Salvation, as it is presented in the Bible, is a very narrow path. Jesus put it in perspective when He said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)”
Secondly, it must be understood that salvation has to do with the immaterial part of man—it is a spiritual matter. It pertains to our living, eternal souls, and their relationship and eternal fellowship with God. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)”
Thirdly, because salvation is not a material possession, but a treasure to be stored in heaven, and in your heart, you must access it by faith. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved… (Acts 16:31)” This faith involves understanding the truth, agreeing that it is the truth, and placing your trust and dependance upon the truth. Without these three components one does not have saving faith, according to the Word of God.
Fourthly, salvation is clearly a gift. The scriptures tell us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).” Salvation cannot be earned because that which is earned is no longer a gift. Salvation by Faith, and salvation by Works (good deeds) are mutually exclusive. (i.e. If you have one you cannot have the other.) This is important because God is not willing that you take credit for any part of the salvation that His Son, Jesus Christ, purchased with His own life’s blood.
Now that you understand salvation, how can you make it your own? One, understand and agree that your sin has separated you from God and will end in both temporal and eternal ruin and death. This is called repentance. Two, understand and agree that God has paid the penalty for your sin by offering His own Son as payment in full. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead in fulfillment of God’s just requirement for your redemption. Three, place your faith and full confidence in the finished work of Christ. He is God’s provision for your salvation. Make it a personal matter.