Dr. John McNeal: What Does It Mean to be Saved? (From “The Torch”)

Pastor John McNeal
Pastor John McNeal

It has been observed that among the many thousands of words in the English language, the three most difficult are “I was wrong,” and the two most delightful are “Check enclosed.” Be that as it may, it can be safely concluded that the most dynamic single word in our language is the word “Salvation.”

“Salvation” means to effect successfully the full delivery of someone or something  from impending danger. The very word carries with it a two-fold implication:

A. That someone or something needs to be saved for

1. Only a sick person needs a doctor and man is desperately ill (Isaiah 1:6; Matthew 9:12)

2. Only an accused person needs a lawyer and man stands condemned in God’s court of law (Romans 3:10-19).

3. Only a drowning person needs a lifeguard and man finds himself flooded by the waters of sin (Psalm 69:1-2).

4. Man is lost and in need of help. As Robert Gromocki suggests in his excellent book, Salvation Is Forever, there are five reasons man is lost:

a. He is lost because of his rejection of biblical revelation (Psalm 19:1; Acts 14:17; Romans 1:19-20)

b. He is lost because of disobeying his own conscience (Romans 2:14-16).

c. He is lost because of his relationship to the world (Ephesians 2:2; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17).

d. He is lost because of his relationship to Satan (Matthew 4:8-9; John 8:42-44).

e. He is lost because of his relationship to sin (Genesis 2:17; 8:21; Job 14:4).

B. That someone or something has the ability and inclination to save. That someone is Jesus Christ as He is the source of salvation and meets both of the requirements:

1. He is able to save “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to help them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

2. He is willing to save. Consider this: “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:2-3).

Do not put your trust in anything else as anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ is merely a false hope of salvation. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man . . .”

A. Education (I Timothy 6:20)

B. Church membership

C. Proper environment

D. Good works (Ephesians 2:88-9)

E. Confirmation

F. Sincerity

G. Baptism

H. Lodge membership

I. Tithing

J. Living by the Golden Rule

K. Keeping the law (Galatians 2:16)

L. Secular organizations

“ . . . but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save from sin and hell. If you are not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, come now before it is too late!