Welcome to my site, if you are subscribed than welcome back! I was thinking of what topic I should write on and specifically what series I should start with. I think it’s only appropriate that I make the first series about Salvation. And this is where you currently are.
I’m kicking off this series with the simple question, what does salvation mean?
According to Dictonary.com, Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences. Though salvation can be cut down to that, it is much bigger in meaning. It is a declaration, a creed and a choice of lifestyle. It is accepting God and living out his will, improving your life according to what God wants and accepting Jesus Christ as your lord and Savior.
Here’s a brief history lesson. In the beginning God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Satan tempted Eve with knowledge that God had told Adam and Eve specifically not to take. After both humans took the fruit of knowledge they were clouded in sin, knowing good from evil, separated from God. This is referred to as the fall.
The fall of man was our choice to stray from our father in Heaven. After quite a bit of time Jesus Christ died for all of the world’s sins, so that the price could be fully paid. Before Jesus’ birth we had to sacrifice the blood of animals to pay the debt for each one of our sins. But the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the man who never sinned was the last sacrifice. How is this significant? John 3:16 lays it out, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Salvation is accepting that truth, in your heart, that Jesus died for all of our sins so that we could reconnect with God and have eternal life.
Now salvation is the first step to a vast world. In fact salvation not only ensures your eternal life in heaven, but it opens up a door of spiritual/personal growth, learning and fellowship with God. Salvation is the knowledge that you are forgiven of all your sins; past, present and future (though there is more to be said on this).
Salvation in particular is hard to describe, every Christian has a special meaning/definition of what salvation means to them. To me, personally, salvation was the cleansing of all my wrongs, being embraced by my loving heavenly father and the beginning of a beautiful transition away from my darkness and into the light.
Salvation is a gift from God himself, you’ll learn in your fellowship that God is merciful, loving and absolutely glorious. Read the following verses, I believe this to be a good demonstration of what exactly salvation is and that it’s a gift from good.
“I put this in human terms because you are weak
in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer
the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever
increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to
righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free
from the control of righteousness. (Romans 6:19-20)
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness and the result is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
Our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23)
When you received salvation (or get saved/reborn), five truths are bestowed upon you.
- Christ forgave all of your sins
- Christ made you a child of God
- Christ came into your life and he will never leave you
- Christ gave you new life
- Christ gave you eternal life
Tell me is there anything more fantastic than having a personal relationship with the creator of the universe, receiving eternal life, avoiding eternal torment and knowing that God has a plan for you?
Salvation is a beautiful thing, and if you look up testimonies on the internet I’m sure you will be blessed by some of the ones presented to you. There is one major fact that I need to announce before we come to a close on what salvation means. You can only be saved through believing in Jesus Christ!
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9
It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead…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 4:10-12
This means to receive the five truths, you must (in your heart) surrender your life to God and receive Jesus Christ as your lord and Savior.
- Read John 10:1-18
- Read John 4:1-25
I hope this post was informative and gave you a clear idea of what salvation is and how to receive it! There are specific prayers that are meant to be for salvation, though when I was saved I found myself just asking Jesus to come into my heart in my own words.
The next post in the series will be about your assurance in your salvation and the importance of baptism.
For my Christian readers:
1. What does salvation mean to you?
2. Do you have anything to add for readers?
3. How can you describe salvation to the ones here who haven’t given themselves to Christ?
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