Salvation: What does that mean?

We want each person to understand what the Bible tells us about this most important doctrine. It is our hope that this look at salvation will help you understand better what God tells us in His Word about your eternal future and have hope and a peace from Him about your home in heaven.

God loved the world (us) so much that He provided a way of salvation.
God created man to have fellowship with him and enjoy his worship for eternity so He gave his Son Jesus as a payment to have a way to heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

God wants each person to have an eternity with Him in heaven. 
Every person has the opportunity to accept God’s love and forgiveness if they will do it. God’s arms are open wide and He wants each person to give their lives to Him. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

Each person has done things not pleasing to God which is called sin. 
This sin is part of each of us and keeps us from knowing God which makes us need forgiveness. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 This sin has caused us to need a way to be reconciled to Holy God.  For us to be brought back into a good relationship with a holy God, we must be forgiven through the cleansing of our sins.“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Salvation is a gift from God and we can’t do anything save ourselves
Many people think that in the end their good works will outweigh their bad ones and they will be in heaven. God’s Word tells us that salvation is a gift not to be gained through man’s efforts, but by God’s gift of grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9.

Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ. 
Jesus is the way of salvation not just a belief in God. Jesus is the key to eternal life. “Jesus answered, I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Turning from your sin and confessing Jesus as your Lord with a true change of heart will bring about salvation. 
Salvation involves a heart change that gives a life change. A true commitment to Christ will be an eternal action.  “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing will come from the Lord. “ Acts 3:19  “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “Romans 10:13.