The Bible And Salvation

W. Terry Varner
June 1, 2014

A great question is “Why was the Bible written and given to man?” Yes, it is God’s message to man, but why did God communicate to man by written word? What is salvation and how is man saved?

The Bible Was Written to Show Man He Is Lost. There was no written book of the Bible until after man sinned. Our sinful condition is the result of our rebellion and disobedience which began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “Therefore, just as through [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12). Our sins separate us from our God. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2).

The Bible Was Written to Assure Man that God Desires to Save Man. The very existence of the Bible should be sufficient evidence that God does not desire any man to be lost. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires that all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:3-4). “The Lord . . . is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is concerned about men in sin. He knows they are lost and condemned eternally. God desires all men to be obedient to His gospel message.

The Bible was Written to Explain All that God has Done in Order that Man Might

Be Saved. One can count on the Bible meaning what it says about man, sin, and salvation. In that God does not lie, then His word is accurate ana truthful. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). The New Testament serves as God’s inerrant and authoritative guide to man’s salvation. God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). The Scriptures “are able to make [us] wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:14). The Christian message is described as “the word of salvation” (Acts 13:26), “the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17), and “the power of salvation” (Rom. 1:16). The implication is that man cannot save himself, he must be dependent on God’s word.

What Does SALVATION Mean? In the first century as well as in our present century, salvation is often misunderstood. The word salvation (soteria) was used in the everyday language of the people of Jesus’ day. It was used to describe deliverance from an enemy, preservation, safe return home after an absence, bodily health, etc. All of these early first century definitions of salvation find their meaning in our spiritual salvation described in the Bible.

There two aspects of salvation set forth in the Bible. Salvation describes the deliverance from the guilt of sins; therefore, it has a remedial aspect. Salvation also describes preservation from the power of sin; therefore, a preventive aspect. Salvation involves obedient faith (Heb. 11:6), a heart that is soften with repentance (Luke 13:3), a confession of Christ as Savior (Rom. 10:9-10), baptism for remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), and a life of faithfulness, commitment, and dedication (Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 3:1-3; Rev. 2:10). Are you saved? Have you obeyed God?