What Does Salvation Mean?
The simplest definition of salvation is to be delivered (or rescued) from peril. The most common meaning of salvation is to be saved by God from the consequences of our sin. But the Bible speaks of our salvation in a bit fuller terms than simply being rescued from hell.
In the New Testament, the term salvation describes two essential components of a Christian’s life:
- Being delivered from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
- Being delivered from mortality and given the gift of eternal life (John 3:15).
Salvation is very important. The Bible calls it “so great a salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). Salvation is all about how a Christian can live a better life today and, ultimately, live forever in the future!
When thinking about salvation it’s helpful to think about what we are saved from, what we are saved to, who we are saved by. It’s also helpful to think about our salvation as a past, present, and future happening.
How Do We Receive God’s Son?
Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.
John 1:12 But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children
John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
This means we must each come to God the same way: (1) as a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness, (2) realizes no human works can result in salvation, and (3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.
If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, you may want to express your faith in Christ by a simple prayer acknowledging your sinfulness, accepting His forgiveness and putting your faith in Christ for your salvation.
If you are ready start a relationship with God, begin by praying this prayer:
"Jesus, I admit that I’ve messed up. Please forgive me. I believe that You lived, died, and rose again so that I could be connected to God. I confess that you are my Lord and Savior and commit my life to You. I give you my past, present, and future. Take my life and use it. Amen."
If you prayed that prayer, please let us know! If you have any questions regarding salvation and baptism, we want to help you take your next step. Praise God!