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To begin the new year we are kicking off with messages that are evangelistic in both object and nature.

“The Answer to Eternity’s Most Important Questions” is the theme for this series.

Today we are talking about What It Means to Be Saved.


1 Corinthians 6:11 (AMP)

11 And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (AMP)


Father, this is the day that You have made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day that we offer our gifts to You with joy.

We are grateful to You for providing us with work and the strength to accomplish that work.

We thank you for life, for salvation, for fellowship in the church, and for opportunities to serve others.

Make us adequate for the tasks to which you have called us.

Make us sensitive to the needs of those around us.

And make us aware of your presence within us.

In Jesus name we pray.



During one of Billy Graham’s evangelistic crusades in Houston, Texas, a man who owned a bottle shop was saved.

The next morning he put a sign on the front door that said, “Out of business.”

He was saved, and would not carry on the same kind of business as before.

I read of another man that was saved in an evangelistic service.

He was called “Old John,” he was well known as the town drunk.

Someone met him on the street the next morning and said, “Good Morning, Old John.”

He said, “Who are you taking to? My name is not “Old John.” Im New John.”

He was born again, and a transformation had taken place in his life.

I also read about a man also in Texas, this time in a small town, who used to tie up his horse in front of the saloon each morning.

One morning the publican saw the mans horse tied up at the front of the methodist church.

The man was walking down the street, so the publican called out, “why is your horse tied up at the church this morning?”

The man turned and called back, “Well, last night I was converted in the revival meeting, and I’ve changed hitching posts.”

His life was no longer tied to sin but to the Saviour!

These three stories tell us something about what it means to be saved.

To be saved means to change your way of life, to tie ourself in faith to God so that His plan for your life can be accomplished.

Last Sunday we discussed what it means to be lost.

Today we will consider what it means to be saved.

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul expressed quite well what it means to be saved.

He told in verses 9-10 of the sins of the unrighteous.

They are sins against self and against others.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (AMP)

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, 

10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

“And such were some of you” Paul said.

Paul indicates that some of his readers had once lived in sin but were now transformed.

  1. To be saved means to be cleansed from sin.

“But ye are washed.”

This word “but” is used to show a clean break between what’s gone before and what follows.

Cleansing from sin is the forgiveness of sins.

When Christ saves us, he forgives our sins.

Ephesians 1:7 (AMP)

7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace. 

Redemption in this case is forgiveness.

The first step in forgiveness of sin is to realise out need for forgiveness.

Far too many people have a good opinion of themselves, and haven’t looked at themselves in a mirror in a long time.

This is the greatest hindrance to salvation, realising that we really need it.

Notice that all this other awful categories of sin he said, “and such were some of you.”

They were their sin, but now their sins are forgiven.

How does this forgiveness come about?

Revelation 1:5 refers to Jesus as the one who loved us and washed away our sins with His own blood.

This is exactly how forgiveness and cleansing come about.

I heard a story of a pastor visiting a dying woman, he said to her, “Have you made your peace with God?”

“No.” She said

The pastor then said, “Do you realise, that you are dying and that soon you must go face God and give an account of your life?”

“Yes,” the woman replied, “but I am not disturbed about that, I do not have to make my peace with God, Christ made that peace for me at Calvary two thousand years ago. I am simply resting in the peace which He has already made.”

Christ has already made peace for us, which is the forgiveness of and the cleansing from sin.

We need only to enter into that peace through faith.

2. To be saved means to be set apart for service.

“But ye are sanctified.”

When we are saved, our sins are forgiven.

But along with forgiveness comes sanctification, which means to seperate, or to set apart.

When God saves us, He sets us apart for His use.

Sanctification also means washed.

This means that sanctification is a decisive action that God has taken at one point.

At the time of our faith and belief in Christ, God not only forgives our sins but also sets us apart for His service.

When a person is saved, the entire purpose of their life is changed.

Sanctification, then, is a definite act on the part of God at the time a person is saved.

At that time the person is set apart for service to God.

We can also consider sanctification as the process of growth that each Christian experiences.

Sanctification’s not only an act but also a process.

We are to grow in grace.

3. To be saved means to be justified by God.

“But ye are justified.”

Justification is another term used by Paul to express our salvation.

Even as God forgives and sets apart, He justifies those who have accepted Christ as their personal Saviour.

This is a legal term used in a vital sense.

Justification basically means to show right or to pronounce right.

But this definition fails to capture all that it entails.

God does not merely pronounce us as right, He makes us right!

This is the very nature of salvation and being born again.

In justification God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

  1. Notice that it is sinners who are justified by God.

Recall the list of perverted personalities that Paul named in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

These are the very people Paul said were now just and right through faith.

B. This points us to another aspect of justification.

It is by faith.

Paul contrasted justification by works and justification by faith.

We are justified, made right before God, on the condition of our faith in Him, not by anything we do.

When Martin Luther was climbing the sacred stairs, in Rome, kissing every step as was prescribed, he remembered the words of Scripture, “The just shall live by faith.”

He then stood up and walked back down the stairs.

“The just shall live by faith!” Then became the battle cry of the Reformation.

C. Justification by faith is based on Christ’s work for us.

Notice how we are washed, sanctified, and justified.

1 Corinthians 6:11 (AMP)

11 And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].

Look at salvation this way.

When you all come to our place on a Wednesday night, we ride the elevator to the floor we need.

It costs us nothing for the elevator ride.

But the developer of the building paid thousands of dollars for the same elevator.

So it cost us nothing but it cost someone else a great price.

Salvation cost us nothing, but it did cost a great price, it cost Christ all that He had.


This is why it means to be saved.

Forgiveness and sanctification and justification are all different aspects of the same act.

This experience can be yours.

Accept it by faith.

Until next time

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