To sum it up, salvation is basically another word for deliverance. The next question comes, deliverance from what?. When the Egyptians were chasing the Israleites after coming out from Egypt and heading up to the red sea, Moses told the Israelites to "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord" (Exodus 14:13). That is the physical deliverance or salvation of the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians.
In the new testament, the word salvation refers to the ultimate deliverance from the penality of sin which is also referred to as the internal death (Romans 6 : 23). That is why the book of Hebrews is sometime called the so great salvation.
Why do we need to be saved? To understand the importance of salvation, we must go back to the time when man was created by God. " And God formed man of the dust of the ground, and he breathed unto his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Genesis 2 : 7).
In the book of Ezekiel it mentioned that all souls (living beings) belongs to God. "Beholds all souls are mine; the soul of the father, as well as the soul of the son are all mine; the soul who sins shall die " (Ezekiel 18 : 4). This is also mentioned in verse 20 : "That the soul who sins shall perish".
This mean that all human beings have sinned ( except Christ). "For we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3 : 23) and the penality for sin is death. "For the wages of our sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord " (Romans 6 :23).
So all humans needs to be saved or require salvation from the penalty of sin which is eternal death through the gift of God that was given to mankind through Jesus Christ. That is why salvation is very important and necessary because without it there will be no remission of sin. Salvation is therefore only possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God the Father will not accept any other form of salvation except through his Son - Jesus Christ.
Jesus payed the ultimate price for our sin, by giving his life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. (Roman 5: 8 ) tells us, "But God demonstrated his own love towards us, in that while we were all sinners, Christ died for us ", to redeem us from sin.
John 3 : 16 - stated "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son", so that he can become the redeemer of our sin if we believe in him. That is our key to eternal life.
Prophet Isaiah also wrote: "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return tot he Lord, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon" (Isiah 55:6-7).
So the road to eternal salvation from the penality of sin (actions that breaks, the Law of God) is through Christ and Christ alone. He paid for our sin by him dying on the cross for our sin. He is the only one that enable us to be redeemed from eternal death. Christ's death have also reconciled us back to God our heavenly father, justified us of our past sins, through his precious blood. So once we accept Christ and his ultimate sacrifice, our salvation - our delivererance from eternal death - is prevailed.
To accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, you need to pray the prayer of salvation and that you meant it in your heart by following through with this prayer.
"Dear Jesus, I believe that you're the gift that God gave to man for their salvation, and I believe that you Jesus, died on the cross for my sin and you also rose from eternal death for my salvation. I have fallen short in your sight, due to the many sins in my life, But I ask you now, that you forgive me from all my sins and that you wash all my sins away with your precious blood that shed on the cross. From today on, I will accept you in my heart and commit to you as my God and saviour for the rest of my life in Jesus name..Amen"