What is Salvation?

To put it simply, salvation is the redemption of a person’s soul through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ to preserve them from spending an eternity in Hell.

Salvation is a free gift from God and is offered to everyone. It is this gift that enables the believer to say “I Am Saved”. So what about you… Are you “saved”?

Honestly, how many times have you been asked that question and wondered, “What am I supposed to be saved from?” Death? Fire? Accidents? Paying taxes? Many folks today have been deceived into believing that as long as they live what they believe to be a good life then there is no need for salvation. After all, what do you need to be saved from if you’ve never done anything wrong?

It is in the last question, that we find the root of the deception to which all people have fallen. Satan would have us all believe that if every man, woman, and child does what seems right to them, then we are not guilty of Sin. The truth of God’s Word is that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Sinned? The Bible clearly states in the book of Romans that everyone of us has sinned and in that sin we have come up short when compared to the Glory of God. So what is this “sin” that we are all guilty of? Plainly stated, sin is any act of disobedience toward the statutes and commandments of God. The standards set by these statutes and commandments are, in God’s eyes, so high that what we would consider to be a small sin (like a white lie) is the same degree of disobedience as what we would call a major sin (like murder or adultery).

Sin separates us from God and breaks the relationship that God desires to have with each one of us. It is for this reason that God sent His only Begotten Son to ransom us back and reestablish that relationship. “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

So how did Jesus “ransom us back”? Quite simply, Sin has a price and that price is our death. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). In Biblical times the Israelites made special sacrifices called sin offerings or an atonement. This offering was one of blood to symbolize payment of a life for their sins. But this did not truly pay the price for our sin because it was not our life being offered but the life of an animal. God loved us so much that He offered the life of His only Son to pay the price for our sins. Now that Jesus has paid the price of sin we have the promise of everlasting life with Him in Heaven. The other half of Romans 6:23 reads, “… but the gift of God is everlasting life.”

By now I hope you are asking yourself, “what must I do to be saved?” The answer is found in Romans 10:

  • “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  • “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

If you are ready to make this decision but aren’t sure what to say, then I ask that you recite the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner in need of savior. I am truly sorry for the sins that I have committed in my life. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He gave His life to pay for my sins. Please forgive me for all my past wrongs. Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord of my life today and forever. Amen.

Friend, if you prayed that prayer with a sincere heart, I believe that God heard you and forgave you. I strongly urge you to continue to work on this relationship daily. Spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. Also, may I suggest that you find a church to attend. The Bible instructs us to meet regularly with fellow believers. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

If you don’t have a home Church, we invite you to come worship with us.