What it Means to be "Saved"
"Neither is there salvation in any other,
for there is no other name
under Heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Where Sin came From:
In the beginning of the world, Adam sinned by eating fruit from the tree that
God had forbidden him to eat from. Sin is disobeying God and doing
wrong things. As a result of his sin, Adam died spiritually and lost
the ability to see and talk to God face to face. As Adam's descendants
we have inherited this and his sinful nature.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of God's glory (His
perfection and standards - Romans 3:23). As a result, the Bible says
you cannot see the kingdom of God unless we are "Born Again" (John 3:3).
Being "Born Again" means that God has given you new spiritual life by
His Holy Spirit and made you into one of His children.
What "Saved" Means:
When someone gets "Saved" it means that they have put their trust in Jesus
Christ as their Lord. Jesus is the Son of God, and He will save us
from everlasting punishment in Hell. Saved people won't go to Hell,
but instead receive everlasting life. This means that they will go
to Heaven and live forever with God, Jesus, the angels and all saved
Jesus came to earth as a human person, and died on a cross at Calvary to
pay for the sins of all people. God then raised Him from the dead at
the Resurrection, proving He has power over life and death. The Bible
says that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish, but will have
everlasting life (John 3:16).
Why We Need Salvation:
We are all sinners and that sin brings death (Romans 6:23). This death
means that when we die, we will be separated for God forever. God
won't allow sin into Heaven, so people need God to cleanse them from their
sins before they can live in Heaven with Him. This the only way to God.
God has made this possible for us by allowing Jesus Christ to die for our
sins and take our punishment on the cross at Calvary. By believing in
Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we can have salvation and have our sins washed
away by His blood.
This is the gift of Eternal Life, but you have to receive this as a gift as
you cannot buy it or do anything to earn it.
How to Receive Salvation:
The Bible says that we must repent from our sins (Luke 13:5). This means
that we must turn away from our sinful habits and go God's way. The
Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in
your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans
Born-again Christians are people who have done this, and have then told a
friend (confessed) that they have made Jesus the Lord of their lives.
They sincerely believe in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead,
and the Bible assures them that they are saved.
Our New Relationship:
Whereas most people have no real knowledge of God, through knowing Jesus as
our Saviour, we can come to know know God the Father and have a new
relationship with Him. This relationship is where God knows us
personally and puts His love in our hearts. We can speak to Him, and
God will speak to us through reading the Bible, and we enjoy His presence.
As our relationship with God grows, the Holy Spirit works in our lives
changing us into God's Children and creating in us a desire to serve and
please God with all of our hearts.