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        Matthew 1:21
What does it mean to be saved from our sins? Is this only forgiveness? Or is it also holiness? Is is social change as well? How broad is this salvation?  
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 8:36:52 AM   guest
      re:Matthew 1:21   
It means that your sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, never to be remembered. Our sin debt was paid in full when he died on the cross. It means forgiveness as well, provided you ask for it and repent. Mummau55 pretty much said the rest. 
Tuesday, April 23, 2002 6:02:25 AM lakersfan

changed on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 6:03:04 AM

      re:Matthew 1:21   
I will have to disagree with llovlygirl's view that it is up to us to retain our salvation because we may lose it. First of all we read in John 16 that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to convict of sin and to guide us into all truth. It is true that we will never be perfect until the day of transformation. However we are in a state of continual sanctification (the social change described earlier) We are to continue to grow to be more Christ like. The letter spoken of in Rev 2 to the Ephesians speaks not about the loss of salvation for the believer. For the church it speaks of its witness it has to its area. For the believer this means that God will remove His blessing upon your life and you will be an ineffectual Christian. Romans 8 clearly states that a believer's destiny is for sure all the way to glorification. while debate continues on the predestination meaning, one thing is sure about this. Whether free will or preordained, the true believer is already a citizen of heaven.

When we are saved, we are justified. This means that at the moment of our conversion, we recieve the standing of righteousness before God. Jesus died for all our sins past, present, and future. After our conversion, we recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides us in our Christian walk. The closer the fellowship we maintain with God, the more we will feel the urgiing of the Spirit. Though we never will achieve the perfection of Christ, we must continue to press toward that goal. When Christ comes back to recieve His Church, we will be transformed and we will be given uncorruptible bodies that are set apart from the ravages and the nature of sin forever. If you have made Christ the Lord of your life, you are His forever. (John 10:27-30) 
Thursday, April 11, 2002 2:51:16 PM mummau55
      re:Matthew 1:21   
The name Jesus means saviour. Hence he will save us from our sins. To be saved from our sins is to be reborn, start anew, a new beginning. Remember when Jesus had to explain the re-birth to nicademus john 3:1-21. It's the same thing. We will never be holy only one is holy- God! we are to full of sin. Yes, once you are saved it is a social change as well. Once you are saved it is up to you to keep that salvation you can lose it. look at the churchs in rev 2:1-7. Its called backsliding. Stay strong in Christ and your salvation is forever. 
Monday, October 08, 2001 3:48:29 PM llovlygirl
      re:Matthew 1:21   
I believe the Matthew Henry Commentary said it very well. "He (Joseph)was to call his name Jesus, a Saviour. Jesus is the same name with Joshua. And the reason of that name is clear, for those whom Christ saves, he saves from their sins; from the guilt of sin by the merit of his death, and from the power of sin by the Spirit of his grace. In saving them from sin, he saves them from wrath and the curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. Christ came to save his people, not in their sins, but from their sins; and so to redeem them from among men, to himself, who is separate from sinners." 
Friday, August 17, 2001 1:14:23 PM mummau55
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