Definition of salvation:
Restoration of our relationship with God through God’s actions of reconciliation so that we can be assured of God’s love and care now and beyond death. Christianity regards salvation as deliverance from bondage to sin and condemnation.
“As it is written: There is none righteous, no not one; ..” – Romans 3:10
“.. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ..” – Romans 3:23
“Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned..” – Romans 5:12
The truth is that sin, as defined in the original translations of the Bible, means “to miss the mark.” The mark, in this case, is the standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by Jesus. Viewed in that light, it is clear that we are all sinners.
A lot of people have problems at this point. We tend to want to compare our life with others we know. We want to make sure everyone understands all the good works we have done. “Hey, I’m a nice person!”, we often say. None of that matters. The verses do not say we come short of the glory of man … the verses tell us we come short of the glory of God. As Christians, the standard we measure ourselves against is Jesus Christ, and no one measures up. But God knows that, He created us, and He loves us and he put in place a solution for this problem.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23