From freedictionary.com http://www.thefreedictionary.com/salvation
a. Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
b. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
a. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.
b. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance.
Looking at definition #2, we see that Salvation is “deliverance from the power or penality of sin; redemption”.
Unfortunately, many people take SALVATION as merely repeating a “sinner’s prayer” and then living life basically the same way as they did before repeating the sinner’s prayer.
What do I mean? Glad you asked. What I mean is this: SALVATION is more than repeating something somebody tells you to say. Salvation is
KNOWING, BELIEVING AND WALKING IN THE FACT THAT JESUS’ DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION has delivered us from the penalty of sin which was eternal death/damnation.
Some people say that because JESUS died for our sins and saved us from the penalty of sin, whatever sins we commit after repeating the sinner’s prayer are covered. In other words, some think that once a person makes a confession of salvation, they can still be alcoholics, adulterers, thieves, etc because they’ve already been forgiven.
If we really understood the meaning of salvation, we would have a total change of mind towards the things that GOD, in the Bible refers to as sin. If we would do a study of Isaiah 53 in conjuction to Romans 6 and John 3, we would see what salvation really means. If I asked 10 people today “What is Salvation”? I would get 10 different answers.
Once we realize that we have been redeemed from the power of sin and it’s penalty, we will begin to live like we have been redeemed from the power of sin and it’s penalty.
Too many people are walkng around in their sin nature and think it’s ok with GOD. Too many people are refusing to be renewed in the spirit of their mind because they are stuck on the mindset that salvation is mereley repeating the “sinner’s prayer”.How can we believe on a JESUS whom we don’t know? How can we know why JESUS died for our sins if we don’t study the Word of GOD? We can’t just think we are going to get by with the “sinner’s prayer” and think GOD is just going to let us slide into heaven.Please read Isaiah 53, Romans 6 and John 3 but before you do that, ask GOD to give you HIS understanding of what HIS Word is saying. Ask GOD to show you what Salvation is really all about and then when HE shows you, WALK IN IT. You’ll be surprised at what you will learn and how your life will change.Salvation: What’s It All About.