What does the word salvation mean in the Bible?

Salvation means being saved from the penalty of our sins. God created Adam and Eve perfect. But they chose to sin and thus the sin sickness infected all their descendants (Genesis 3). Humans broke “the law of righteousness” (Rom. 9:31). And because of that they were sentenced to death “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

But the Lord in His infinite mercy planned a way of salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ. What did Jesus Christ do to save us?

First: He paid the just penalty for our transgressions because He loves us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Second: He kept the law perfectly to become “the Lord our rightoussness” (Jer. 23:6) and make it possible for us to overcome as well.

Without a redeemer, condemnation covers us and we remain “guilty before God” (Rom. 3:19). Without accepting the blood of Jesus on our behalf, we have “indignation and wrath” (Rom. 2:8-9) for without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

But praise the Lord that through repentance from our sins and faith in “Christ our Righteousness” we can legally be pardoned, forgiven, cleared, justified, cleansed, and then transformed into “obedient children” (1 Pet. 1:14; 1 John 1:9).

Christ not only redeems us from sin but He gives us the victory over the power of sin. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Jesus restores us to favor with God and to His original condition of perfection by the mighty power of God working in our hearts (Rom. 7:25). The believer cay proclaim, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

And for God’s salvation, the redeemed will give praise and glory to Him throughout eternity (Rev. 5:11–13; 15:3, 4; 19:5, 6). God’s love is truly amazing for “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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