What is salvation

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Salvation is being forgiven by God for all the wrong things that you have done. That's it. But that doesn’t really explain it, it doesn’t explain the depths behind it. True salvation is only found through Jesus Christ John 14:6. So there is only one way to gain salvation and that is through Jesus.

Salvation also goes beyond a full pardon, Christ doesn’t merely balance the books but has actually given us an inheritance because in salvation we are adopted into his family. Going to heaven is actually going home for Christians, it’s going to be with your family. (Ephesians 1:5) But until then, we have a family here also, a Christian family.

Salvation then is not just being forgiven for your sins but it is actually what we call being born again, we are born into a new family, God adopts us into his family through salvation.

Why do I need it?

We have all done things that we know are wrong, if we look at the ten commandments, we realise that we are guilty of breaking all of them. (Exodus 20:3-17) So, we have broken God’s commandments and this means that we are not good in God’s sight. (Romans 3:10-12) God has a perfect law that we have broken and when we break it, it’s called sinning. God is also just, we wouldn’t expect a judge to let people get away with crimes they have committed.

In the same way, God cannot let us get away with the sins we commit. We are all sinners and have all done wrong, we all need salvation, we all need to be rescued from ourselves. Because God is just, he must punish sin, he therefore, must punish us.

The wonderful thing about Jesus Christ is that he was punished for us. A perfect, innocent man was crucified so that God could put all of our sins to his account. Jesus was punished for what we should be punished with, he is a substitute. Without salvation, we end up being punished for our sin as we rightly should be. No substitute, no salvation and therefore at the judgement day, no one to plead our innocence. Your sin shall be judged and it shall be punished. (John 3:36) Salvation is free, it is offered to you, Jesus offers it with open arms. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Who’s it for?

It is for anyone who asks it. If you truly, genuinely and humbly admit your sin before God in prayer and ask him to save you, he will. There is no catch, no qualifications, you just confess everything to God and tell him you are sorry for it and want to be forgiven. The only thing you need is faith, faith in God’s power to save you (Isaiah 45:22)

Can I have it?

Yes, the bible is very clear that if you believe in Jesus and wholeheartedly believe that he died for your sins, you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10)

Watch the following videos below to help you dig into this topic. Below are also helpful audio messages and podcasts to guide you.


Take some time to pray and ask the Lord to show you the truth, then pick up your bible and read the book of John as a starting point. Watch the videos above and below for further encouragment. May the Lord bless and save you as you truly seek Him with all your heart.

Life Changing Podcasts

Pastor Gerard Hemmings Amyand Park Chapel

Gerard Hemmings was born in London and was raised a Roman Catholic. He was saved at the age of 17. He graduated from university with a degree in Biology.

Grace to you By John MacArthur

This powerful broadcast will boost your spiritual growth by helping you understand and apply God's Word to your life and the life of your family and church.

Truth For Life Alistair Begg

Truth For Life is the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. The ministry's mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established and local churches will be strengthened.

Dr. Steven J. Lawson Sermon Audio

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And they crucified Him Alun Ebenezer

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A Meal with Jesus Tim Chester

Tim argues that meals are also deeply theological – an important part of Christian fellowship and mission. He observes that Luke’s Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals represent something bigger. In six chapters Tim shows how they enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Desiring God John Piper

Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.  Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

Christ Our Life Michael Reeves

This wonderful book looks at the person and work of Christ, from his preexistence and eternal Sonship, through his incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension, to his return. It considers and applies the theological significance of all this, looking especially at how all our salvation and life is found in Christ.

Gods Word: Read Online ESV

The English Standard Version (ESV) is an essentially literal translation of the Bible in contemporary English. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning.

Knowing God J.I.Packer

J I Packer's modern classic on how we can know God. This book is normally in the top 10 list for all true bible believing Christians.

Slave John MacArthur

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