Every person needs saving from one thing or the other. It could be from an abusive relationship, a bad decision that is now showing sufferable consequences, a health challenge, a financial challenge, a difficult economy, spiritual oppression or obsession, just name it and you would see that it could be an endless list of things men need saving from.
In the quest to find ‘salvation’ from all these difficulties that can disturb men, some have tried to find ways of annulling the effects or totally eliminating these issues, but they have not really been as effective as they should. This is because most of the problems that men are faced with have a spiritual root, but they try to cure it by mere physical means.
What Is Salvation?
Salvation is not a result of a physical formula that can be applied magically to take away every problem. It is a dynamic power that is only accessed by men through the grace of God.
When we say ‘salvation’, it doesn’t only mean that a man’s soul is saved, in that, he is now free from eternal damnation in hell. Salvation is far more encompassing than this.
The word interpreted as ‘salvation’ from the Greek is mostly the word soteria, and this is to mean a complete salvaging of not only the soul but preservation, safety, deliverance (health, finances, peace), and everything that should concern men.
You see, this salvation is supposed to be the one key that opens every door, it is a collection of possibilities.
The salvation of God is not only limited to this present world but is also a commitment to our future; it also means the saving of our souls to receive the eternal blessings of God in the kingdom to come. So, salvation is both now and, in the future, as well.
Why Do You Need God’s Salvation?
Well, in the beginning, God did not plan for all the complexities and sufferings that men go through today. When God made the earth and the heavens, He intended the earth to be a place that man would dwell in health, prosperity and fellowship with Him:
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” – Genesis 1:28 NKJV
If we follow the intention of God and follow the story carefully all through the Bible, we see that it was not the plan of God for man to be reduced to this level of existence.
For example, even after the fall of Adam that had taken away some measure of virtue from man, the Psalmist still observes something fascinating, and says about God:
“What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” – Psalms 8:4 NKJV
Man was, and is still so important to God.
And, why are all these things happening? Because man fell. Man fell since the first man, Adam, disobeyed God by eating of the fruit which he was commanded not to eat of. The choice was between the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge, and clearly the wrong choice was made. God had said:
“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:17 NKJV
And then, after a while this happened:
“And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?’
Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.’” – Genesis 3:11-12 NKJV
This was the fall of man from the glorious fellowship and presence of God, which brought the introduction of sicknesses, famines, poverty, hate, envy, and all sorts of evils that we experience today.
Though we are still in the world and still face these challenges, but the salvation of God is our ticket to coming out victorious and winning the crown of salvation.
If we want to be reconciled to the presence of God, and enjoy fellowship with Him, and His blessings, then we must accept His system of salvation through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
How Is Salvation Attained?
Salvation is gotten from God, by His grace, through the blood of Jesus Christ His only Son. In the old days, God made a system for man to atone for this sin that caused the separation, through the blood of bulls and goats, but this was not sufficient.
So, when the time had come for God’s plan to use His Son’s blood as the ultimate sacrifice came, in His love, Jesus came down and offered Himself willingly for our salvation:
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” – Romans 5:6,8 & 11 NKJV
There is only redemption through Jesus Christ, and all who want to receive Him must do so with a heart of faith, believing in His power to save:
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:10 NKJV
And when you call on Him, you are sure of being saved:
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’” – Romans 10:12 & 13 NKJV
Salvation is free for all men, no matter where they come from or what they have done in the past; this is the grace of God unto all men.
What Are The Benefits Of Salvation?
With salvation comes both spiritual gifts as well as physical gifts:
“as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” – 2 Peter 1:3 NKJV
It is a provision for both our physical (life) and spiritual (godliness) requirements.
Spiritually, we have received the gift of righteousness [Philippians 3:9]. We also have received the fruit of the Spirit that expresses the righteousness of God in and through us [Galatians 5:22-23].
Physically, we have been saved from every woe that can trouble us, and we have been given a new way to approach them in victory and conquest.
We have been blessed by the goodness of God through His salvation, seeing that we now have unhindered access into His presence. [Philippians 4:6,7,19]
Salvation is for all men, for God deeply desires that all be saved and none be lost in the fires of hell. No matter how dark a man’s past may be, the salvation of God can save and restore him to the glorious light the life of God gives.
Bible Verses About Salvation
These are some of the Bible verses about salvation.
|“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:13-14|
|“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16|
|“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:16-17|
|“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. – John 3:16-18|
|“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. … – John 15:1-27|
|“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21|
|“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:21-23|
|All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. – John 6:37|
|And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” … – Acts 15:7-15|
|And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, … – Acts 4:1-37|
|And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:15-16|
|And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; … – Luke 1:67-80|
|And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:15|
|And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6|
|And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ – Acts 2:21|
|And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ – Acts 22:16|
|And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38|
|And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12|
|And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31|
|And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. – Acts 13:48|
|And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— … – Ephesians 2:1-22|
|As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; – Romans 3:10|
|Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, – 1 Peter 3:21|
|Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9|
|Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. – Romans 10:9-10|
|Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20|
|But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8|
|But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” – Jonah 2:9|
|But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. – James 2:18|
|But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12|
|But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. – 2 Thessalonians 2:13|
|Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love – Ephesians 1:4|
|For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13|
|For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, – Romans 3:23|
|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|
|For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9|
|For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. – Romans 3:20|
|For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:17-21|
|For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, – 1 Thessalonians 5:9|
|For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2|
|For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16|
|For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39|
|For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. – Hebrews 6:4-6|
|For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21|
|For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. – Romans 6:14|
|For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” – Acts 13:47|
|For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, – Titus 2:11|
|For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23|
|For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10|
|For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. – Romans 10:10|
|He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24|
|He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, – Titus 3:5|
|His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him. – Psalm 21:5|
|How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, – Hebrews 2:3|
|I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. – John 10:9|
|I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. – Galatians 2:21|
|I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:28|
|I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13|
|If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9|
|In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, – Ephesians 1:13|
|Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3|
|Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:5|
|Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26|
|Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6|
|Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. – 1 Timothy 4:16|
|Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. – Psalm 25:5|
|Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” … – Acts 2:36-41|
|No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. – John 6:44|
|No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39|
|Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. … – 1 Corinthians 15:1-58|
|Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. … – John 3:1-36|
|Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, … – Romans 1:1-32|
|Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, … – Ephesians 1:1-23|
|Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, – Acts 3:19|
|Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah – Psalm 3:8|
|So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. – Hebrews 9:28|
|So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. – John 12:35-36|
|So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. – Acts 2:41|
|That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us! – Psalm 60:5|
|The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9|
|The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. – Revelation 3:5|
|The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. – Psalm 37:39|
|The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, – Acts 17:30|
|Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:30-31|
|Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. – Acts 16:30-33|
|Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) … – Romans 3:1-31|
|Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” – Acts 28:28|
|Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. – James 1:21|
|Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17|
|Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, – Philippians 2:12|
|Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9|
|To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. – Psalm 62:1|
|Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. – John 5:24|
|We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. – Isaiah 64:6|
|What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? – Romans 6:1-2|
|When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. … – Acts 2:1-47|
|When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” – Acts 11:18|
|Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, – 2 Timothy 1:9|
|Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:16|
|Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – John 3:36|