Salvation may be the most important issue or topic of interest discussed in the Christian faith and for many reasons. Each person at some point in time search for the answers to life and the afterlife and as important as salvation is in the Christian faith, there is not a consensus about salvation and this includes what it means and it’s received.
For starters, salvation is the belief that one’s soul is saved or the individual soul will be with God for eternity and not destroyed. For the most part, Christians are in agreement about this particular aspect of salvation but there are many different components and factors of salvation that are not agreed upon by Christians including how one is saved.
John 3:16 is perhaps the most powerful of all Christian scripture which teaches us that Jesus Christ stood in the place of humanity as the ultimate sacrifice for salvation. In other words, Jesus was the substitute needed for the salvation of humanity as he paid a price that not one person whether past or present could ever repay but he also paid a debt that he did not owe for his children below: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
To build upon the sacrifice of Christ and the salvation he provides because of it, salvation is only through Jesus Christ. What does this mean? Simply put: a relationship with Christ is needed before any person can enter eternity with Christ. This relationship is not one that is lukewarm but real and is for every person regardless of their sins and it does not matter how long one has known Christ but the union between man and God is the most important factor. Once we accept Jesus Christ, genuinely, by giving our heart to Him then we are saved.
More so, Christians are united together by Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our salvation is the greatest love story ever told but it’s also the single greatest story ever told. As Christians, we do not have to doubt that Christ is there as He never leaves: “even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;” (Romans 8:32). We also do not have to worry about the world leaving because Christ is always there regardless of who walks out: “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17).