Salvation is obviously a very important word and theological concept!
If I can find out how to be ‘protected from’ loss, destruction, and harm, that’s a good thing!
But do you notice anything missing from that list of ‘negatives’ that salvation protects us or saves us from?
I do: Wrath! Punishment! Discipline!
The point of the first 3 definitions is found in the 4th: Salvation saves us from the power and penalty of sin!
What is the penalty of sin?
The wrath of God! Eternal separation and torment in actual conscious state of peril.
Romans 1:18: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…”
Romans 3:23: “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Ephesians 2:1-3: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”
By nature, we are ‘objects of God’s wrath’. We have a sinful, rebellious nature.
If nothing changes that, we are stuck:
Stuck in our condemnation, stuck as an object of His righteous anger and wrath.
THAT is why ‘Salvation’ is so important!
THAT is why it’s so crucial that Jesus came!
THAT is why the Son of God is the ONLY one qualified to sacrifice Himself, to step in on our behalf and pay a debt He did not owe so that we could be forgiven, free, and adopted into the family of God!
If it weren’t for God’s grace, which compelled Him to send Jesus to pay for sin on our behalf, we’d still be stuck.
But He did send Jesus, Jesus did come, and He did willingly step in to pay our debt on the cross.
Now He offers the benefit of our debt being paid to all who will reach out and receive Him…to all who will Repent of our sin, and willingly give our lives to Him.
Acts 3:18-19: “But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”
Ephesians 2:4-9: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
And that is why we can have ‘salvation’. That is how we can be ‘saved’.
So, the bad news:
By yourself, you are stuck in your sin, separated from God, destined for wrath, with no hope.
The Good news:
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, your sins have been atoned for, and God offers His grace to you for forgiveness, hope, adoption into His family, and freedom!
Pretty clear choice, isn’t it?
God does not want you to be condemned in your sin. He offers a way out…but you must choose!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Salvation without repentance? Not possible.
Salvation with repentance and faith in Jesus? Absolutely Assured!