Learn how you can know God through Salvation!
What Is Salvation?
God knew that humanity would sin and need to be reconciled to Him. At the heart of God's plan
to reconcile sinful humanity to Himself is the Mediator, Jesus Christ (see 1 Timothy 2:5–6).
The word salvation is defined as "deliverance from the power and effects of sin." All have sinned
(Romans 3:23), but we cannot save ourselves, because only a sinless person can save a sinful
person. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ died for sinners (see 1 Timothy 1:15; Romans 5:6–8).
Provisions of Salvation:
Certain provisions were necessary for salvation to be available to humanity: the death of Jesus
Christ; the burial of Christ; the resurrection of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:3–4); the ascension of
Christ (see Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9); and the exaltation of Christ (see Acts 2:33; 5:31; 1 Peter 3:22;
Process of Salvation: God's side
Through the divine side of salvation, God sovereignly acts to secure salvation for sinners
Election: Through grace, God chose salvation in Christ for those whom He foreknew in
eternity past apart from any work or deed performed by those chosen (see Ephesians 1:4–
5). The Apostle Paul tells us, "For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them
to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and
sisters" (Romans 8:29 NLT).
Regeneration: God makes us alive through Christ, enabling us to be born again, and to
experience a new birth (see John 3:3). Without a new birth, we are "dead in trespasses
and sins" (Ephesians 2:1).
Justification: When God justifies us, He declares us guiltless before Him and places all of
the righteousness of Christ to our credit. Justification represents both God's forgiveness
of our sins and the righteousness He has accounted to us (see Romans 3:28; 5:1).
Adoption: Adoption means, "the placing of a son." God gives us the full rights of
inheritance in His family as though we had been born into it (see Galatians 4:4–5;
Ephesians 1:5). Because we are God's children, we can call Him Abba, or Daddy
(Romans 8:15). As God's children, we can be confident that He understands us, takes care
of us, and will bless us.
Sanctification: When we become Christians, God sanctifies us, or sets us apart,
positionally, practically, and permanently for Himself (see 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2
Thessalonians 2:13). Through the sanctification process, we become more and more like
Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit as we walk and abide with Christ daily.
Process of Salvation: Humanity's Side
Just as there is a divine side of salvation, there is also a human side.
Faith and Belief: Acknowledging Jesus Christ not only in our heads, but also in our hearts (see
John 3:18, 36; 5:24; 6:47; Romans 10:9). Faith is a confiding trust. It involves our intellect,
emotions, and will (see Mark 4:16–17; Romans 10:9, 17; Ephesians 2:8–9; Hebrews 11:1, 6).
Acceptance: True faith and belief in Christ will ultimately lead to an acceptance and
confession of Jesus Christ as Lord (see Romans 10:9–10). The Apostle John confirmed
this when he wrote, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God, to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12 NKJV).
Repentance: This is a sincere and thorough change of mind and heart toward sin (see
Psalms 51:3; 2 Peter 3:9). We must not only turn from our sins, but we must also turn to
God through Christ (see Acts 3:19; 26:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:9).
Product of Salvation:
God created us, and Christ purchased us, so that we might know Him, walk with Him, and glorify
Him (see Ephesians 1:11–12). He also wants us to bear much fruit (John 15:8; 13:34–35) as
we invest our lives in service to Him (see Matthew 16:24–26; Galatians 6:10). We bear fruit by
winning others to Christ, by helping them grow spiritually (see Romans 1:13; Proverbs 11:30), by
sharing our blessings with others (see Philippians 4:17), by giving praise and thanks to God (see
Hebrews 13:15), and by living a changed life through our conduct and character (Galatians 5:22).
Some people think that because they have "prayed to receive Christ," they can live as they
please. But salvation brings about a transformed, changed life (see 2 Corinthians 5:17) and
motivates believers to follow God's purpose for their lives.
For more information on how to know God, please contact Pastor Rob Miller via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office at (949) 951-9678.