Salvation From Sin
I've been thinking a lot lately while out on a run about salvation from sin. Salvation is said to be a onetime event that happens in a person's life. That statement is true, the moment that you believed in and trusted in Jesus Christ you were saved; but I have also come to understand that we are being saved and yet to be saved. So if we who are abiding in Jesus and He in us are saved what then are we being saved from and what are we yet to be saved from?
I have heard men say that salvation means that we are saved from the wrath of God. Amen, we are saved from what we deserve for our sin, the eternal wrath of almighty God. As incredible as that is the amazing thing is that it is not all. I would say that salvation from the wrath of God is a part of salvation and not the whole, salvation in whole is salvation from sin. The very moment that you went from unbelief to belief in the Son of God Jesus Christ you were justified (declared righteous by God), as a gift, by His grace; you were redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ through faith. "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:1). All of your sin past, present, and future paid in full. That is one aspect of your salvation in Christ Jesus, salvation from the penalty of sin.
The moment that you walked through that small gate which is Jesus you began a journey along the narrow way. It is not your best life now, it is a journey with much tribulation. The moment that you believed in Jesus, God began saving you from the pleasure of sin or power of sin in your life. "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Cor 5:17). I have a friend whom I have often heard say; "A Christian cannot sin successfully" (Anderson, M.). What I think he means by that is that a Christian cannot sin without feeling horrible in the process.
We also have a future hope in Christ Jesus of being saved from the presence of sin in the Celestial City. Eternal life with God in heaven were He wipes away every tear; were there is no longer death, nor mourning, nor crying, nor pain. Why are these things missing from heaven? Because there is no sin in heaven. We will take off this old corruptible body and put on new incorruptible bodies made for heaven. One of my favorite passages is found in Psalm 17:15, "As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake". That truly is the desire of my heart; to see the face of Jesus in all His glory and be like Him in righteousness.
The Holy Bible, Updated New American Standard Bible. (1995). The Lockman Foundation.