I asked the Reverend what he meant by the term "saved," so that we might be clear about his definition. He explained there are two main considerations: death and life. Death, by Biblical interpretation, is a state of separation from God. The Bible says that man is born as a mortal, as a sinner, and that the consequence of this condition of man is death, or separation from God. However, through Christ, God gives man the gift of life — an abiding in the presence of God, in the nearness of God. This state of life is eternal, beyond time, bestowed on man through Lord Jesus Christ.
"I don’t think there could be anything worse than to be eternally separated from God," Reverend Pelletier said. "To be saved, then, is to be born again, to believe in Jesus. The Bible says, ‘He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But to those who received Him,‘ — invited him, accepted him into their heart — ’He gave the power to become the sons of God’ (from John 1:11-13), to those who were born not of the flesh but of the spirit of God. So this being saved is the reality of being saved from judgment upon our sin and entering into a new and eternal life in the knowledge and in the fellowship of God through Jesus Christ."
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