What is Salvation?
Biblical salvation is God’s way of providing His people deliverance from sin and spiritual death through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the concept of salvation is rooted in Israel’s deliverance from Egypt in the book of Exodus. The New Testament reveals the source of salvation in Jesus Christ. By faith in Jesus Christ, believers are saved from God’s judgment of sin and its consequence—eternal death. The name “Jesus” is derived from the Hebrew-Aramaic word “Yeshua,” meaning “Yahweh [the Lord] is salvation.”
When Adam and Eve rebelled, man was separated from God through sin. God’s holiness required punishment and payment (atonement) for sin, which was (and still is) eternal death. Our death is not sufficient to cover the payment for sin. Only a perfect, spotless sacrifice, offered in just the right way, can pay for our sin. Jesus, the perfect God-man, came to offer the pure, complete and everlasting sacrifice to remove, atone, and make eternal payment for sin. Why? Because God loves us and desires a relationship with us.
A Salvation Prayer
If you want to start a relationship with God you can make your response to God’s call of salvation in prayer. Prayer is simply talking with God. You can pray by yourself, using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God and He will save you. If you feel lost and don’t know what to pray, here’s a prayer of salvation:
“Father, I know that I have come up short and my sins have separated me from You. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord and leader of my life from this day forward. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Where do I start?
Now that you have begun your faith journey we want to equip you to take your next step. That is why Pastor Gene created Beginning the Journey. Beginning the Journey is a podcast coaching you through your first month as a follower of Christ. This daily podcast coincides with a special Power of 3 Bible reading plan to help you get a solid start in your Christian walk.