What is Salvation?
Saved is a very “church-anese” word. But it’s not really, it comes from the book of Romans.
The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 . . . “9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
So what are we “saved” from? That is a very important question. One that Jesus answered. You may have heard the famous, John 3:16 verse, “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.” But if you keep reading what Jesus said, he answers the question, what are we saved from?
Verses 17 and 18 say this: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Without believing in Jesus as the LORD of our lives, we are dead, condemned already. All that condemnation, a result of our sin, will get us is a life forever apart from Christ, that is hell. So yeah, we need to be rescued, we need to be saved.
But God is not in the sole business of debt relief, He’s also in the business of lottery winning. God wants to wipe away your debt that sin has earned for you which results in condemnation; but God also wants to richly bless you with a relationship with Him. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The question that you have to ask yourself is, have you accepted (believed in) Christ as the LORD of your life? Have you surrendered to His grace? Are you saved?
Accepting Jesus is the last step to a death of condemnation and guilt and the first step towards new life in the richness and freedom of Christ.