Let's Talk: What Does The Bible Say?

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Salvation is God’s gift. We are saved from sin and judgment.

People talk about being “saved” or “redeemed.” Salvation or redemption is something God offers freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This salvation is made possible only because Jesus shed His blood as the perfect sacrifice for all sin for all time. To be saved a person believes on Jesus Christ and commits to Him as Lord—turning from sin and turning toward God. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in and submission to Jesus Christ. A person who is saved is “regenerated” or “born again” and becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. A saved person is also “justified,” or acquitted—the penalty of sin is removed and the believer now enjoys peace and favor with God. Over time, the saved person is “sanctified”—set apart to God’s purpose and able to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth continues throughout the person’s earthly life, after which the person is “glorified” and lives forever in the presence of God.

Here are some important truths about salvation from the Bible:

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.