Salvation

Salvation, the forgiveness of sins and the deliverance from eternal punishment, is one of the most important aspects of the Christian faith. Without salvation, we would all be lost and destined for eternal punishment. All people need the salvation that Jesus offers!

Why do we need salvation in the first place? In a word: sin. Sin, breaking the Law of God (1 John 3:4), is why we need salvation. Sin entered the world long ago by way of the very first people God created, Adam and Eve. God’s Law at this time was extremely simple. God gave one specific command to Adam and Eve, forbidding them to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17). Both Adam and Eve broke the Law of God by eating of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-7). With this action, Adam and Eve committed sin and brought sin and death into the world.
Adam and Eve
Sin
Sin is truly a terrible thing. Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). If we allow it to enter into our lives, sin will cause us to miss out on the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). Sin will enslave us and make us captives (Romans 1:21-32; Romans 7:23-25). The ultimate result of sin is our eternal destruction and spiritual death (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:8; James 1:13-15). Salvation is needed where sin is present!
As terrible as sin is and as horrible as its consequences are, it is highly prevalent in the world and is often accepted as normal behavior. Sin is so common to mankind that Paul revealed to us that “all have sinned” and all “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We do not inherit the sins of our parents (Ezekiel 18:20), nor does God lead us into sin (James 1:13). Rather, every single person commits sin when an evil desire or lust is allowed to grow unchecked into sinful actions or thoughts (James 1:14-15). Every person who has ever lived has fallen into this snare of sin.  
 
 
Romans 3;23
Mercy
Considering the fact that we are all sinners, and because the consequence of sin is spiritual death, the natural conclusion is that we are all worthy of spiritual death. This is the reward we deserve, the one we have earned with our sinful actions (Romans 6:23). Since we are all on the path to eternal destruction because of our sin, we are all in dire need of the salvation provided by Jesus Christ. This realization leads us to an important question: how do we receive the salvation that we all so desperately need?

Thankfully, our gracious God offers salvation to all people who will do His Will. God knew the consequences of the sins of mankind. He knew that we were all eternally lost because of the evil we allowed to enter our lives; however, God loved us so dearly that He did not want any of us to perish eternally because of sin (2 Peter 3:9). God was willing to sacrifice to provide us with a way to escape the punishment we deserve.

God is Love
Salvation

Notice John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die in our place. Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to die in our place. We deserved death because of our own sin, but Christ took our sins upon Himself, despite the fact that He never committed any sin of His own (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because of His death, we now have the hope of eternal life and the opportunity to be cleansed of our sins without having to pay the true penalty for sin: eternal death. But the question still remains: how do we receive the salvation that we all so desperately need?

The Gospel Plan of Salvation

Through Christ’s death on the cross, God offers us salvation. The New Testament provides us with God’s plan for the salvation of humankind. The pattern is simple enough that any of sound mind and able body can follow God’s plan.

Hear

The first thing one must do to receive salvation is hear the word of God (Luke 10:16; John 6:45; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-35; Romans 10:14-17; James 1:21; Revelation 1:3). This makes logical sense; who could obey God’s plan for salvation without first learning what the plan is (Romans 10:14-17)?

 
Eyes on the cross

Believe

After one has heard the Gospel plan of salvation, they have to believe or have faith in everything it entails (Mark 16:16; John 3:16; John 8:24; John 16:31; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6). This faith includes a belief that God is the Father, Jesus is His Son, the Holy Spirit inspired the scriptures that we now know as the Bible, and that the promises contained in the Bible will be kept. Again, God’s plan for salvation follows a logical flow. One must first hear the word and then accept it as the truth. If one does not believe in the Gospel, would he or she be willing to obey the remaining elements of the plan of salvation? Likely not.

Repent

After discovering the plan for redemption and accepting it as the truth, one must repent of all the sin in his or her life (Matthew 21:28-32; Luke 13:3-5; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 17:30; Acts 26:20; 2 Peter 3:9). Repentance is a change of mind and heart that will ultimately lead to a change in daily living. God requires that we symbolically put to death our old selves, the sinful people we used to be, and become an entirely new person created in the likeness of Christ (Romans 6:6; Romans 8:12-13; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 2:24). Repentance is another logical step in the quest for salvation. After we have heard and believed the word of God, which convicts us of sin and shows us that we are worthy of spiritual death because of our sin, we cannot continue living in the very sin that put us in such a hazardous situation! A change must be made. God will not grant us the gift of salvation if we continue in a life of sin.

Repent
My Redeemer Lives

Confess

After one has committed to true repentance, she must verbally confess her belief that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32-33; John 11:27; John 12:42-43; Romans 10:9-10; Philippians 2:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:12-13; 1 John 4:15). This confession is simply a verbal acknowledgement of your firm belief in Jesus and His teachings. This is merely the first of many confessions of faith that you should make for Christ throughout your life as a Christian.

Be Baptized

The final step to receive salvation is a symbolic burial or immersion in water that we now call baptism (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:38-39; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21). After coming up from the waters of baptism, we have at last received the remission of our sins and the salvation that comes with it! Our sins have been forever washed away, and the promise of heaven and eternal life is now ours.

 
Baptism

Live for Jesus

After we have received the salvation of the Lord through baptism, sin can reenter our lives and cause us to lose the salvation we so desperately needed (Matthew 24:10-13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 3:12-19; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 2:4-5). Thankfully, our compassionate God and our gracious Redeemer have provided a way for us to receive that salvation again, through repentance and prayer (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:1-2). To maintain our salvation, we must live a faithful Christian life until the day we leave this earth (Matthew 5:16; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42; Titus 2:11-12; Hebrews 3:12-14; Hebrews 6:1-6; 2 Peter 2:20-22; 1 John 1:7; Jude 21; Revelation 2:10). If we accomplish this task, we will be rewarded greatly with a home in heaven with God for eternity (Matthew 5:21-23; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Revelation 2:10).
 
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