What is Salvation?

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2: 4-10 NKJV

Salvation is a gift from God and the way He is able to be in relationship with us. It is how we are able to be in relationship with Him. God from the fall went on a mission to save His Children, which is those who call on His name and believe in Him. We must see that we are all sinners and in need for forgiveness, mercy, and grace. All of those three things comes to completion through salvation. Salvation is for all people, knowingly and unknowingly, we all need it to get enter the gates of Heaven. No works will save you, only Jesus. John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” By faith in Jesus Christ is the only way anyone will see and walk through the gates of Heaven.

Why Do We Need to be Saved?

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:6-8 NKJV

             We are in need of a savior. From the beginning, when Eve ate from the tree and disobeyed the instruction of God. We fell into sin and became in need of a savior. We can go to the ten commandments and hold it up against our life. If we are guilty of one, we are guilty. God is the judge, who saw the need to send His son, Jesus, to save us from ourselves. The tree looked and seemed fine, but God said no. Most of all sin is like this, sin seems okay in society. But God says, “Turn from your wicked ways and repent!” This is why Jesus came and died the death He did. Not because He had to, because He was all man and all God, but because He chose the Father’s will over His own. This is the same for every single person in the world. We come to a place and realize we need a savior. The choose is to humble ourselves and surrender to God or take on pride and choose self. Either way, you will spend eternity somewhere, the question is where. Choosing, repenting, and surrendering to God leads you to Heaven, while self leads you to Hell.

How Do We Become Saved?

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

1 John 5:11-12 NKJV

             This is not a complicated thing. The hard part comes with keeping the faith. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:6-7, For I am already being poured out as a drink offering and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul acknowledges that living for God is a fight, even for him who was a disciple. But he makes the point it is worth all of it and he kept it. Now, you have to pray and ask God into your heart and ask for Him to cleanse you, forgive you, and let His will be carried out in your life. You surrender it all and see where God takes you. 

What Comes Next?

             Next, pray this prayer:

“God, I know that I have sinned. I am reaching out to you because I want forgiveness. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

             After you say that prayer, you are now a Child of God. Now, it is time to get involved in a community of believers and study the Word of God for yourself. Below are scriptures that you can turn to and dive deeper in to help you stand firm in knowing that you are saved. Start aligning yourself and asking God to help strengthen you and turn away from sin. We encourage you to check out the other resources we have too.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 10:9 NKJV

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:15-17 NKJV

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Psalm 27:1-2 NKJV

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