Jinnette in email asked me; “What does salvation mean thoroughly?
Such a great question and one I’m sure many other people out there want to know the answer to as well. I hope the answer below helps Jinnette and you understand what salvation means.
When God created everything, He said it was good (Read Genesis 1). God created Adam and Eve in God’s own image (Genesis 1:26) and in doing so gave mankind free will.
God gave to Adam every plant and tree to eat from but one and told Adam that if he were to eat from that one tree that it would mean death (Genesis 2:16-17).
Yet both Adam and Eve used their free will and disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6) and ate from the tree which God had told them to not eat from; this was the first sin (sin is knowingly doing something wrong and knowingly not doing something which should be done) committed by mankind. Their eating from the tree which God told them not to eat from separated them from God (Genesis 3:16-24).
God is perfect and sinless. God is perfect and has always been without sin and never will sin. You and I are imperfect, always have been and always will be. Being imperfect we use our free will to choose incorrectly at times. Being imperfect, there is nothing you and I can do on our own to become perfect nor is there anything you and I own or can do to pay God to be with Him because you and I own nothing; everything is God’s including you and me.
So when we sin it moves you and me away from God and the more we sin the farther away from God we move ourselves. Even if you and I only sin once in our life (such as a small little lie), that sin moves us so far away from God that we cannot ever be with God.
In God’s infinite knowledge and wisdom, God knew that Adam and Eve (and everyone else after them) would sin and knowing this He had a plan to overcome sin (Genesis 3:15) which would again allow people like you and me to be near Him again. Genesis 3:15 is the first reference in the Bible of Christ Jesus.
John 3:16 lets us know that God so loved everyone, that He gave his only begotten Son , that everyone who places their trust in Christ Jesus will not die , but have everlasting life. (Christ Jesus is God’s Son and is perfect and who was fully human and fully God here on earth.)
“For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. This, then, is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” John 3:17-21
Romans 5:8 tells us that God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23 informs us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Peter 5:10 encourages us in that we will suffer only a little while; after that, God, who is full of grace, the One who called us to His eternal glory in union with Christ Jesus, will Himself restore, establish and strengthen us and make us perfect so that we can be with God in Heaven.
So basically through Christ Jesus everyone who chooses to put their trust in Christ Jesus is seen by God as perfect and without sin because God sees these people through Christ Jesus who is perfect and without sin.
Have you placed your trust in Christ Jesus? If not, why not?