What is Salvation?


Salvation in the Bible is about “saving” the soul of a human being. Why the need to save a soul? Because God told the first human beings that they would “surely die” if they disobeyed Him (Genesis 2:16-17). They were tempted to disobey and did disobey (Genesis 3:1-7). Adam and Eve did physically die many years later (Genesis 5:5), but not before they experienced the murder of their second-born son at the hands of their first born (Genesis 4:8). Why did Cain kill his brother? Because of “sin” and spiritual death (Genesis 4:6-7).

God announced His “Plan of Salvation” to Adam and Eve immediately after they disobeyed Him. That plan included the sacrificial death of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15). The entire story of the Bible is about God’s love for humanity and His gracious plan to save people from spiritual death. With that in mind, here are some “Salvation Facts” from the Bible:

  1. Every human being is “lost” and in need of God’s salvation (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-23; Titus 3:3)
  2. Jesus Christ came from Heaven to earth for the express purpose of bringing salvation to lost people (Matthew 1:21; Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:9-10; John 3:17; John 10:9; Acts 2:21-24; Acts 4:8-12)
  3. Jesus Christ brought salvation to human beings through His death on the Cross (John 3:14-17; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:13; Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:13-14; Colossians 1:19-22)
  4. The Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ is the power of God for salvation and guarantees all saved human beings will live with God in Heaven forever (Romans 1:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:13-14)
  5. God offers salvation to humans based on His unconditional love and unmerited favor, not because people earn or deserve it (Ephesians 2:4-10; Romans 3:21-26; Titus 3:4-7)
  6. People are “saved” when they believe that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Savior and confess Him with their mouth (Acts 16:29-31; Romans 10:10)

Are you saved? Do you have the amazing gift of God’s salvation? Do you know that if your life ended today you would be with Christ in Heaven? If not, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ right now and confess Him with your mouth. Whoever believes on Christ will not be put to shame (Romans 10:11) and whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:12).

If you have believed on Jesus Christ and called on the name of the Lord for His gift of salvation, we invite you to contact us at Seminole Heights Baptist Church and let us know how we can help you learn more about this great gift of eternal life. (813.236.5757 or pastors@seminoleheights.org)