the bible says that salvation is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8). but what does that mean? salvation is a term that is often misunderstood.
if you think of salvation as a one-time event, then you are missing the point. salvation is not just about getting into heaven when we die, it’s about changing our entire lives so we can experience God on earth and be with Him for eternity.
salvation is the greatest gift that God has ever given to mankind.
to truly understand salvation, you must take a couple of steps back. God first. He is the creator of everything and everyone (Psalm 33:6; Psalm 90:2). God created us to be in relationship with Him. we were made in His image and likeness. we were given the ability to love, to communicate, and to make choices. He loved his creation and saw that we were in need of saving because of our own sin nature. sin-nature is the human tendency to miss the mark, we mess up. sin is when we choose our own will over God’s will (Matthew 7:21). It is our human nature that causes us to sin. we all have this sin nature, but it doesn’t mean that we are doomed to a life of sin. Jesus came into this world so that we may be saved from our sinful ways (John 3:16). the biggest sin we can commit is to miss the mark of God’s love and acceptance by rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.
have you ever heard the phrase “I’m human”? we are all human, but God knew that without intervention, we would be destined to be eternally separated from Him. enter Jesus Christ – He was sent to earth with an assignment – to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and to seal our eternity with Him in heaven! believe it, receive Christ into your heart, and allow Him to be Lord of your life through salvation!
God offers salvation as a gift, but it must be received in order to be effective. the bible says:
for by grace you have been saved through faith. and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
but by the grace of God i am what i am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. on the contrary, i worked harder than any of them, though it was not i, but the grace of God that is with me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
salvation is a free gift from God, but we must choose to receive that gift. we cannot earn salvation through good works or religious rituals like baptism or communion because none of these things can take away our sin (Ephesians 2:8-9). however, receiving Christ as savior means we must turn from our sins and trust in Jesus alone as our only hope for eternal life (John 3:16). salvation involves repentance (turning away from) and faith (trusting in) Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
you might be wondering “how” to be saved. that part is solely up to you. Some people may choose to pray, others might decide that this is the day they will surrender to Christ. prayer doesn’t save you. It is the willful change/shift in mind and action. once you have become aware of God’s sacrifice through Jesus, you have a choice to believe and accept Him or walk away.
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