What is Salvation?

 

I wanted to do a post about how to be saved and salvation. If you did not grow up in the Christian church then terminology such as “saved” or “salvation” may sound like gibberish, so if you are reading this and have no idea what that means, don’t worry because this post will explain it.

All humans sin, for it is our nature to sin. We have to be responsible for our sin, and take the consequences for our sin. The ultimate consequence for sin is to receive the punishment that we deserve, which is to be punished eternally with Satan in Hell. Therefore, to be saved means that we are saved from the punishment that we deserve. If we are “saved,” that means the same thing as if we say we have “received salvation.” Salvation means deliverance from the power and penalty of sin.

We are all sinners who are in need of salvation. Because of God’s holiness there is nothing any of us can do to get us to heaven no matter how hard we try. Because of our sin we all deserve death and eternity apart from God and His holiness, but God provided a way for us to be with Him that was not based on the method of our works. That way that He provided was His son Jesus. He came to earth and lived among us sinners and never once sinned. Because of this, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He bore every wrong thing man has ever done or ever will do on His death on the cross. Three days later He conquered death and rose again. He did this so that if we believe in Him and His sacrifice and accept Him into our hearts we may one day spend eternity with the one and only holy God in heaven.

If that seemed confusing, below is a break down of what I just said into steps that might help you make more sense of it.

If you wish to be saved, these steps will how you how.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
-We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin.
-We were born under the power of sin’s control.
   – Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a says, “…The wages of sin is death…”
-Sin has an ending.  It results in death.  We all face physical death, which is a result of sin.  But   a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity.  The Bible teaches that there is a place called Hell where lost people will be in torment forever.   It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.
 – Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b says, “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
-Salvation is a free gift from God to you!  You can’t earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.
 – Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8, says, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
-When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that  we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life.  He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
– Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change.  His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you —  not religion, or church membership.  God loves you!

Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord  will be saved!”
– Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10 says, “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus 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.”
 – If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door, ask Him to come into your heart.

Jesus said in Revelation 3:20a, “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
– Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?

Believe in Him. Ask Him to come in to your heart  by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again.

God will help you.  He loves you.

If you took this step today, and asked Jesus into your heart, the next step for you to take is to look for a local church where God’s word is being preached. Find somewhere where you feel accepted and loved, and somewhere that preaches Godly truths. In doing this, you will find fellow Christians that can help guide and support you in your new relationship with God.

 

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