For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 6:8,9
As we look deeper into the five key words in this scripture we see the word saved and most think this means having their ticket punched for Heaven or just being delivered from Hell, but it means so much more! The Greek word for saved is sozo meaning the material and temporal deliverance from danger, suffering, sickness, poverty and being pardoned from our sins!
The benefits of being saved are abundant to say the least having inherited the divine nature and character of God and becoming a member of His family. Eternal life, earthly provision, healing, deliverance, signs, wonders, miracles, who could ask for anything more, but there is so much more that most never take advantage of, such as the redeeming work of the blood of Jesus, shed for us in seven places giving us a total transformation.
Set free from the bondage of the law of sin and death we have been liberated to serve in the kingdom of the Son of the living God, being His ambassadors to a lost and dying world in need of the Savior's love and forgiveness. We as His representatives have been given the keys of the kingdom, divine authority to act in His stead, power and the mysteries of eternal life, so don't ever say that you are just a poor old sinner saved by grace, because you are the very expression of the Lord Jesus Christ, a member in good standing of the royal house and family of the Most High God!
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified (pardoned) by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:8,9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin