What is “Salvation”?
The word “salvation” comes from the Greek word “sozo”. It means new birth, deliverance, protection, healing and safety.
Maybe you have made Jesus Lord and are already enjoying a personal relationship with him. If you haven’t we would like to share some simple truths with you. The word “gospel” in the Greek literally means “nearly too good to be true news”. In the past you may have heard many things about what it means to be a Christian, such as being a good person, and behaving yourself. All of these expectations can be hard to live up to. But the good news is that Jesus was the only one who lived without sin, and it is believing on him that saves us. Now that sounds more like good news.
God is a loving father. In fact he loves us so much that the Bible says “… he gave his only son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Most people are familiar with that passage of scripture, and perhaps this one – “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:9-11).
Verse 11 says “whosoever”: that means salvations is for everyone. There are no restrictions. Once you make the decision to give your life to God and make Jesus Lord, Colossians 1:13,14 says you are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear son, in whom you have redemption (you have been bought back again) through his blood, yes, the forgiveness of sins.
Eternal life starts NOW. You don’t have to wait till you die to enjoy the benefits of your salvation. You can start to enjoy salvation today. So no matter what you have done, remember “God is love” (1 John 4:16) and he loves you.
Salvation makes it possible for you to have an intimate relationship with a loving heavenly father. Romans 3:23 says “We have all sinned and come short …”. Salvation is a gift based on God’s goodness, not ours. Only God is good (Luke 18:19). Salvation is a gift (Romans 6:23).
Most religions will recognise that Jesus was here on the earth. But the Bible says Jesus was God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). The Book of Acts, 10:38, says “Jesus went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him.” John 10:10 says “The thief [devil] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The good news is for those who believe it. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” The Gospel is the most liberating message you will ever hear.
When Jesus’s life came to a close there was one more thing he had to do. Jesus took all of our sin upon himself. 1 Peter 2:24 says “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” God poured all of his wrath out on his own son. Jesus got what we deserved. That’s how much God loves us.
Recognise that it is your own sin that has been the source of pain in your life. That you are righteous because of what Jesus Christ did. God accepts you just as you are and he wants to have relationship with you.
Becoming a Christian is about believing in your heart that Jesus Christ is who he says he is – the Lord of All … and that he’s your Lord too. It’s about believing in your heart that he died for you so you could be forgiven and free from your sins, and spend eternity in heaven. The bible says that if we believe it in our hearts, then we will say so, and by believing and confessing (saying it) salvation becomes a reality in our lives.
If you are reading this and thinking, “Yes, I believe that Jesus is Lord, and I want to be saved”, then say it outloud right now – say “Lord Jesus Christ, I believe in you, you are my Lord!” and experience the joy and peace of his salvation!
Forgiveness of sins is only the beginning – there is so much more to our great salvation. For further help on the subject of salvation we recommend The New You free MP3 series by Andrew Wommack (click here for full details), or email us and let us know you have made your decision to be a Christian – we’d love to hear from you.
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