What Is Salvation
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom. 10.9, 10)
What is this salvation? Even those who are saved sometime do not under what this salvation is, with the result that they do not have the assurance of salvation and therefore they are not able to fully appreciate and enjoy it.
Before we look at salvation, which God has provided for sinful man we would very briefly at man who is in need of salvation. Then we will see eight pictures of salvation that we find in the Old Testament. This will teaches what salvation does to us.
Next we will examine the main facets of salvation: viz. Atonement, Reconciliation and Redemption. Repentance and faith are the means by which we obtain this salvation.
Results of salvation come next. Here we will study, justification, regeneration, adoption, sanctification and glorification. Finally we will examine our part in this, i.e. the practical aspect of it. Given below is the first of these points:
The Need Of Salvation: In the Bible and everywhere in the world we see man as a sinner. He was created upright and without sin. But through disobedience he became a sinner. Bible says: “Through one man sin entered the world and death through sin.” (Rom. 5.12). Sinful man is in a very pathetic situation He knows he is sinful and is guilty before himself and before God. The history of man shows that he has evolved many methods to propitiate the Holy God of heaven but has not been successful in his effort, which always came short of God’s requirements. He knows what is good but is not able to perform it and he knows what is evil and is not able to prevent it. Man knows the need of salvation and that he himself is not able to achieve it. God has taken the initiative to save him.
God has only one plan of salvation; but he has various ways of dealing with man in regard to it. Someone has compared salvation to a sparkling gem, which has many facets. Each facet represents certain aspect of the work of Christ. Therefore no single aspect is fully able to describe it. When we consider all the aspects of this salvation together we get a full picture of what God has done for a repentant sinner.