What is Salvation?
Salvation is far more than just making peace with God. It is life, a pure new life in God.
We receive Salvation by honestly admitting that we have sinned and not lived as God intended, and then we make a choice to give our life to God. When we give our life to God, we need instruction on how to live according to God's will. We do that by choosing to believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. When we give our life to God in salvation, it is a lifetime commitment, just like a marriage. Jesus will fulfill His part of the relationship, and He expects you and I to honor ours.
For many, saying the words at salvation is all they deem necessary, to get their ticket to heaven. However just like marriage vows, the words we say at salvation have meaning. And in those words there is a great depth of meaning.
Your salvation decision gives you access into a new kingdom, the kingdom of God. This kingdom of God does not start when we get to Heaven. It starts at salvation. It gives you resources to call upon that the unbeliever does not have. We all previously lived in the kingdom of our flesh, by the dictates of our selfish fleshly nature. That life style has negative consequences that affect our life. Some of the consequences are experienced immediately and some can take a long time to become known. God gives us insight into right and wrong behavior to help us avoid the conquences of sin. He desires that we overcome sin and its negative consequences.
To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins. [Acts 10:4]
The remission of sins is where we reduce the sin in our life to where sin has little to no negative affect on our life.
Now we have committed our life to God to live for Him. As we study the scriptures, and choose to believe them, our decisions will now be based upon God's will, rather than our own will emotions and thoughts. Because God's word is true, righteous and loving, we will drawn into the kingdom of God because of the pure life it offers. Remember Jesus Christ is the living Word of God.
Are God and Satan Equal in Power?
NO WAY! Many think the war between good and evil is like the picture on the left (or first picture) with there being a balance of power between good and evil.
Nothing could be farther from the truth!
Even in the picture on the right, the power of Satan is greatly exaggerated. You serve a loving, all powerful, and awesome God!
Yes, our God is an awesome God!