The New King James Bible Version defines salvation as the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him of everlasting happiness.
All verses that touch on these phrases further define what salvation is all about.
But how can one be sure of it?
It is undoubtedly good news that we have the Holy Bible at our disposal to give us the details on how to attain and maintain the wonderful personal gift of salvation.
God’s plan of salvation
The Bible records God’s plan of salvation, which had to do with Jesus Christ dying on the cross, in many scriptures. Matthew 1:21 tells of an angel that brought the good tidings of the birth of Jesus Christ and the purpose of Jesus’ birth.
The angels said that Jesus Christ was to save people from their sins. Jesus Himself declared that He sought and saved those that were lost (Luke 19:10 NLT). God made the provision of salvation attainable only through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Through scriptures, God further opened our minds to the fact that humankind is naturally sinful and therefore alienated from Him, as recorded in the book of Romans 5:8. Verse 9 confirms that the solution is the salvation that comes through the son of God, Jesus Christ.
What is salvation according to the Bible
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)
Most Christian churches and different denominations teach, and the emphasis on salvation is going to Heaven and having Eternal Life after physical death here on earth.
While this is not entirely wrong, there is, in fact, much more to it, according to Scripture.
At its most basic, Biblical salvation is when we get saved from our sin and the consequences of sin. This is precisely why Jesus came down to living among us and showing us how we can get back to God by repenting our sinful ways.
Why is getting saved important? This is because we have all sinned against our Creator, and it comes with a penalty.
Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
As everybody has transgressed and broken the laws of God, salvation becomes necessary if we are to be saved from its consequences.
Salvation, when we read the Scriptures, means getting saved, freed from the clutches of sin, and facing the eternal consequence of sinning, going to hell. Through the salvation process designed by God, we are saved or freed from whatever could bar us from accessing and enjoying eternal life.
Salvation is also described in several other common terms like everlasting life, being saved, eternal life, going to heaven, the kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of God.
Salvation begins when an individual takes a personal decision to obey and follow God, in appreciation of His Love displayed on the Cross through the Crucification of His Son Jesus Christ.
The saved person continues living in recognition of his or her sin and continual repentance of sin; it becomes a new lifestyle and a process that lasts for life. The method includes going to Heaven when one keeps God’s Commandments.
Scripture is explicit that salvation is given freely to whoever believes and accepts Jesus. The Apostle Paul gave high stress to the redemption offered to us by Christ, available only through the unique gift of faith.
When Paul was speaking of “faith”, he was usually talking in opposition to the style of the Law given in the Old Testament.
Those who lived during the Biblical times, the Jews, believed that salvation would be attained through strictly observing the Ten Commandments as well as other laws stated in the Old Testament.
But today, through the New Testament, we attain salvation through faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ.
After Getting Saved
Work becomes necessary after salvation. What does that mean? After getting saved, God has a purpose and plan for your life. This is where and when you begin and continue working for God in whatever area of your calling may be, in terms of serving Him.
But for one to initially receive a free salvation gift from God, this is simply through having belief and faith in Jesus Christ, based on His finished work on the Cross.
Effectively, we are now completely free, through prayer, to approach the Mighty Throne of God, and after physical death, we go to Heaven to be in the presence of our Loving Maker.
However, it is essential to point out that anyone can easily be professing faith in Jesus Christ, or even saying they are “saved”. But how we consistently live our lives should be the evidence that displays if we have genuinely accepted the Christian way.
To be saved or to be born again is acceptance of the salvation plan offered to us by Jesus Christ. For us to fully understand salvation, we must also fully understand the full meaning and implication of Christ’s death and resurrection, for this is the key to our salvation.
It takes dedication and time to learn about God and His requirements, God’s Law. Our ability to maintain these Commandments is not something that happens overnight, but a lifelong process.It grows as we learn God’s Truth, daily recognizing, and continually repenting of sin. It is a process of being delivered from all that can keep us from obeying God and attaining SALVATION.
How to attain salvation
According to Romans 10:9 – 10, salvation is a personal decision attainable by doing two things:
At the attainment of salvation, a person gets a new relationship with Jesus Christ and gets converted. This conversion makes everything unique (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The activity is spiritual and often not manifested in nature. However, some people receive physical healing, spiritual visions, and literal touch when they receive their salvation. It is God who chooses what happens to a person who receives salvation. The person must believe that it has undoubtedly occurred.
The assurance of salvation
Therefore, people that observe that which He had taught can use the authority given to Him to keep their salvation. Assurance of salvation comes by holding on until the end (Matthew 24:13) through the power received from the authority given to Jesus.
No power in heaven or on earth can stop the plan of salvation that God divinely endorsed through Jesus Christ.
In literal terms, it is clear that salvation is a virtue to be sought with great diligence.
Salvation is valid only when the relationship between the person and Jesus Christ is in a good state. Humanity should be grateful that God had a plan of reconciling with Him, and that it does not cost any material things.
The authority given to Jesus Christ by God is the assurance that the plan of salvation is not a fallacy.