Dr. Swisher, What is Salvation?   Jesse, Findlay, Ohio  

Hello Jesse. Thanks for this question as it gives us all the opportunity to think about an important subject.  Salvation is one of the key elements of the Christian faith that is often trivialized with a one-dimensional definition rather than a multi-faceted understanding. Your question helps us dig a bit deeper in our analysis. 

Two key Bible verses to keep in mind are John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” The other verse is 1 John 1:9; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I often remind people that the love and grace of Jesus takes our mistakes and deposits them in the deepest part of the sea never to be spoken of again. As humans we tend to bring up, dwell on and be overwhelmed by our past mistakes. Things we’ve done or left undone. A deeper grasp of salvation helps us move on from this elementary concept of faith to a more meaningful one.  

For instance, We are not just saved “from” something we are saved “for” something. Often it seems like the Christian life is all about being saved over and over again and then making sure others are “saved.” But when we go beyond the surface level we discover that being “saved” means much more. Yes we are saved from sin, but beyond that we are saved so we can carry out the purpose for which God has us on this earth.  This purpose can be divided into 3 Categories:

  1. To Communicate the positive, hopeful message of God;
  2. To be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need;
  3. To offer God’s love through a transformational community of Believers.  

Receiving salvation isn’t the end of the process. It is the beginning of a lifelong adventure of being continually shaped into the image of Christ.   

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