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What it Means to be "Saved"

Adam and Eve disobeying God

"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 people.

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 10:9).

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.

God Bless!

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