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What does Salvation mean?
The Greek word for salvation is ‘Sozo’, which means the forgiveness of sins, and healing. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’, and in Ephesians 2:8-10, ‘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’.
You may be thinking, “I’m a morally good person, and I’ve not harmed anyone or committed any crime. Why then do I need salvation from God?” Or perhaps, you’ve made many bad decisions in the past, and you’re wondering, “Would God even forgive me for all that I’ve done?”
The Christian author John MacArthur summarises well:
“The real problem is sin and guilt. That’s the issue. God sent Jesus Christ to rescue us from the consequence of our sin, and everybody falls into the category of sinner. It doesn’t matter whether you’re among the haves or the have-nots, whether you have great expectations or none at all, whether you’re consumed by your passions or exhibit a degree of self-control and discipline – you are still a sinner. You have broken the law of God. Unless something happens to change your condition, you’re on your way to eternal hell. You need to be rescued from the consequences of your sin. Those are the principal issues the Gospel solves.”
How do I receive Salvation?
- Acknowledge to God that you’re a sinner.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
- Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and has resurrected from the dead.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. (Acts 16:31)
- Confess your sins to Jesus Christ.
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)
Pray this from your heart:
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge that I’m a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe you’re the only begotten Son of God, and that you’ve come in the flesh to die for my sins, have resurrected from the dead, and is now seated with God in heaven. I open my heart to you, and receive you into my life as my Lord and Saviour. I thank You for Your love and the gift of salvation. I’m willing to forsake my old lifestyle, and ask that You be the Lord of my life to lead me, guide me, and bring transformation into my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
If you’ve prayed this prayer to receive Jesus into your heart, we want to congratulate you and welcome you into the family of God!
Here are the Next Steps to take:
We can’t wait to hear from you! Congratulations on your new life in Christ.