Salvation might sound like a confusing concept;

  • Saved from what?
  • Why do we need saving?
  • What are you talking about?
  • But I'm a good person.
  • Surely a loving God wouldn't send people to hell.
  • So many questions.

     The dictionary defines salvation as: a source or means of being saved from harm, ruin, or loss. When we talk about salvation here we're talking about eternal salvation, which might seem even more confusing. In a nutshell our sin separates us from God and damns us to an eternity in hell, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  • We are all sinners. (For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23)
  • Sin separates us from God. (For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23)
  • God loves us, and doesn't want us to perish. (But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8)
  • Jesus is the only way to God. (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6)
  • Good works can't save us. (But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6)

     When Adam sinned in the garden of Eden he brought sin into the world, and since then everybody has been born with a sin nature, and has been separated from God because of that sin. Many religions teach that if you do enough "good" that you can somehow outweigh the bad and God will have to let you into heaven, however it doesn't work that way.  Our best "good deeds" are as filthy rags, we can't do good, this is why Jesus had to come and die for us. Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died a death that you and I deserve, because he was perfect and holy he was able to die in our place. He had no sins of his own to die for, so when he died he took our sins upon himself. He suffered and died for us, your sins, my sins, our sins, are what drove Jesus to the cross.
     After three days Jesus rose from the dead, winning victory over death, and reconciling man to god. Jesus offers salvation to all, we just need to reach out in faith and believe that Jesus took our place, died our death, and bridged the gap between God and man.

     How to be saved?

     We are all sinners, we all need to be saved, we need to accept the free gift that Jesus extends to us. A gift, if not received does no good to the intended recipient. Jesus died for your sins, He took your place on the cross, what will you do about it? Will you accept the salvation He extends to you, or will you reject His freely offered gift and go it your own. Just as receiving a gift from a friend requires very little effort on your part receiving salvation is very easy. You don't need to pray a prayer, you don't need to sacrifice your cell phone, you don't even have to be in a church.

  • Believe (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9)
  • Call on the name of the Lord (For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13)


     Is being a Christian easy?

     At some point you'll probably hear somebody saying that life as a Christian should be easy, a walk in the park, or a bed of roses, this is a lie though. The Bible is very clear on this point.

  • The world will hate you (If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. John 15:18-21)
  • You will have troubles (These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33)


    What now?

     So you've accepted the gift of Salvation the Jesus extends out to us, now what? Should we expect everything to start going right for us? Should we expect temptations to do wrong to go away? Should our problems all disappear?

  • Do good (Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27)
  • Follow God (Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Ephesians 5:1)
  • Fight the good fight (But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses I Timothy 6:11)
  • Share the good news (And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2)
  • Be a missionary (Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20)

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