What's The Bible Teach About Salvation?
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Salvation's a word used and a promise offered by almost all the religions of the world. In Christianity, this fundamental doctrine finds its basis in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. But what does salvation actually mean? How do we understand what the Bible teaches about it? When and how do we receive it? Who can receive it? What does it do to a person? What dangers are we in if we neglect it? These are important questions.

Salvation's a comprehensive word or idea signifying health, well-being, help, cure, remedy, rescue, eternal life, etc. It speaks of deliverance. In the Bible, the idea moves from a stress in the Old Testament on the physical to a new Testament stress on spiritual.

(1) We believe the New Testament emphasis teaches that salvation is deliverance from sin.

(2) The Bible tells us that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). But in salvation, a sinner is acquitted of his sins, his life's direction is changed from that of a sinful lifestyle to a new life of holiness and he's restored back the lost glory of God. Salvation is possible here and now. That's what we believe the Bible teaches. We receive it when we believe in Jesus Christ.

The Bible says, "now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:12b). When one jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Gentlemen, what must I do to be saved?", they told him, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household" (Acts 16:29-31).

When we believe, Jesus Christ forgives or acquits us of our sins. He helps us live a new life of the Spirit. The Word of God declares, "Christ has come for our salvation and the Church is seen as an instrument of salvation. Man, caught in the web of sin and rebellion, is called to respond to Christ, to come to him in repentance and sorrow for his past sins, and to accept the redemption Christ offers. As an act of commitment, man is invited to make of himself a follower of Christ and to live in Christ's style of life."

(3) Yes, salvation is in Christ alone, "He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:12). Salvation isn't just for a chosen few only, though there may be few who choose it. God loves all and his salvation is offered to all. "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).

Christ died that He may bring life to all (Rom. 5:18). Salvation makes a person become new in his nature, attitude and lifestyle. It changes a person completely, making sense of what the Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Salvation enables a person to live a life of holiness. The grace of God that brings salvation, "teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and glodly lives in this present age" (Titus 2:12).

Salvation brings hope to a person, both here and beyond. Those in Chist have hope that whatever happens here on earth they belong to God and they are waiting in hope for the coming again of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).

Salvation is free. It's an accomplished gift of God, though we still have to choose it. When we don't choose it, we reject it. For those who accept it, there's a new beginning, a new life and a new hope. Those who reject it face condemnation. They can't escape, for as the Bible says, "How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation" (Hebrews 2:3). The most important question is, ARE WE SAVED?



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