Let’s say someone asks you, “What does God save sinners from?” What would you say? If you love God’s Word, you may know that there are a number of correct answers.
For example, God saves the sinner from eternal condemnation in hell, from sin, from hopelessness, from depravity, from alienation…
But let’s think about another answer to the question. Romans 5:9 says, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
What does God save the sinner from? Himself. Think about it. The reason our sin is so heinous and must be justly punished is because God is holy, righteous, and just. Unbelievers are not friends of God; they are enemies of God (Rom 5:10). Our internal problem is our sin, but the reason our sin is a problem is due to God’s holiness responding in wrath toward our sin.
Jesus died in the place of sinners that we might be reconciled to God by grace through faith. Believers have been “reconciled to him through the death of his Son” (Rom 5:10). So believers have been reconciled to the God that they were once alienated from and enemies of. Believers are saved from God’s wrath. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1).
In being saved from God’s wrath on sin, God saves us from Himself. And in being reconciled to God, God saves us to Himself. Reconciliation pictures a state of peace in a relationship where there was once tension, hostility, and enmity. God initiated the means necessary to bring sinners to Himself through the death of Jesus. God has saved believers from Himself, to Himself. Rejoice!