What is God’s Plan of Salvation?
The Bible teaches us that God has a plan of salvation. This salvation is available for all of mankind.
Whether we are religious or not, many people will realize that there is something morally and spiritually wrong with humanity. One does not have to be religious to understand that there is evil that exists in the world. Furthermore, we do not have to be religious to realize that all people are capable of wrongdoing. We as mankind are not perfect and we are capable of making mistakes, errors and disobedience.
Romans 3:10 says – as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.”
Romans 3:23 says: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Therefore there is clear evidence from Scripture that man is sinful; man is not perfect; he is flawed and he falls short of God’s glory and standards. Sin is rebellion or disobedience against God and His word.
Why Do We Need Salvation?
Why do we need to be saved? It is because we are sinners and therefore we do not meet God’s standard of righteousness (Romans 3:10).
We inherited our sinful nature from Adam who disobeyed God in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24).
Romans 5:12 says: Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
Therefore all of mankind needs salvation because we all need to be saved from the power and consequence of sin in our lives.
The Bible tells us that sin has consequences. For example, sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) so that we live at enmity with God. Sin also creates enmity or relationship problems amongst us as people (Genesis 4:6-8).
Ultimately sin also leads to eternal punishment if we do not choose God’s plan for salvation (Revelation 20:11-15 and Romans 6:23).
Therefore we need salvation because we need to be eternally reconciled with God. Without God we are spiritually lost and cannot relate with Him.
When we become saved, we eternally become children of God (John 1:12) and we are saved from the power and consequence of sin.
We also need salvation because we ultimately cannot pay for our own sins. Our own goodness or righteousness are like “filthy rags” before a perfect God (Isaiah 64:6). We cannot save ourselves by our own righteousness or effort.
Where Do We Find Salvation?
What is God’s plan for salvation? God’s plan for salvation is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Therefore God Himself is the only one who can provide for our deliverance and salvation.
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh (John 1:1-3,14).
John 3:16-17 says: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
So we understand from John 3:16-17 that salvation is found through Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ came so that we may have eternal life and not perish.
Jesus Christ came to save us from the power and consequence of sin. Jesus Christ did not come for the righteous people – because there are NO perfect people and all are sinners.
Instead Jesus Christ came for the sinners and to save sinners from eternal punishment.
Luke 5:31-32 says: And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin which we could not pay. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sin through the shedding of His blood for our sins on the cross (Ephesians 1:7).
2 Corinthians 5:21 says: For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the cross once and for all (Romans 6:10-11; 1 Peter 3:18).
How Can We Be Saved?
How can we receive God’s salvation? The answer is found in such verses as John 1:12, John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
We become saved by believing or trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour.
John 1:12 says the following about Jesus Christ: But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God
Believing means that we change our mind or repent by making the decision to reject sin and we choose to embrace God and allow God and His word to have influence in our life through the power and presence of Jesus Christ in our life.
Believing means that we fully trust in the grace and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the perfect and only payment for our sins on the cross. Therefore our salvation is found in no one else but Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Believing means that we understand that we cannot save ourselves by our own personal merit or effort to be good. Instead have faith in God and in the sufficiency of Christ’s death on the cross as being the complete payment for our sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The Most Important Decision
The most important decision we can ever make is to believe and by faith receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour.
Acts 4:12 says the following about Jesus Christ: And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?
We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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