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What is salvation? (Easier)
Salvation means to save someone or something from being hurt.
For Christians, the word has a special meaning. Christians believe that we all ‘sin;’ we do bad things. Often, doing bad things means you aren’t close to God anymore. Salvation keeps you 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. We can’t buy our salvation. It doesn’t matter what we look like or how clever we are. The only way to get salvation is through Jesus. We just have to say sorry for our sins and trust Jesus.
‘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
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
Because Jesus died, he took away the bad things we had done. His death was an atonement for our sins, a ‘sorry’ to God for all time. This means we can always be close to God too.
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. God sent prophets 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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