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What is salvation? (Easier)
Salvation: The deliverance of humanity from sin
For Christians, the word has a special meaning. Christians believe that all people ‘sin;’ that is, we do bad things. Often, doing bad things means people aren’t close to God anymore. Salvation brings people close to God; it’s like you didn’t even do anything bad in the first place!
How does that work? In the Bible, Jesus said God is the only one who can give salvation. People can’t buy their salvation. It doesn’t matter what people look like or how clever they are, the only way to get salvation is through Jesus.
What does the Bible say?
God sent Jesus to save all humanity:
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:.16
The Bible states that Jesus offers the only way for people to receive salvation:
'Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says, ‘The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important of all.’ Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.' Acts 4:11-2
In the Bible, there is a story about two men called Paul and Silas. They were put in jail.
One night after they prayed, the prison door opened by itself. But Paul and Silas didn’t run away. When the jailor saw them, he asked them what he should do to be saved. Paul and Silas said:
‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.’ Acts 16:31
The Bible has the story of salvation running through it. In the beginning, Adam and Eve didn’t do what God told them to do. They had to leave the Garden of Eden.
But God didn’t give up on people. Later on in the Bible, there are special people called prophets that God sent to help people. Some of these prophets told the people about a Messiah who would come. He was a special man of God. This Messiah would bring them close to God again in an amazing way. A way that nobody would ever guess.
The Messiah’s name? Jesus.
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