What is salvation?
John 3.16 : "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."
Definition: salvation comes from the Greek word "sozo", which implies our entire being (Body, soul and spirit). To be saved from the state of sin or eternal damnation. You have to be born again.
1 Peter 1.4 : "For an inheritance which can not be destroyed, nor defiled, nor lost its brightness, it is reserved for you in heaven, who are kept by the power of God, by means of faith, salvation ready to be revealed in the last days."
God is sovereign and has decided from all eternity what he has written in salvation for his sons and daughters. The satisfaction of his heart, the glory of his Son Jesus Christ and your salvation are linked together. It is through salvation that we can receive the full value of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that God offers us. Salvation first manifests itself in our minds, for that is where we receive His forgiveness and the assurance that God calls us His children. It is not a question of intelligence, nor of merits, nor even of good works, it is the revelation of the living Christ in our heart.
Romans 4.24 : "It is for our sake, to whom it will be imputed, to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus from our dead, who was delivered for our sins, and rose again for our justification."
It is a universal call to repentance to return to God. The Bible uses the word "called" about those who will be saved. The same goes for our response to the call of God; our spirit responds favorably to salvation, it is a "yes" pronounced under the impulse of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a grace, when it manifests itself, our thoughts are renewed from the thought of Christ. It is no longer the emotions and desires of the flesh that direct our lives, but it is the Holy Spirit. Salvation is free, but learning sanctification will require your entire existence.
Romans 8.30 : "And those whom he hath predestinated, he hath called them: and those whom he hath called, he hath justified them, and those whom he hath justified, he hath glorified also."
The reality of salvation is God's promise for eternal life. It is life in abundance, here and now that relies on several points:
- Salvation does not depend on our love for God but on God's love for us. (1 John 4:19).
- Salvation is a dimension of progression, we are encouraged to work for our salvation. (Philippians 2:12).
- Salvation incorporates us into Christ through the true faith that is part of his living Spirit. (1 John 1.3).
- Salvation is living in accordance with the Word of God that nourishes our regenerated soul. (Romans 10.8).
- Christ's salvation on the cross brings restoration and healing of our body. (1 Peter 2:24).
Romans 12.2: "Be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that ye may discern what is the will of God, which is good, good, and perfect."
Conclusion : Salvation is for everyone! We must share this Good News to the greatest number. Each of us can be saved by establishing a true relationship with The Lord Jesus. Salvation is explicitly a personal and intimate knowledge of God. "But eternal life is that he know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ." (John 17: 2) To follow Jesus is a constant progression, a path where the disciple enters into a vital relationship with God, which can be described as personal communion and which is both a present reality and a living hope for the Kingdom's promise. of God. We are saved and justified by faith in Jesus Christ, it is not a single act, but a process in which we engage and persevere in sanctification.
Hebrews 11.6 : "Without faith it is impossible to be pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that God exists, and that he is the rewarder of those who seek him." Amen!