Salvation is the way to find peace with God
Salvation is the way we come to experience God here on earth, and live with Him after we die. Salvation means to be saved from our sins and from being eternally seperated from God. It is a gift from God, and each of us has a choice about whether we will receive it. The purpose of this page is to explain more about this choice.
It all starts with God. God is the Loving Creator and Ruler of the world. The Bible says that:
"all things were created through Him and, without Him nothing was made" - John 1:3.
This means that God created the world, and He created us. God created us to live in relationship with Him under His authority. But we rebelled. We rejected God's authority in our lives and chose our own way. This rebellion against God is called Sin. The Bible says that every one of us has sinned:
"all have sinned" - Romans 3:23 / "all have turned away" - Romans 3:12. sin matters to God and we will be required to give an account of our rebellion when we die: "it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement" - Hebrews 9:27.
God's sentence for sin is to cut us off from Himself permanently. If we reject God and His authority in our lives then God's sentence is really what we have chosen all along - to be separated from Him. But because God is the source of life and goodness, being cut off from Him in this way means death and Hell:
"For the wages of sin is death" - Romans 6:23.
But God did not leave us like this - because of His great love and mercy He gave us a way out. He made a way for us to be saved from death and ruin, to live with Him eternally. This way is through Jesus Christ.
God sent His son:
"For God so loved the world that He sent His only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16.
God Sent His Son Jesus to live among us in the World. Jesus did not rebel against God like us; instead He always chose to live under God's authority and to please God. Because of this sinless life (Jesus did not deserve to die and He did not deserve punishment, but this is what happened to Him), He was beaten, mocked, scourged and nailed to a cross. The reason He did this was for us. He took upon Himself the debt of our sin so that when we stand before God at the judgement and God sees our sin, and passes our sentence, we will not have to serve it because Jesus already has. Jesus took our place. He cleared our debt. He paid what we owed.
"Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:13
Such grace is undeserved by us. It is a gift from God because He loves us. It is our choice whether we will receive it. God raised Jesus to life after three days. He has conquered death and offers us new life, for today and eternally. Jesus says:
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" - John 11:25-26
Because of Jesus' death and resurrection God has made it possible for us to have a new start. Where we used to reject God and sinfully do things our own way, God has made it possible for us to be forgiven and to experience a relationship with Him as Lord. God has made it possible to experience new life, right now and carrying on into eternity.
So this is the choice that each of us has. Will we receive God's gift of salvation which comes through Jesus Christ?
"Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" - Acts 4:12
If your choice is yes and would like to receive the gift of salvation and begin a new life with Jesus as Lord, then in your own words you could say for example:
Dear God, Thank You that You sent Your Son to die for me. I have sinned against You, and I ask for Your forgiveness in Jesus' Name. I choose to turn away from my old life and from my sin, and I ask that You would be Lord in my life and that You would show me how to live for You. Amen!
It is a big decision to turn away from your old way of living and from sin and make Jesus your Lord. A Christian friend or pastor may be able to talk with you further about what this means as well as a Bible believing church, and support you as you start your new life with God.