Salvation, what is it, how can I find it?

Question: “What is salvation and how can we find it? Is salvation being saved from God’s judgement? How can we be saved and how can we bring salvation to others?”

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Do you know if you are going to heaven?  God is a Holy God. Holy means, He is sinless. Even though God loves us more than we will ever understand, His Holiness will not permit Him to allow anyone with sins into heaven.

If we want to go to heaven rather than hell, we need to eliminate our sins.  But how can we become clean of our sins?  The truth is, there is nothing we can do on our own to eradicate our sins.  But God, in His mercy, before time began, wanted a relationship with us, so He devised a plan to provide a way.  He provided Jesus Christ as a substitute to pay the price for our sins, the price we could not pay. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross with His sinless blood.

Would you like to go to heaven?  Would you like to receive the forgiveness of your sins that Jesus already paid for?

God makes it easy to have your sins forgiven.  You only need to say humbly to Jesus that you have sinned and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, to come into your heart, and to be your Lord and Savior.  Being Lord of our life means surrendering our life to His perfect will and direction.

When you sincerely ask Him into your heart, you become a new creature in Him, cleansed, forgiven, and saved.  

Notice there was no consideration regarding whether your sins are big or small, or if you have more good deeds than bad deeds. The only consideration is do you still have your sins or have you made the choice to give them to Jesus.  

Are you seeing the picture?  There is no gray area.  It is either white or black.  We either have our sins or we have given our sins to Jesus in repentance and have been washed clean of our sins by His precious blood.

Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

Our sins are what separates us from God and keeps us from heaven and it is through the saving grace of Jesus that our sins can be forgiven and we can be accepted into heaven.  It is the same for Christians who have sinned. They need to take their sin to the Lord in repentance, and He will always forgive them. He not only forgives, He has also chosen to forget their sins.  Unfortunately, many that once accepted Jesus falsely believe they will go to heaven while piling up unrepented sins, sins that separate them from God and heaven.  Click for Once Saved Always Saved, or Not.  People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

I can tell you that I lived 23 years without the Lord and many years with the Lord, and there is no comparison. God always loves me and He has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Heb. 13:5). He is always with me, even when I get off the path and am in sin. As my friend, He is always trying to help me, guide me back to the path, to repentance, and lead me in all aspects of my life.

God’s Word says that we will have some difficulties in our life, but we can rest assured, that in God’s mighty love, He will work out all the difficulties for our good.

God, in His infinite love, is calling you to have a loving relationship with Him.

Answering God’s call

Coming to God, accepting Jesus, is more a condition of your heart than the words you speak.  When you come to the Lord convicted of your sins, with a repentant heart, asking for forgiveness, asking Jesus to be your friend and Lord, what you say can be as short as, “Lord save me,” to a longer prayer saying to God, “Lord, I repent of my sins and ask you to cleans me of my sins, make me as pure as snow, to take over my life and be the Lord of my life, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7).

If you do not know Jesus, now is a perfect time to ask Him to clean you of all your past sins and to be your friend and Lord.  Then when you are asked “are you going to heaven”, you can say, “absolutely, 100% yes, for I am a child of the King, walking with the Lord, in obedience, in love, in holiness (forgiven of my sins), and in trust.”

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Is Salvation when you pray the sinner’s prayer

Many mistakenly think of salvation as a one-time event. In reality, salvation is a road we walk till the very end. We have been saved, past tense (Eph. 2:4,5,8), we are being saved, present tense (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15), and some day, future tense, we will be fully saved from the coming wrath of God.  …so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28).

The War

There is a continuous war occurring within each of us. The war is between God and Satan over our very souls.  Satan tries to entice you with lies and deception of the world and God gives you the truth through His Word. Our flesh is warring against our spirit for control of our soul.  Satan gives us an idea to do something wrong and the Holy Spirit through our spirit says that’s wrong, turn away.  Our soul is the tiebreaker.  For most folks, the flesh and the soul gang up against the spirit and tell Him to be quiet and stop interfering.  And the spirit, being gentle, in time will do just that, he will no longer try to help and guide a person. We, our soul, have a choice, we can join forces with our flesh or we can join forces with our spirit.  It is like the cartoon,  a person with a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other.

We have all sinned in our life, and it does not matter if we considered our sin to be little or big, because God considers all sins to be equally sin and God will not let sin into His heaven. For the wages of sin is [spiritual] death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).  Spiritual death ends in hell.  While God’s free gift, when received, cleanses us and permits us to spend eternity in heaven.  

Salvation includes receiving forgiveness of sins as a free gift (Acts 10:43, Romans 4:6-8) and the passing from spiritual death to spiritual life (1 John 3:14).  We pass form Satan’s control to God’s control (Acts 26:18) and come into a new personal relationship with God (John 1:12), and we are rescued from the penalty of sin (Romans 1:16, 6:23).

As we have all sinned, if we do nothing, our sins will take us to hell.  However, salvation saves us from the bondage of sin and brings us into a relationship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 6:9, John 14:18-23).

Salvation includes our deliverance from God’s coming wrath (Romans 13:11-12, 1 Th. 5:8-9, 1 Peter 1:5), our sharing in Christ’s glory (Romans 8:29, 1Co. 15:49), receiving our transformed new body (1 Co. 15:52), and receiving rewards for our obedience (1Co. 9:24-27, Php. 3:8-14).  In 1 Co. 5:1, 9:24-27, Php. 2:12, 16, and 2 Peter 1:5-11, we are warned not to forfeit our future salvation. If we intentionally turn from God and do not return to God, we will lose our salvation.  Click for info on lost salvation.

When is the best time for Salvation

And Jesus said to him, Today salvation has come to this house (Luke 19:9). Jesus said today is the best day. What God is offering is so much better than what the devil is offering, why wait?

What are the steps of Salvation

You must remember that salvation is of the Lord. It is a supernatural miracle performed by God because He loves you and has provided salvation for you by having sent Jesus to die for your sins, on the cross.  You are not saved by your worth or your works, but by God’s grace.

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth (1 Cor. 3:6).

Is salvation the same for everyone

The steps for everyone’s salvation are the same.  The soil of the heart needs to be prepared by tearing down the devil's strongholds of deception so that the light and truth of God can enter.  The seed, the truth of God’s love must be planted, and God provides the growth that prepares a person and draws him to God.  These steps may occur at once or over a period of time.   

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him (John 6:44).  It starts with someone opening the door in prayer.  It may have been continuous prayer for an individual or prayer for the people of a city or a larger area. There is great power when God’s children intercede in prayer that God’s kingdom would come to the unsaved.

Salvation by our good works

I am not saved because of all my good works.  Being saved because of our good works sounds good, but it has one problem.  Our good works will never pay the punishment required for our sins.  We do not receive salvation by our good works, but by Jesus’ good works on the cross.

How do we find God

Jesus answered,  I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:5-6).

Since Jesus is the Way to the Father, How do we find Jesus?

Jesus wants you to come to Him; He is knocking at your door.  It is sin that keeps you from Jesus and it is Jesus’ sacrifice that will clean you and permit you to come to Him.  …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

The following are the main considerations of God’s plan for eternal salvation.

1. Jesus Christ is the Only Way to Eternal Salvation

…for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36).

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:15-16).

2. God Desires All Men to be Saved

God has given each person a free will to make their own choices to accept Him or not. Click for more on free will.

God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:12).

3. We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith – Not Works

The gift of eternal salvation is a free gift given by God to all those who will believe on Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8).

knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ … for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (Galatians 2:16).

4. Eternal Salvation is clearly Laid out for us

We can accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior any time in any place.  

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19).

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation (Romans 10:9).

All that is needed is to confess with your mouth a simple prayer from your heart.

5. The Gift of Salvation Now Makes Us Righteous and Holy Before God

Once saved, we are made righteous in the eyes of God. We can freely approach the throne of God for worship, prayer, and communication with God, and when we die, if we have remained true to God, we will go straight to heaven.

Even though we will continue to sin from time to time, God will always forgive us as long as we sincerely confess each sin. However, as we learn to be led by the Holy Spirit, we will find that our occurrence of sins significantly diminishes.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him (Romans 5:8).

Why is it so hard for some folks to accept Jesus

Rather than believe the truth of Jesus, they believe the lies and deception of the devil.  He [Satan] has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them (John 12:40).

How may we use this verse to pray for others

Prayer,  “In the name of Jesus, I break any power the devil has over _____ life, and I claim their deliverance from the devil’s blindness that they may see the truth and understand with their heart and turn to God. In the name of Jesus, I claim their salvation and God’s protection from the evil one.” God will not force salvation on a person, but will keep calling them.

Wrong Salvation

The motivation given to a person for coming to Christ should not be Peace, Joy, and Happiness, for as soon as they do not have Peace, Joy, and Happiness in their lives, they will be disappointed, they will assume that God cannot be trusted, that He does not provide, and many will turn from Christ.  Rather, the motivation should be that God loves us but hates sin, that sin separates us from God, that we are all sinners in God’s eyes, and through repentance and salvation in Jesus comes the forgiveness of sin. Salvation from hell does not disappoint. While peace, joy, and happiness may be a result of salvation as we trust God and turn our problems over to Him, it should not be the reason for coming to Christ, because Christians do have problems, tests, trials, and Satanic attacks in their lives.

For more information on how to pray for the salvation of others, click.

No Salvation

When is salvation not salvation?  When there is no sincerity in the invitation.  If a person prays to accept Jesus just to get rid of or to satisfy the person who is pressuring them to accept Jesus, there is no commitment in their heart for Jesus to be the Lord of their life. Salvation requires a sincere desire for Jesus to come into their heart, a desire to be forgiven, to be cleaned, and to turn from their worldly sins to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Salvation is not a few words that provide a golden ticket to heaven, but rather the beginning of a walk and relationship with our heavenly Father and savior that ends in heaven (1 Peter 1:5).


If you are not a Christian and want to be with God in heaven, now is the time to receive Jesus into your heart.

Prayer:  “Heavenly Lord, I ask you to forgive me of my sins, to clean me, to come into my life and be my Lord and savior.  I thank you Father, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer, congratulations and welcome to the family of God.

Start your relationship with God by reading the Bible daily, starting with John in the New Testament, and find a good church.  For guidance of finding a good church, click.

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