SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
While growing up in the church, this next scripture helped me to try and understand the concept of being Saved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in him. Ephesians 1: 7-10 NKJV
SAVED – …and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3: 24-26 NIV
John 1: 14, 16-17 – The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw His glory, the glory which He received as the Father’s only Son; Out of the fullness of His grace He has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another; God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. GNT
When God Saves Us – You Gentiles by birth – called “the uncircumcised” by the Jews, who call themselves the circumcised (which refers to what men do their bodies) – remember what you were in the past. At that time you were apart from Immanuel (which means, “God is with us”). You were foreigners and did not belong to God’s chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God’s promises to His people, and you lived in this world without hope and without God. But now, in union with Immanuel you, who used to be far away, have been brought near by the blood of Immanuel. So Immanuel came and preached the Good News of peace to all – to you Gentiles, who were far away from God, and to the Jews, who were near to Him. It is through Immanuel that all of us, Jews and Gentiles, are able to come in the one Spirit into the presence of the Father. So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God’s people and members of the family of God.