Salvation

The Bible tells us that we can experience peace with God and be assured of our salvation. God wants to be in relationship with each of us and offers peace, love and eternal life to all those whom trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

What is salvation?

To be saved or to receive salvation means to be rescued from the penalty of sin – which is eternal separation from God. It also means you can be assured that you are going to spend eternity with God when you die. In the present tense, it also means that you are in relationship with God, He is with you wherever you go and He is able to guide you and help you in all situations.

How can we be saved?

The Bible tells us that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. This verse tells us that Jesus is the way to the Father. The Bible also tells us in Acts 4:12 that there is no other way to find salvation. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone.

What do we need to do to be saved?

Each of us must respond personally to God’s plan for our salvation. God played His part by giving His Son to die on the cross for us to pay the price for our sin. Our part is to receive what Jesus has done for us. God requires us to do three things to find salvation.

They can be described as the A, B, C of salvation –

A – Admit

We need to admit to God that we have sinned and fallen short of His standards and to ask for His forgiveness.

The Bible says…

Romans 3:23-24 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

1 John 1:9-10 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

B – Believe

We need to believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sin.

The Bible says…

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:12 – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

C – Confess

We need to call on Jesus to save us and we need to confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

The Bible says…

Romans 10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Responding to God is as simple as praying a short prayer that expresses our thanks for what He has done, confessing your sin and asking Jesus to be our Lord and Saviour. You can pray this prayer right now.

Prayer to find salvation

Heavenly Father,
I thank You that Jesus came and died on the cross for my sin. Right now I ask for Your forgiveness for all of the wrong things I have done in my life. Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, that You died on the cross for my sin and that God raised you from the dead. Right now I surrender my life to You and I ask you to be my Lord and Saviour. Please guide me and lead me in all I do and help me to live for Your Kingdom. Amen.

If you have sincerely prayed the prayer above it now means you are in relationship with God, that your sins are forgiven and that you will spend eternity with Him when you die. That is great news!

What is next?

We would encourage you to download our free discipleship booklet. This is a free 10 part Bible study that will teach you some of basic things about following Jesus. You can find it here.