Defining salvation according to the Bible is yet another instance in which simply getting out a dictionary or “going to the Greek” is useless. Knowing the Greek word for “salvation” (“soteria” – rescue or safety either physically or morally, deliverance, preservation) doesn’t really help. Understanding salvation according to the Bible requires looking at how God has defined it in the context of His word. It’s only then that we can fully understand what biblical salvation is and how it applies to us.
How Scripture answers "What is salvation according to the Bible?"
Salvation according to the Bible is man’s opportunity to triumph over physical death and live eternally8. God wants all mankind1,2,8 to be saved by belief in Jesus and His gospel message1,2,4,5,6,7,8. Salvation is both a moment in time1,3 as well as a continued state of being1,4,5,6,8. Salvation’s “moment” is only possible by and through Jesus Christ1,2,4,5,7,8 and is thanks to His completed mission on earth. It then must be maintained1,5,8, or not “neglected”4, by those that came to obey of/by their own free will1.
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