What is Salvation?
Salvation is personally receiving Eternal Life from God. God grants forgiveness & eternal life through His Love, Grace and Mercy shown through Jesus’ death on the cross & resurrection from the grave.
- 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. John 3:16
- For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16
Why do we need to be Saved?
Salvation is needed & necessary because all people have sinned against. God & are otherwise condemned & judged by God. Sin separates man from God personally & eternally. Every person will spend eternity in one of two places: Heaven or Hell. Salvation in Jesus Christ provides a choice.
- For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
How are we Saved?
A person receives God’s salvation through genuine faith in Jesus as the One who died & rose again to be his or her Savior. Genuine faith leads to a life of commitment and faithfulness but acknowledges it is all of God and not ourselves.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
When are we Saved?
Salvation is received when a person consciously and completely trusts Jesus as Savior & Lord. The Ethiopian Eunuch responded immediately to the conviction of who Jesus was by the Word and Holy Spirit of God.
- Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Acts 8:35-37
- As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:1, 2
A prayer at the time of salvation is something like this:
“Lord Jesus I believe You died on the cross and rose from the dead in order to forgive me of my sin and give me eternal life. I trust You today and by your grace I turn away from sin and turn to You as Savior and Lord and desire to live a life pleasing to you. Thank you for saving me and for all your blessings and goodness.
In Jesus’ name amen.”