God’s Word talks about being saved a lot. But what is the meaning of Salvation in the Bible? In this short devotional, we’ll read the Best Bible Verses about Salvation and discover how this one little word changes us forever.
What is Salvation According to the Bible?
We all want to go to heaven.
There’s just one problem.
We don’t deserve it.
I know, the world tells us if we’re a good person and do all the right things we’re a shoo-in where heaven is concerned. But the truth is, being a good person doesn’t have anything to do with it.
And that’s where salvation comes into play.
It is the most fundamental belief of Christianity.
We believe that even though we might be a good person, we’re still a sinner. That we will never be able to erase sin from our lives on our own. And that we need a Savior to take away our sin.
At its core, salvation is about God’s love for us, sinful people.
Because of His great love, God sent His only Son to pay the price for our sin. God’s Son, Jesus, willing came to earth, lived the perfect life we never could, died on the cross in our place, and rose again on the third day, guaranteeing our ticket to heaven.
But there’s one caveat you must understand.
Jesus is the one and only way to get to heaven.
It’s His work on the cross that makes the path clear. And it’s God’s grace that sets us free from sin and shame and allows us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
If salvation seems complicated, or you have more questions, please read this easy-to-follow guide, How to Be Saved.
Now that we know what salvation means, let’s dive into the Best Bible Verses about Salvation!
Popular Bible Verses on Salvation and Eternal Life
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17 NIV
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:36 ESV
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 NKJV
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
John 6:47 NKJV
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:40 ESV
And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
Hebrews 5:9 ESV
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:36 ESV
For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’
Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Acts 13:47-48 NKJV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Romans 1:16 NKJV
Romans Road to Salvation
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 ESV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Romans 5:10 NKJV
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:19 NKJV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Romans 10:9-10 ESV
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Romans 10:14-16 ESV
Salvation Verses in Matthew
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25 NKJV
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:13 NKJV
But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 15:24 NKJV
Scriptures on Salvation and Repentance
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luke 24:46-47 NKJV
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
Titus 2:11-12 ESV
that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
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Old Testament Salvation Scriptures
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver;
the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Isaiah 33:22 ESV
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Isaiah 44:22 ESV
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NIV
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NKJV
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
Jonah 2:9 NKJV
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New Testament Bible Verses on Salvation
for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, eager for good deeds.
Titus 2:14 NASB
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
John 3:18 NASB
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.
John 3:20-21 ESV
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:17 NKJV
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:1-4 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12 ESV
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:16 ESV
Assurance of Salvation Verses
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9 ESV
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22 NKJV
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Jesus Saves Bible Verses
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 KJV
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:30-31 ESV
and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15 NKJV
who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
2 Timothy 1:9 ESV
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:37 KJV
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
John 15:1 NKJV
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 ESV
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 NIV
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10 NIV
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
1 Peter 3:18 ESV
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Inspirational Bible Verses about Being Saved
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Titus 3:5 ESV
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:9-10 NKJV
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise.
Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV
Now I make known to you, brothers and sisters, the gospel which I preached to you, which you also received, in which you also stand, by which you also are saved, if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 NASB
But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:25 ESV
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Favorite Psalms about Salvation
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Psalm 34:22 ESV
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:12 ESV
Help us, O God of our salvation,
For the glory of Your name;
And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins,
For Your name’s sake!
Psalm 79:9 NKJV
But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5 ESV
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:1-2 ESV
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
exulting in his salvation.
Psalm 35:9 ESV
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
Psalm 40:16 ESV
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.
Psalm 18:35 ESV
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
Psalm 37:39 ESV
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
Psalm 50:23 ESV
Bible Verses about Being Baptized
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:16 NKJV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 ESV
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
Acts 22:16 ESV
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
1 Peter 3:21 ESV
At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God he and his whole household.
Acts 16:33-34 NIV
Jesus is the only way to Salvation Verse
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Full Salvation Bible Verse
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
1 Peter 2:2 NLT
Helmet of Salvation Verse
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Ephesians 6:16-17 ESV
He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
Isaiah 59:17 ESV
Salvation Prayer in the Bible
Although an exact prayer for salvation isn’t directly in the Bible, the idea of it certainly is. Here’s a verse that tells us how to be saved.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:21 ESV
Sinners Prayer in the Bible
The Salvation prayer has four parts.
First, admit that you are a sinner.
Second, acknowledge that Jesus is to Son of God and died on the cross in your place.
Third, Put your trust and faith in Him.
Fourth, ask Jesus to come into your life and heart to save you.
A prayer to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is personal. No one can tell you exactly what to say. Just open your heart and let the words flow. God is listening and will honor your prayer for salvation.
Here’s a great example of the sinner’s prayer from Crosswalk.com to help you get started…
Lord, I admit I am a sinner. I need and want Your forgiveness. I accept Your death as the penalty for my sin, and recognize that Your mercy and grace is a gift You offer to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child. By faith I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control.
In Your precious name, Amen
As you can see there are a lot of great scriptures about the salvation meaning in the Word of God! Each one will give you the strength to get through the hard times and inspire you for the new life you have in knowing Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
May God bless you greatly as you follow Him!