Peace with whom? Saved from what?

Several years ago, I was walking across a courtyard on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. I was alone, minding my own business, on the way to the faculty lounge in the School of Theology, when suddenly out of nowhere a gentleman stood in front of me blocking my movement. “Are you saved?,” he demanded. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to this intrusion and the first words that came into my mouth were, “Saved from what?” … When I said, “Saved from what,” I think my friend was as surprised by my question as I had been by his and he kind of lost it. He stammered and stuttered and wasn’t quite sure how to respond to the question, “Saved from what?” “Well, you know what I mean,” he replied. “Do you know Jesus?” That brief encounter left an impression on me. –R.C. Sproul

A local secular station has started playing Christmas songs, and during a commercial various artists gave variations of “happy holidays.” After a series of generic comments by several musicians, Amy Grant capped if off by by saying something to the effect of “Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, remember: peace on earth and good will toward men.”

Of all false sentiments, aren’t the most damaging said by reputed Christians like Amy Grant, all washed down with pleasant music? The peace spoken of in Luke 2:14 isn’t the absence of war between men, it’s the peace between God and men. And that peace comes only through Christ.

Sproul says:

What do you need to be saved from? You need to be saved from God! Not from kidney stones, not from hurricanes, not from military defeats. The thing that every human being needs to be saved from is God.

Ligon Duncan sums up more fully:

We are ‘saved’ from God, by God and for God. That is, we are saved from God’s just judgment (against ourselves and our sins), by God’s gracious gift of His Son (who bore our deserved penalty in our place), for God’s own glory and eternal fellowship with him (since he made and redeemed us for himself).

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