Salvation Defined

A querist asks, “What is the definition of salvation? What are we “saved” from? When we become saved, do we enter into a relationship with God as a child, or do we just receive conditional promises?”

1) The Greek word for salvation is “soteria” and has different meanings, depending on the context.

2) We are saved from our sins (Romans 6:6-7,17-18; cf. John 8:32; 1 Corinthians 7:22; Gal. 5:1).

3) When we meet the conditions and terms of salvation, we enter into a right relationship with all three members of the Godhead (Romans 8:13-17; Galations 3:26-29). Our salvation, however, is conditional, contingent upon our continuing to “walk in the light” (or teaching) of God’s word (1 John 1:7-9; cf. Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:23).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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