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When I was just a young child I remember being compelled, by the influence of Evangelical teaching, to ask playmates if they had been “saved.” This must have been one of my friend’s first encounter with a would-be “soul winner,” because he responded with great sincerity that he had not, for he was never near drowning, or anything like that.

I had simply asked him if he was “saved.” I had not asked him from “what.” The only context of being saved that he could think of was “drowning,” so he answered, “No.” Herein enters the “problem” with the words “save,” “saved” and “salvation.” All of these words are in need of a context.

There are two dimensions of the concept of something being “saved.” One can be “saved” from something, and/or “saved” for something.

Overall, Christianity has reduced the term “saved” to a general term related to the erroneous idea of deliverance from eternal torment.

When the Scriptures use the word “saved” is it a reference of being “saved” from something (if so, what?), and/or are we being “saved” for something (and if so, what?)? A faithful study of the context of each Scripture usage of the word “saved” will reveal to us the answer we are seeking.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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