The Bible says that salvation can only come by one means, and that is by making Jesus Christ your Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). The Bible says in many places that Jesus is the only way:
- John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5; John 3:36; John 8:24;
Many believe this to be narrow-minded—after all, can’t non-Christians be good people? Yes, they can, but being a good person is just one factor. We also need salvation from death. We need to be saved because “through one man (Adam) sin entered the world and death through sin, in this way death came to all mankind for all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Adam’s sin impacted all of mankind in that his sinful nature was passed on, and it condemned us all to death. Scripture says, “death came to all men, because all sinned” (Rom 5:12).
Man was in a real dilemma, because no man can save himself from death (Ps 89:48). Thankfully God didn’t leave us without a savior. Scripture also says, “Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men” (Rom 5:18). That righteous act was fulfilled by Christ when he died on the cross for our sins. As a result of that act, we can be saved from death and declared righteous by God—not because of what we did, but what Christ did when he gave his life for all. In return, God asks us to “confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9). Scripture says that when we do this, were are, “sealed with that holy spirit of promise” (Eph 1:13), and that our salvation is “guaranteed” (Eph 1:14). It is “guaranteed” because salvation is a future event when Christ returns for all Christians, both the dead and living (1 Thess. 4:16-17). When that happens, Scripture promises us that we will “forever be with the Lord.”
There have been many other spiritual leaders in history like Mohamad, Buddha, and Confucius who have promised a way to eternal life, but Scripture says the God has “assured” us that Jesus is the true savior in that “he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Christ alone gained victory over death, and we can too by making him our Lord.
Further understanding of salvation can be gained by following the links below: