The plan of salvation refers to a way of coming to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Individuals may take different journeys to come to a realization that they need salvation, but the way of salvation is the same for all—Jesus.
The Bible is clear that the source of salvation is Jesus Christ alone. John 3:17 teaches, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Jesus is the only plan for salvation.
But why do we need to be saved? Human sinfulness. Romans 3:23 declares, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The consequence of our sinfulness apart from salvation is spiritual death (Romans 6:23) and eternity apart from God in hell (Matthew 25:46).
How can we be saved? By grace through faith in Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Salvation is a gift. It cannot be earned, only accepted.
When can we be saved? Right now. Second Corinthians 6:2 teaches, "now is the day of salvation." No one knows how long he or she will live. We must not delay, but place our faith in Jesus and be saved now while there is time. As John the Baptist taught, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2).
How long does salvation last? Forever. When we have sincerely placed our faith in Jesus, He gives us eternal life that no one can take away. Romans 8:38-39 shares, "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." First John 5:13 adds, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."
Are you in need of salvation? Are you ready to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, do it now. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. Romans 10:9 says, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." The following prayer is one way you might make this confession with your mouth:
"Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God's Son who lived a sinless life, died in my place to cover my sinfulness, and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life."
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