Salvation, in scripture, is this. If you put all of the biblical information together, this is what you get: salvation is God delivering you from his enemies through his son Jesus Christ in such a way that it brings glory to his grace.
Now, why do I say God’s enemies? Mainly because scriptures emphasize that God is in the business of saving you from his enemies, but also because it’s possible for you to have enemies that are not God’s enemies.
Here are ten enemies that God saves us from. As I go through them, I’ll give you God’s enemy that he promises to save his people from as well as a reference from scripture (these references are by no means exhaustive), and I’ll also mention an enemy that you may think is your enemy, that is not necessarily God’s.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)
God saves you from your sins. He doesn’t always save you from your dishonor.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:25)
God saves you from insignificance to his redemptive plan. He doesn’t always save you from discomfort.
3. Physical Danger
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)
God saves you from physical danger which would hinder you in the mission that he has given to you. But again, he won’t always save you from discomfort.
4. Ultimate Destruction
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. (Job 19:26)
God saves you from ultimate destruction. He won’t always save you from temporary wounding.
5. Permanent Illness
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)
God saves you from permanent illness. Someday you’ll get better, but it may not be in this life.
6. Human Threat to God’s Plan
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
God saves you from human threat to his plan. He may not save you from opposition.
7. God’s Wrath & Judgment
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! (Romans 5:9)
God saves you from his wrath and judgment. He won’t always save you from intimidation.
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)
God saves you from religiosity, which is spiritual death.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… (2 Timothy 1:9)
God saves you from disobedience. He won’t always save you from loss associated with obedience.
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Corinthians 3:15)
God saves you from Hell. And if he saves you from Hell, what other enemy is there?
God saves you from his enemies, so you can accomplish the mission he has given to you and experience eternal life. He saves you from his enemies through his son Jesus Christ.