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Salvation means wholeness. When a person is saved, he or she is delivered and preserved from some type of destruction. There is no human being on this earth who could save onesself or another from our present state of death and destruction, or from the evil that surrounds us on a daily basis. A person can be an exceptional "do gooder," but no one can create a new heart, or a perfect and sinless nature that is worthy of eternal life in the presence of a Holy God. We can do nothing for ourselves; therefore, salvation is needed, and is truly a free gift from God to the believer in Jesus Christ. Scripture states,
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Fall of Adam & Eve
beginning of time, when Adam and Eve turned against God, a very tragic
transformation took place in their lives and has been passed down from
generation to generation. At that moment, they and the whole world to come passed
from life to death. The sin committed in the Garden of Eden was the fruit of
the knowledge of good and evil, in order to be like God. The source of temptation was the devil (Lucifer, Satan), a
fallen angel of God.
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
The Devil said,
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Who was telling the truth? Creation continues to die on a daily basis.
When Adam and Eve made a decision to partake of this
knowledge, sin entered; they fell under the dominion of Satan, and their spiritual and physical lives became literally corrupt, in which
the perfect fellowship they once enjoyed with God and one another, was now
contaminated. At this moment, both spiritual and physical death entered
into the human race, and Adam, Eve, and all of creation fell under the curse
of sin. They lost their original spiritual life with God, and any hope of
eternal life. A nature that could not live eternally because of the birth
of that corruption. (Gen. 2:17, 3: 2-6 and 22-23)
By this transaction of accepting the devil's offer,
Adam and Eve's dominion over the whole world fell under the dominion of
2Co 4:4 In whom the god (devil) of this world hath
blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
To gain a better understanding of Satan's dominion in
the world please take a look at the last two links at the end of this
But God promises to send a redeemer to save
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent,
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou
eat all the days of thy life:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou
shalt bruise his heel.
God sent His Son to bear the penalty of sin that entered into the human race, by shedding His innocent blood on the cross, the righteous for the
unrighteous, in order to redeem us back to fellowship with God and to give us eternal life. When we ask Jesus Christ to give us this
salvation, He gives us a new nature, His Holy Spirit, and seals us until the
day of our complete redemption. Our complete redemption will be fully
realized at the Second Coming of Christ.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Redemption means that we were rescued or bought back with a price; we are
redeemed by the shedding of the innocent blood of Christ on the cross. He
paid the price for our sins and yes "there is power in the blood of Christ."
Receiving God's Holy Spirit is what is meant by being
born again, we were born physically into this world; however, when we
receive God's Holy Spirit, we are born again spiritually, and no one will
pluck us out of His hand.
Joh 3:5 - 7
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [natural birth] and of the Spirit [heavenly birth], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
This is God's promise to all that call upon His
name! When we call upon the name of Jesus Christ to save us, we immediately receive His Holy Spirit, a free gift of God to usward who believe, in which we receive remission of our sins (See verses below)
Why is our salvation only found in Jesus Christ?
God's plan of salvation for the world can only be found in Jesus Christ, God's perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God, Who took the penalty of our fallen state, was crucified, and raised from the dead in victory over the powers of darkness, sin, sickness and death that was against us. He shed His innocent blood in order to redeem humanity from the dominion of Satan, back to fellowship with God. God, through Jesus Christ, will save anyone who asks Him for salvation. Sin simply means that all of us are born with a fallen nature in that we all "miss the mark of perfection," which was lost in the Garden of Eden through the fall of Adam & Eve, this fallen state being passed from generation to generation. The imperfection we are born with cannot live on eternally; just look at the state of the world we live in. We receive salvation by asking the Lord Jesus Christ to save us by an act of faith. This act of faith is a conviction that the gospel message of Christ is true, in which we acknowledge our need for salvation (this is repentance "a change of mind"), and believe in our hearts that God sent His only begotten Son to save us.
Rom 10:9 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.
A person is saved by grace, which is God's divine favor, freely given to a person, no matter what that person has done in the past. The only way to forfeit salvation is to reject the gospel message (good news) of Christ. The way to be saved is to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save us by faith.
Scriptures on salvation:
Joh 3:3 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.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit.
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by
the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Joh 10:9 I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture.
Act 2:21 And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
Act 11:16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed
baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Act 2:38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
To repent simply means to acknowledge the truth of God's message and to
likewise respond to His call in faith. It is a decision to turn away from
the old way to God's way by receiving Christ.
Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask him?
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
NOTE: To learn more about Jesus' claim to be the Son of God, and God's love
for the world, a great place to start is to read the Gospel of John.
An example of a simple prayer of faith for salvation:
God, I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for
all humanity, and to redeem the world from the curse of all sin. Lord Jesus
Christ, save me and give me the Holy Spirit with your promise of eternal
life. God, you are now my Heavenly Father, and I ask you to continue to lead me into all of Your truth. Thank you Father, I am
now saved according to Your Word, and from this moment on, I put my trust in
your ability and faithfulness to bring all of your promises to pass in my
life in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
At the moment a person
accepts Christ, he or she stands before God completely justified, as though
that individual never sinned. The believer starts off with a clean slate,
and also receives access to God's throne of grace for the forgiveness of
sins committed thereafter.
Rom 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised [speaking
of Christ's resurrection] for our justification.
1Jo 2:2 and he is the propitiation [sacrifice] for our sins; and not for
ours only, but also for the whole world.
Eph 1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
The next step for a new Christian is to obtain an understanding of
sanctification. If you would like to know more click below:
What is Christian Sanctification?
Why the World, Flesh, & Devil in Spiritual Warfare?
Principalities, Powers, Rulers of Darkness
Original post - 2005
January 6, 2013