God’s plan for salvation is clearly stated in John 14:6 when Jesus answers ” I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.”
The world is ruled by darkness. Not literally, so that the sun never shines, but by spiritual darkness, intended to keep people from knowing the truth. It has been like this since Adam brought the curse of sin upon mankind. Life in this world is a never-ending battle against evil. Ephesians 6:12 says ” For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world.”
For thousands of years, it was a losing battle. Getting to heaven by obeying the law given to Moses was an impossible task in all but a handful of cases. God knew this and as a result, created a plan to deal with that reality. Romans 6:14 explains. ” For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”
The Son of God is our Salvation
God the Father put his plan for our salvation into motion when he sent his Son to earth to live as a man. Jesus was God in human form. John 10:30 confirms who he was. ” I and the Father are one.” Jesus came to fulfill the most generous task ever undertaken. He would sacrifice himself so that all men could have a way to go to heaven when their life on earth is done.
God’s plan for Salvation
Realizing that God is real and that you need him is where it starts. Once a man gets there, and he tells God that he is sorry for all his sin, and asks Jesus to come into his heart he has started the process. Romans 10:9 explains “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Being saved or being born again is the trigger that allows the miracle to begin. From that point on that man will be super-naturally changed forever. The promise of eternal life with Jesus will be his. By grace, he will be saved.
That is the simplicity of God’s plan for salvation. It is only that simple because of the complexity of the sacrifice made by Jesus to allow man’s debt of sin to be paid. Jesus lived his entire life free of sin. His life was perfect. Yet he allowed himself to be slain on that cross and to allow his blood to freely flow and wash away the sin of man. Past, present and future sins were wiped away. The degree of suffering required by Jesus for him to accomplish such an enormous and generous gift is immeasurable. Jesus defeated Satan and made a way to take back the world.
The love shown by this act demonstrates how important man is to God. Having a way to pay our debt and a way to receive the gift of eternal life is God’s plan for salvation.