What is Salvation?
We all know that opinions are like noses – everyone has one. But the Word of God is a standard that we cannot ignore. It is God’s viewpoint. And, in the end, isn’t that all that really matters? Since it is obvious that many people have many different ideas about what salvation is, what Jesus did, and how mankind is to respond to God, I want to share with you what God has said about your present condition and your future destiny.
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, because all sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23, both Jews and Greeks are all under sin Romans 3:9-10; as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one”, Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.
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
Sin is a debt against God that you could not pay.
Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness Hebrews 9:22.
“I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:21
Jesus, perfect God and perfect man, gave His life to pay the debt that you owe.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
You must accept Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord.
John 14:6-7 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
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
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) Ephesians 2:4-5, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
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 repent of my sins and ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to cleanse me from them and free me from the death penalty they demand. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. I confess that Jesus is Lord of all. 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 in a display of triumph that proved Jesus had conquered death on my behalf. I desire to serve You with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.