What is Salvation?
When the Bible speaks of “salvation” we can easily confuse it with “trying to be a good person.” Bible salvation is actually a wonderful offer. It is forgiveness for anything and everything we have done that violates the character, nature, and will of God (everyone is guilty). Not only that, salvation opens up a door for each of us to experience a relationship with God. A relationship that is described as calling Him “Father” and one in which He says that He will speak to us, guide us, and protect us.
Here is what God has said about you – past, present, and future.
1. God has loved you before you were even born.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
2. Man is born with a sin nature that guarantees rebellion against God (sin). Sin brings spiritual death.
“Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men.” Romans 5:12
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.” Ephesians 2:1
3. Sin is a debt against God that you could not pay.
“. . . without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22.
Jesus, perfect God and perfect man, gave His life to pay the debt that you owe.
“God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
You must accept Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6-7
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:9-11
Here is sample prayer that contains the words describing a heart attitude of faith and repentance:
Dear Father God, Thank you for loving me even when I am unlovable. In response to your great love, I regret my past actions and ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to cleanse me from them, and free me from the spiritual separation they caused. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. I believe and declare that Jesus is Lord of all creation. Today, I choose Him as my Lord and the Savior of my soul. I believe with all of my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive today – as proof that He conquered death for everyone who believes. I desire to serve You with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.