What Is Salvation?

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 (NKJV)

The word salvation denotes deliverance and preservation, but from what? Why do we need salvation?

In the Garden of Eden, Adam sold mankind out to Satan, the enemy of God. All that God gave Adam became property of the devil, who became the “prince of the power of the air” and the “god of this world” (Ephesians 2:1-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4).

Adam’s communication with God was broken, and Satan became Adam’s lord instead of God (Romans 6:16)—the same Satan who Jesus said comes to steal, kill and destroy. Because of this treason, Adam and Eve had to be removed from the Garden, but God gave them the promise of a Saviour who would pay the penalty for their transgression, defeat the devil and make fellowship with the Father possible once again!

God sent Jesus, who took our place in judgment, paid the penalty for Adam’s treason and for all sin, and purchased back for us all that Adam had lost. Now, when we as believers leave our earthly bodies, we go straight into God’s presence. But salvation is so much more than that. It’s also for now—for our whole person! It ministers to our mental health (soul), our physical health (body) and our relationship and fellowship with God (spirit).

You can learn more about salvation in Acts and the Epistles. This salvation includes health, healing, restoration, preservation, prosperity, blessing and wisdom in the affairs of life. It includes deliverance from sin and bondage and the trials and challenges of this world. Everything you need for life and godliness is included (2 Peter 1:2-4)!