What is salvation?
In our past devotions we have studied the biblical meaning of faith, hope, love, grace, mercy and holy. Our next word is “salvation.” Believers understand what salvation means but unbelievers do not. Unbelievers understand what it means to be saved from a bad accident, saved from not getting the flu or from a number of different things but when it comes to biblical salvation they don’t understand because they don’t realize they need to be saved or why they need to be saved. The Bible does use the words saved or salvation to refer to deliverance from danger or suffering. “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:19 KJV) The word “salvation” in this verse is referring to Paul’s deliverance from prison. But for the most part in the New Testament, the words “salvation or saved” is referring to an eternal, spiritual deliverance. For instance, when Paul and Silas were in prison and an earthquake caused the prison doors to open, the jailer was afraid that the prisoners had escaped. When Paul yelled out and told him they were all there, “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:29-31 KJV) Paul is referring to the jailer’s eternal destiny. People don’t understand salvation because they don’t understand what they are being saved from. We are saved from the wrath of God…in other words from God’s judgment of sin. The Bible says: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:6-11 KJV) Our sin separates us from God and the consequence is death. The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 KJV) Salvation brings about forgiveness of sin and delivers us from the consequences of sin. Everyone needs salvation and only God can do the saving and He has provided for our salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV) We need saving from God’s wrath and God loves us so much that He made a plan of salvation for everyone.