What is Salvation?
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..." (Romans 1:16)."
Old Testament: There are several words used when referring to salvation: such as born again, regeneration, the new birth, being converted etc. The Greek word for salvation is Sow, which means to save or to be delivered from some life-threatening danger. There are several aspects of salvation in the In the Old Testament:
- First: salvation implies that a person or nation is in great distress, and the sufferers do not have the ability to help themselves.
- Second: salvation involves a deliverer (a Savior); this person acts on behalf of the sufferers to deliver them from their distress.
- Third: the action of the deliverer affects a release from the circumstances that caused the suffering. So then, salvation is portrayed as a movement from distress to safety. Man is born into sin, faced with eternal separation from God; which means everlasting torment in hell that is our distress.
New Testament: The Greek word polygenesis translated to salvation means, ?to be born again.? ?There is no substitute for salvation it is the only way we can enter into heaven.
- Salvation/Born Again is the spiritual change in a person, made by the Holy Spirit, by which we become the possessor of new life. It is the act of God through the Holy Spirit that gives eternal life to those that believes in Jesus Christ, they are a new creature (See 2- Cor. 5:17). This new birth is like Genesis 2:7), the Holy Spirit comes inside of us and He gives us a new heart, one that love God and hate sin.
- The New Birth is different from justification, because justification is a change in our standing. The New Birth is a change in our moral and Spiritual nature. The New Birth is not rehabilitation, it is re-creation.
- Born Again is the impartation of a new divine life; the production of a new thing; it is (Gen. 1:27) over again. By nature, man is dead in sin (Eph. 2:1); the new birth gives new Spiritual life which is eternal. Jesus said, ?Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believe in Him that sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life? (John 5:24 NJKV).
- It is very important that we understand the meaning of being Born Again; because there is no other way of entering except being born again. He who does not enter here, does not enter at all (John 3:5; Titus 3:5).
The need is as far-reaching as sin and humans; because ?All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6?23-a), which is eternal separation from God. What this means is those who are separated from God, will spend eternity in hell with Satan, his angels and all those who have not been born again.
- Salvation is needed because sin has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2 KJV); and separation causes us to lose out on many of God blessings, leaving us without any hope of going to heaven.
- Your first birth was of flesh; born in sin and shaped iniquity (Psalms 51-5). That?s why Jesus said, ?Except a man be born of water (meaning the Word) (Eph. 5:26); and of the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God? (John 3:5 KJV).
- Note: you had no participation in your first birth, nor had you committed any sin that would cause you to be born in sin. The Bible said, ?By one-man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned (Romans 5:12 KJV).
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