If asked the meaning of salvation, what would be your response? Would yours be like the classical response that I gave when I was questioned during a Children Sunday School class?
The answer that I gave for the meaning of salvation was, ‘to be delivered from sin and it’s consequences’.
I was actually extremely proud of myself for rattling off the answer from memory but I soon realized that I had a minor problem on my hands; because the answer I gave only created more questions like ‘what is delivered’, ‘what is sin’ and ‘what is consequences’?
As a gang of wide eyed hopefuls, sat patiently waiting for me to explain, all I could think is ‘Boy, oh Boy, it looks like I’ll be having a long day today…’
So, as we examine the meaning of salvation, in Lesson #2 of Path To Salvation Bible Series, instead of just giving a generic definition, let’s really discover what happened the day that Jesus saved us. Sounds great to me! Ok, first question …
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At the beginning of creation man was created pure, innocent and holy. We were a reflection God’s innocence, purity and holiness. We neither knew nor understood what sin was. All our actions were done in obedience to God.
But through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the first human race, sin became present in our thoughts, our actions, our whole being. Sin caused the connection between man and God to be broken. Adam was the first man to sin, but because of his actions, we all were held prisoners to the grip and judgment of sin.
Romans says it better than I ever could …
Romans 5:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 3:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Now that sin was a part of the equation, there was now a big rift between man and God. As the time went on, and ages went by, man became more distant from God. Man was filled with his own devices and evil intentions.
If that was not bad enough, here comes the ultimate trouble…
Romans 6: 23
The wages (payment) of sin is death,
but the gift (something given at no cost to you) of God is eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord
Sin not only broke our connection with God, tarnished our innocence, holiness and purity, but it also brought upon us HURT, PAIN and DEATH! The ultimate punishment for sin is death.
What a dreadful situation to be in. Something needed to be done.
In Came Jesus ..
So we all needed another chance. We all needed deliverance. And if it was left up to the grip of sin, we all would suffer the same faith, which is DEATH. Death of our spirit and eventually our bodies, and then ultimately eternal damnation.
So he crafted a plan…a plan of atonement, a plan of redemption, a plan so unique that it would be satisfactory enough to cover for the judgment that was held over our lives, because of sin. This plan is called the plan of salvation.
John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Salvation In The Bible: What does it really mean to be Saved?
Before we continue any further in this definition of salvation bible study, let us establish what being ‘saved’ truly means:
Saved actually means ‘to keep safe or to rescue someone or something from harm of danger’
So literally speaking, when we accept Jesus Christ into our heart and lives, God has rescued us from harm and danger. This is the general meaning of salvation, yet it goes even deeper than this, for when Jesus saves us he gives us
- Salvation For Our Spirit
- Deliverance For Our Souls
- Healing For Our Bodies
(You can click on each link above to find in-depth lessons on each area.)
I’ve heard many persons say to me, ‘well what do I need saving for? I’m not drowning!’ But actually we were drowning! We were overtaken with sin, worry, fret, anger, weakness, hopelessness and on our way to Death and eternal damnation.
Right now you might be saying, but Joan, I wake up safe every day and all around me seem perfectly peaceful and protected, so where is this danger? But as we’ve already discovered so far, the danger was not only around us; the danger was us!
Now that we’ve already established what salvation really means ( I hope that you took the opportunity to click on the links above), defining salvation will now take a more interesting approach ( as if it has not been interesting this far! ). I created an infographic for just this part. I hope you enjoy it.
The IS’s and ISNOTS of Salvation.
As we speak on the meaning of salvation, it is also necessary to clear away the myths that have surrounded Christian Salvation for decades. If you’re a visual person, then you should enjoy this basic infographic that explains what I refer to as the IS and ISNOT’s of salvation.
Yes, I am doodling with the idea of infographics and thought this will be a unique and enjoyable way to present this information. Below the graphic I will discuss some of these areas in more details…
- Salvation ISNOT and prison cell or a straight jacket
Being saved does not mean that you’ll be living a trapped life. Not capable of doing anything, going anywhere – all fun and excitement being just a mere memory – only to church, home and that’s it!
This is so far from the truth. Instead, salvation is freedom and a breath of fresh air, living a confident life, knowing God has blessed the work our hand, an nothing that is formed against us can prosper. We are confident knowing that Jesus is on board.
- Salvation ISNOT buyable
Salvation is not reserved for the richest man alive. Or for Kings and Queens. It cannot be purchased. Having a status does not mean we have salvation. Being the musician in a gospel band, or the organist of a church does not mean we have salvation.
Sounds fair doesn’t it?
This means that every person, young or old, rich or poor, must follow the same steps of salvation in order to be saved.
- Salvation ISNOT a Ronco Infomercial That Allows Us To Simply ‘Set it and Forget it’
Have you ever seen that infomercial? Set and Forget it? Sounds great right? But this is not salvation. After saying yes to Jesus Christ, it is a continuous decision to apply our life to the commandments of God. There will be a constant war between our will and God’s will, but as we apply lives to obedience unto righteousness it will become easier to walk in God’s will. God will give us help and strength along the way.
So remember, this race is not for the swift, but for every one that endures to the end! Don’t stop now…Endure!!
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