There is a big difference between wanting to be saved from judgment and wanting to be saved from sin. There are a lot of people out there who think what Christianity means is that they can be saved from judgement.
This isn’t true. In fact, Christianity is all about the judgement the Righteous Judge has, does, and will make. The judgement remains the same: death. What is being judged also remains the same: sin. It’s who is being judged that can be changed: us and the sin, or just the sin.
See, if we truly want saving, we have to understand what we are being saved from.
God is not saving us from Himself or from His wrath, rather He is saving us from our sin. It’s not God destroying us nor does God lead us to death. It’s sin that destroys our lives and other people’s lives. And it’s sin that leads us into death. Sin produces the words and actions in our lives that we regret. Sin brings us into darkness, loneliness, and despair. Sin separates us from Him and from each other. Sin eats away at us until there is nothing good left. Sin tells us sweet lies that ultimately poison us and everyone around us. Sin is what has us attempting to rule our own lives until everything we could have done right is gone. Sin has us justifying the most blatant of our own crimes while hating those who raise even a finger against us. Sin is the evil inside us all, and it is sin that God judges.
What God is offering us is not salvation from His judgement rather His judgement is a gift: death to sin, so that we might live without it, that we might live free. His wrath is to be celebrated. We don’t have the power to remove sin from ourselves, but He does. (Romans 6:1-11)
Sin is evil and destructive, and since God is good and He desires what is good for us, He has condemned sin.
God’s judgment is not focused on us. His judgment is upon sin, yet if you are still within sin, wrapped up in sin, and/or clinging to sin, that judgment will come upon you as well. As a slave to sin, you will suffer the same fate as your master. (John 8:34-44)
God has offered you freedom from sin (saving) (Rom 5:15-21). Do you want it?
Eph 5:5-11 “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Salvation is not from judgment, rather salvation is from sin and death. (Rom 8:2-6)(Jas 1:15-27)
If you want life, embrace the judgement God has for your sin and the freedom from sin that He will willingly give you.
Challenge: Rom 12:9 “…Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” In other words, see sin for what it truly is and desire God’s judgement. Cling to God and the goodness and righteousness He gives us the freedom to receive.