed, led as a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7).

At the appointed time, the Son of God came to earth. John the Baptist said of Him: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Jesus paid the penalty for humanity’s sins so that all people could have a second chance. There is no greater love than this that someone may die for the ones whom he loves (John 15:13).

Everyone that accept Christ as a personal Savior for his own sins by faith and walk in His path, will have eternal life (John 1:12). Jesus serves as our advocate in the heavenly temple (1 John 2:1).  When we sin and ask for forgiveness in His name, He covers our sins by His blood (Hebrews 4:14-16) and gives us the power to overcome sin through His grace. For He promised, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Christ will come again to end the sin problem (Matthew 26:64). He promised, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again” (John 14:3). Those who accepted Him as Lord and Savior but have died will be raised from their graves, given new bodies and will be caught up into the clouds to meet Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17;1 Corinthians 15:51–53). The saved living will also join them. Christ will destroy the wicked and recreate this earth anew (Revelation 21:1-4; Isaiah 65;17).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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