Salvation means "to deliver" someone out of danger. Salvation, especially in the Bible, implies then that people need to be saved.
It also implies that someone is able and willing to save the person who needs to be saved.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the only source of true salvation for any human being.
First, he is able to save (Hebrews 7:25). He is also willing to save (John 6:38, 39). And Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6). The gospel (“good news”) message therefore begins with the bad news that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and thus in need of salvation from the holy judgment and wrath of God (Romans 1:18). But Jesus, on the cross, took the punishment for sinners upon himself (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18) as our substitute and those who, by grace, believe in him for salvation will never perish (John 3:14-16).
Ephesians 2:8-10 encapsulates the systematic presentation of this message. We are saved by grace, through faith, and even our faith is a gift from God. We do good works, therefore, because we are saved, not visa versa.
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