What Does It Mean to Be Saved?

Available to everyone and freely given, all the benefits of a relationship with God come only through Jesus.

1 Peter 1:1-5

Christians often talk about salvation, but do we really understand what it requires? Too many of us think that being saved is our own responsibility, but it’s really the work of God. He causes us to be born again (1 Pet. 1:3). Our part is to respond to the gospel message in faith when His Spirit opens our heart to understand.

The path to redemption begins with the realization that it’s impossible to make ourselves righteous, because we cannot correct our sinful nature. To find favor with the Lord, we must trust in the sacrifice our Savior made on our behalf. His crucifixion was a demonstration of God’s hatred for sin and immense love for mankind. Jesus—the blameless One— bore the penalty for sin so corrupt people like us could be made righteous through faith in Him.

Your good works and righteous acts can never earn God’s forgiveness and favor. The only way you can be forgiven of your sins is through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial, substitutionary atoning death at Calvary. No matter what you’ve done, you can be declared righteous if you’ll turn from your sins and trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord.