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What is Salvation?

Elder Derrick Noble Phelps

Superintendent, Christian Education

Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church

Volume 5

Many Christians today are motivated by a variety of resources on topics ranging from self-help to discovering your personal inner strengths to appointing themselves on how to get a blessing. All of these efforts have particularly good personal intentions, and any of these goals will certainly help one to achieve what they are searching for in life. For the sake of argument, I find myself searching for some of the same things. But I have discovered on this journey of life pertaining to improvement skills and techniques available to all on the internet, that there are many topics that absolutely require divine intervention, and that topic is salvation!

Exactly what is salvation to the Christian?

The subject of salvation is not only directed to Christians. This subject is directed to all walks of life and to all believers. To put it simply, lip service and good behavior can not give anyone salvation. In fact, the great Greek philosopher Socrates believed that this type of thinking as human reasoning with its only purpose was to satisfy oneself. Socrates believed that if humans can make right choices in society and can motivate themselves through these right choices, then humans can obtain total happiness. He also believed that evil is the result of ignorance, and that by listening to your inner voice, you could achieve salvation.

In an article written by Dr. Tracy Munsil, Executive Director of the Center at Arizona Christian University stated, ‘unlike past generations of Americans, adults today adopt a salvation can be earned perspective, with nearly 48% believing doing good will earn them a place in heaven”. Dr. Munsil goes on to state that “this lack of understanding of basic Christian theology is stunning with devastating consequences.” When this way of thinking is updated to today’s society, one-third of Christians still believe doing good is all we need to obtain salvation. According to this trend, the way to obtain salvation will continue to drop.

To get a better understanding about salvation, we must define what salvation is. Salvation is a word that is inclusive of a system (systematic theology) that denotes the entire process by which man is delivered from all that would prevent his attaining to the higher good. It is the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death. It is not dependent on economic factors and cannot be obtained by money or charitable gifts. Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences and must include faith in Jesus Christ. The system of theology teaches that one must be baptized in Jesus Name, (not Father, Son, Holy Ghost) for the remission of sin, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and walking in the newness of life provided by the remission of sin. The Apostle Peter stated in 2Peter 1:11, “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (KJV). Psalms 3:8 states, “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (KJV). In other words, salvation will only “fit” properly when it lines up with the scriptures and expressed through our faith in the scriptures.

Just in case you may not feel the need to obtain salvation based on scriptures, the Apostle Paul declared in Romans 3:23 that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (KJV). Paul makes this point because sometimes sin is not always so easily detected among us.

Find yourself a Bible based place of worship. Ask the leaders and Pastors of your place of worship this one simple question: What must I do to be saved? If you have any questions on this topic, please feel free to email me at

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article may not reflect the views and opinions of Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church nor any of its affiliates.

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