What is Salvation?

Have you every asked that Question? What is Salvation? We live in a culture that basically says about salvation that “you have your way and I have my way.” If that is right, which it is not, then there are no absolutes and everyone is right and all roads lead to God no matter who you are and what you believe. But when it comes down to it, it is not what I say or you say that matters. It is what God says! He created us; He gave the standard of right and wrong; and He sent the only way by which our relationship can be restored to Him. Salvation is not about a free trip to heaven, but about a relationship between a sinful man and a Holy God.

Do You Know You Are A Sinner? The Bible states in Romans 3:10-11, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that understandeth there is none that seeketh after God.” Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one unto his own way…” The Bible says in I John 3:4, “Sin is the transgression of the Law.” What Law? God’s Law. Sin is not just missing the mark of God’s law, but sin is going against the very Nature of God as a Holy Being. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Being short of God’s glory means separated from God. James 2:10 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” There is not a person on earth that can claim innocence from sin. We are all sinners!

Do You Know There Is a Price For Your Sin? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Our sin brought with it a great reaction which bore a consequence too heavy for anyone of us to bear. Sin always brings death. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death…” The reaction of our sin, and the reaction of Adam’s sin against God was not just physical death but spiritual death. Physical death is separation from body and soul, but spiritual death is separation from soul and God. The Bible calls this spiritual separation “Second Death.” Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.” Hebrews 9:27 states, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” We will all face physical death at one point, but it is the spiritual death and separation from God at that judgment day that will determine our destiny without God.

Do You Know Jesus Paid Your Price? So far, the message is doom and gloom. In fact, without this part the Gospel is bad news. The true meaning of the Gospel is “Good News.” The good news is Jesus paid your price of death and sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” I Corinthians 5:21 “For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us (you and I), who (Jesus) knew no sin; that we (you and I) might be made the righteousness of God in him.” I added the parentheses for clarity. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus took your sins upon Him on the cross. He died for you and He took your hell, your price, your punishment, and your separation from God. But because Jesus was God, on the third day, Jesus arose victories from the grave over our sin, death, and hell. That is the Gospel. I Corinthians 15:3-4 “How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures.”

Do You Know God Wants You To Be Saved? II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, and some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Just because the gift is offering does not mean that every person accepts the free gift. God does not and will not force anyone to accept His demands for salvation. Man has free will to choose. But salvation is only by God’s grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is a gift of God, not of works least any man should boast.” Titus 3:5-6 “Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy that he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Romans 10:9 states “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the grave, thou shalt be saved.” Verse 17 of Romans 10 states “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Faith is a act of the will which you believe that what Jesus did on the cross for you is a free gift and  that you cannot obtain salvation apart from His finished work on the cross and up from the grave in victory. I John 5:12 “He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life.” You are either trusting Jesus as your Savior or You are not. There is no middle ground. If you do not know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, then you need to trust Him today as your only way of Salvation. There is no other way. That is what the Bible says! John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man can come unto the Father, but by me.”