What is Meant by Salvation (#44)
Bible version used: NIV
#44 WHAT IS MEANT BY SALVATION?
SALVATION means to be rescued from sin and its punishment and set free to know, love and serve God. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin...If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:34, 36
ALL PEOPLE have turned away from God and broken the law of God. The Bible calls this sin. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
LEFT TO OURSELVES, there is no rescue, and the justice of God requires our eternal damnation in the terrors of hell. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. John 3:36
VICTORY over sin was obtained when God sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus obeyed God’s laws perfectly, yet He died to pay for the sins of all who believe. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
ADMITTING that our sin has put us in a desperate situation is the first step in our rescue. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:8, 9
TAKING the free gift of Jesus’ payment for our sin makes us “not guilty” in God’s sight. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
IN GRATITUDE for such love, we follow Him in obedience and sacrificial service. Therefore, I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. Romans 12:1
ONLY JESUS has provided the way to salvation. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
NOW is the time to make your decision. Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
How do we receive it? Salvation is a gift, pure and simple. God gives us salvation on the basis of what Jesus Christ has done for us and welcomes us into the kingdom. We receive it by believing.
What has Jesus done that God should do this for us?
1. He came to earth and lived the life of perfect obedience before God. That perfect obedience was put into our accounts and registered to our names. So we never need fear being morally overdrawn on that day when we will stand in His holy presence. Our accounts are filled with the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ.
2. Jesus died on the cross for us, bearing in His own body the just punishment of God for our sin. God’s justice was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice. Those who believe are saved.
If you are ready to accept this gift, pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I believe that you are the holy Son of God. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and that you rose from the dead. You are my salvation. Please wash all my sins away and make me a child of God. I give my life to you today. Amen.”