Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. …Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. …Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)
The majority of Christian churches and different denominations teach and emphasis on salvation being going to Heaven and having Eternal Life after physical death here on earth.
While this is not entirely wrong there is, in fact, much more to it, according to Scripture.
What is salvation according to the Bible
Why is getting saved important? This is because we have all sinned against our Creator and it comes with a penalty.
Rom 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
As everybody has transgressed and broken the laws of God, salvation becomes necessary if we are to be saved from its consequences.
What does the Bible say about salvation? Salvation, when we read the Scriptures, means getting saved, freed from the clutches of sin and facing the eternal consequence of sinning, going to hell. Through the salvation process designed by God, we are saved or freed from whatever could bar us from accessing and enjoying eternal life.
Salvation begins when an individual takes a personal decision to obey and follow God, in appreciation of His Love displayed on the Cross through the Crucification of His Son Jesus Christ.
The saved person continues living in recognition of his or her sin and continual repentance of sin; it becomes a new lifestyle and a process that lasts for life. The process includes going to Heaven when one keeps God’s Commandments.
Scripture is explicit that salvation is given freely to whosoever believes and accepts Jesus. The Apostle Paul gave great stress to the redemption offered to us by Christ, available only through the unique gift of faith.
When Paul was speaking of “faith”, he was usually talking in opposition to the style of the Law given in the Old Testament.
Those who lived during the Biblical times, the Jews, believed that salvation would be attained through strictly observing the Ten Commandments as well as other laws stated in the Old Testament.
But today, through the New Testament, we attain salvation by faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ.
After Getting Saved
But for one to initially receive the free salvation gift from God, this is simply through having belief and faith in Jesus Christ, based on His finished work on the Cross.
After getting born again and saved through accepting the saving grace of Jesus Christ as our Savior and personal Lord, the Bible informs us that now we have been made perfectly righteous in the eyes of our Loving Father, God. Now the righteousness of Jesus has been credited or imputed to us.
Effectively, we are now completely free, through prayer, to approach the Mighty Throne of God, and after physical death, we go to Heaven to be in the presence of our Loving Maker.
However, it is important to point out that anyone can easily be professing faith in Jesus Christ, or even saying they are “saved”, but how we constantly live our lives should be the evidence that displays if we really have truly accepted the Christian way.
It takes dedication and time to learn about God and His requirements, God’s Law. Our ability to keep these Commandments is not something that happens overnight but a lifelong process.