by Matt Slick
Salvation is when God forgives a person of his/her sins and saves him from damnation -- which is the righteous judgment upon all who have broken his law (i.e., do not lie, do not steal). This judgment consists of God condemning the sinner to eternal punishment in hell (Matt. 25:46). This is the destination of all who reject God's provision for the forgiveness of sins. Being saved from this judgment is only accomplished through faith in Jesus as Savior who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). He died on the cross for sins (1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Cor. 15:1-4). If you want salvation, you need to trust in what Jesus did on the cross, receive him (John 1:12) and turn from your sins (Acts 3:19). Only then can you have eternal life and be with God (Eph. 2:8-9).