Galatians 1:4, What Are We Saved From?

[W]ho gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father

//The Bible speaks often of salvation. But what exactly is it that we are saved from? Most Christians imagine that salvation means being tucked away up in heaven, and that what they are saved from is a lost eternity. But in the Bible, almost every instance of salvation is this-worldly. In fact, some scholars insist that every instance is this-worldly. That the word does not relate to the afterlife at all. Here are a few examples of things we are saved from, all of which have nothing to do with heaven and hell.

This present evil age (Galatians 1:4)

Our present alienation from God, and need of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

A pointless, hopeless life (Ephesians 2:12)

Bondage to sin (Matthew 1:21, among many)

Fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)

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