The earth and its people are not in their original state and true nature.
Something is not right about humanity; something is improper; the music is playing, but there is no rhythm, there is no true harmony.
This is not what God created and intended; something must have happened.
It sure did in the Garden of Eden with the first man and woman and through a third and notable figure called a serpent.
This thing that happened caused God’s plan of salvation, a remedy, and restoration to the original state of being.
What is the plan of salvation, and why is the need for it?
In our introduction, we stated that the earth and its people are out of place and position because of an incidence that took place at the dawn of creation with humanity’s first father and mother – Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve disobey God’s order in creation (Genesis 2:16-17) by going against His word of instruction in obedience to the counsel of God’s enemy, the devil. Well then Adam ate of the fruit of the tree God said for him and Eve not to eat off when Satan through the serpent suggested that they give it a trial and eat of it; for nothing terrible would happen to them as God has said, the serpent suggested.
They undermined God and His instructions and went for the opposite.
The moment they did, something happened: they discovered suddenly that they were naked. Something left them, the glory cover, and the very life nature of God left them.
They were naked and exposed. They died spiritually: that means they were separated and alienated from the very life of God. (See Genesis 3:7) That was what necessitated the plan of Salvation.
What does salvation mean in the Bible?
Scripturally, the term salvation means the redemptive work of God to deliver humankind from the consequences of his sin. Therefore, salvation means to be delivered or protected from impending danger, which in this case, is the wrath of sin.
To Adam’s sin, human nature or the “Adamic nature” became substituted with the devil’s character or the “sin nature”.
Therefore, everyone born into this world naturally inherits the sin nature and would need to accept God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ to be saved.
Restored to Life
And this was only going to be made possible by substitution: God giving the life of another (in this case His only-begotten sinless Son Jesus) in place of humans, to die their death and to pay for their sin and its consequences through dying. (See Ezekiel 18:4 and Hebrew 2:14-15)
In summary, God had through the vicarious death of Jesus on the cross appeased Himself and settled man’s score with Satan and on that ground and ground alone offers salvation to anyone who believes in the sacrifice of Christ and comes to God through this Jesus on the ground of that sacrifice alone.
How do you obtain it?
God only made salvation possible and available by Jesus Christ. One might ask, “What about the other religions of the world?
Does that mean there is no salvation for their founders or their religion?” The answer is an emphatic no!
Eternal life is only possible in salvation.
Do you remember that Pharisee named Nicodemus? He was a ruler of the Jews who came to Jesus by night, seeking to know more about the kingdom of God.
The question, what does salvation mean, can also be asked differently like “what does being born again mean?”
According to Jesus,
…no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. John 3:5
This is what it means to be born again.
Practically, you believe in the redemptive work of Christ on the cross on your behalf in your heart; confess the Lord Jesus as the Lord of your life with your mouth; get baptized, and salvation would be 100% yours.
So, if you are genuinely concerned about the salvation of the surrounding souls, reach them with the Gospel today.