The New King James Bible Version defines salvation as the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness.
All verses that touch on these phrases further define what salvation is all about.
But how can one be sure of it?
It is surely good news that we have the Holy Bible at our disposal to give us the details on how to attain and maintain the wonderful personal gift of salvation.
God’s plan of salvation
The Bible records God’s plan of salvation which had to do with Jesus Christ dying on the cross in a number of scriptures. Matthew 1:21 tells of an angel that brought the good tidings of the birth of Jesus Christ and the purpose of Jesus’ birth.
The angels said that Jesus Christ was to save people from their sins. Jesus Himself declared that He had come to seek and save those that are lost (Luke 19:10 NLT). God made the provision of salvation to be attainable only through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Through scriptures, God further opened our minds to that mankind is naturally sinful and therefore alienated from Him as recorded in the book of Romans 5:8. Verse 9 confirms that the solution is salvation which comes through the son of God Jesus Christ.
How to attain salvation
According to Romans 10:9 – 10, salvation is a personal decision that is attainable by doing two things:
At attainment of salvation, a person gets a fresh relationship with Jesus Christ and gets converted. This conversion makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The activity is spiritual and often not manifested in the naturally. However, some people receive physical healing, spiritual visions and literal touch when they receive their salvation. It is God who choses what happens to a person that receives salvation but all that is required of a person is to believe that it has surely happened.
The assurance of salvation
When Jesus had fulfilled His mission on earth, He told His disciples that He has been given authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).
Therefore, people that observe that which He had taught can use the authority given to Him to keep their salvation. Assurance of salvation comes by holding on till the end (Matthew 24:13) through the power received from the authority given to Jesus.
No power in heaven and on earth can stop the plan of salvation which God divinely endorsed through Jesus Christ.
In literal terms, it is clear that salvation is a virtue to be sought with great diligence.
Salvation is valid only when the relationship between the person and Jesus Christ is in good state. Mankind should be grateful that God had a plan of reconciling with Him and that it does not cost any material things.
The authority given to Jesus Christ by God is the assurance that the plan of salvation is not a fallacy.