What Does Salvation Mean: A Simple Explanation

Today we are looking at the word “salvation.”  It’s a word we often hear in and out of the church and among friends and family concerned for loved ones and friends. But what does the word mean, and does it mean anything to you or me?

To assist with the explanation of salvation, a pastor put together a little booklet that he handed out to people wanting to know more about salvation. I received a copy of this little booklet years ago and found it the other day while digging through some files. I thought it would be great to share the contents with you. It is written so simply that anyone can understand.

Salvation – Turn and Trust in Jesus Christ


“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2


“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31


Jesus is Lord. This means that he has authority over our lives. He is the “BIG boss.”


Jesus’ name means Savior. He died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins and to save us from the punishment for our sins, which is to be separated from God forever.


Jesus is the Christ or the Messiah. This means that he is the one who was sent by God, the Father, to be the King who will reign in God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus is the Messiah that God promised that he would send in the Old Testament writings.


One time for All time and eternity.

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death to life.” John 5:24

“So there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:8-9

My Bible dictionary says salvation means:

“Because of the life, death, and exaltation of Jesus, salvation is a present reality, and the gospel is the declaration that salvation is now accomplished and available in and through Jesus. It is deliverance from the dominion of sin and Satan; it is freedom to love and serve God now.

Salvation is also, however, a future hope, for we will “be saved from God’s wrath through Him” at the Last Judgment (Romans 5:9), and Peter wrote of the salvation “that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).

Salvation, which belongs to our God (Revelation 19:1), includes everything that God will do for and to his people as he brings them to the fullness of life in the new heaven and the new earth of the age to come.”

In the New Testament, Jesus is portrayed as the Savior of sinners. He is the Savior or Deliverer from sin and its consequences and Satan and his power.

When a person repents and believes, that person receives salvation.

For more on how to pray, How Do I Pray?

If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, check out Prayer of Salvation.  

I hope this helps.


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