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Who Are The Saved?

by Richard Nichols

Published in
The Christian Informer
March, 1999


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The Scriptures describe a certain group of people as "The Saved." They are called by other terms which show the honored position which they occupy.

In the New Testament "The Saved" are also called the "children of God". The apostle John writes, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:1-2). The Saved will one day be like their risen Savior. While they remain here they are to possess Jesus' character traits, but they also remain mortal human beings with flesh and blood. But at the Lord's return, and their resurrection, they will be clothed with immortality.

HEIRS

Paul writes concerning the inheritance of The Saved: "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Corinthians 15:50-52). Therefore, the promise to The Saved, living and dead, is that they will be united with Christ, at his return, in an incorruptible or immortal state. Those who are The Saved at the return of the Savior will meet Him in the air to ever be with Him (Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Another descriptive term which the Scriptures use in respect of The Saved is that of "brethren." Every saved person, no matter where they live, no matter what their language is, and no matter what color of skin they have, they are all "brethren." They are "brethren" together in the great family of God. Jesus said to those who tried to call his attention to His earthly family, "Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Matthew 12:48-50).

CHRIST'S BRETHREN

Do you see it? Those who "do the will of His Father" Jesus considers as His family. After His resurrection from the grave He told Mary, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God" (John 20:17). It is perfectly clear that everyone who has ever been saved by the blood of Jesus has become a child of God and therefore a member of God's family. Jesus, furthermore, says, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

When people are saved they are born into the family of God and become brothers or sisters of Jesus Christ and therefore joint-heirs with Him as family members. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:16,17). One element of the inheritance is called an "incorruptible crown" (1 Corinthians 9:25, 2 Timothy 4:8), "a crown of life" (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). This is clearly the reward of "everlasting life."

Jesus compares the losses which one may encounter by becoming his brother with the great gains they have in Him, saying, in Matthew 19:29, "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."

SERVANTS OF GOD

It is said to those who have become The Saved, "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:22,23). Before this, the writer states to The Saved in the city of Rome, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" (verses 16-18).

All those who are called "The Saved" are people who believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Jesus said, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). He states again, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Then the apostle writes, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).

OBEDIENT TO GOD

Those in the New Testament who are called The Saved are those who obey God as we have seen from the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 7:21). Their faith is an obedient faith. It is said in Acts 6:7 that "the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith."

This passage indicates that when a person becomes "obedient to the faith" they become "saved." Furthermore, after being initially "obedient to the faith," the Scriptures indicate that The Saved continue to "be obedient in all things" (2 Corinthians 2:9). The apostle Paul with great dedication preached the gospel, which he said "...is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth," of both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1:16). He felt such great responsibility to the souls of men because he knew that upon those who "do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness," will be poured out "indignation and wrath" (Romans 2:8). At the Lord's return, not only will He reward The Saved with everlasting life, but He will come, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9). You see, those who refuse to obey Christ are refusing the salvation He provided through His sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary. The Scriptures say, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb 5:8,9).

A PECULIAR PEOPLE

The Saved are separated from sin. The command to them was to "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:17,18). They are saved from their sins by the blood of Jesus, "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). Leaving evil behind The Saved understand that they are to be " strangers and pilgrims," in this world, who "abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul," but instead do "good works" (1 Peter 2:11,12).

FOLLOWERS OF THE APOSTLES' DOCTRINE

The Saved are people who continue "in the apostles' doctrine" (Acts 2:42). They understand that the message and teaching of the apostles is actually the teaching of God's Holy Spirit (John 14:16; 16:13; Matthew 10:19,20), and that "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:14).

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Friend, have you heard the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you believe it? "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Don't you, as they did in Acts 2, want to know what to do to be saved? What is the answer? They were told, "Repent and be baptized... in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins..." (verse 38). Have you repented of your sins? You must do so in order to be saved. Have you confessed Jesus before men? The Ethiopian asked Philip, the preacher, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:36-38). Until you confess Christ before men you are not ready to be baptized for remission of your sins. Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32). Are you ready to believe and render full obedience to the will of Christ?

Finally, in order to be saved you must be baptized in water "for the remission of sins"; baptism is for "salvation" (1 Peter 3:21); it is to "wash away your sins" (Acts 22:16). From baptism you "rise to walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4); there is no "newness of life" before baptism "into Christ" (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:2). There you become part of "The Saved" who are "the church." Those things that cause you to be saved will also cause the Lord to add you to His church (Acts 2:47). Then you can worship and serve the Lord until all The Saved are call to receive "everlasting life" in Heaven.


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