Salvation in Jesus Christ is a very simple and profound life changing experience. Many churches and religious denominations have complicated it through rituals and ceremonies that are good things to do, but not necessary for salvation to begin in a person’s life.
Salvation begins when you “believe” that Jesus Christ was and is the son of God and that he came to live on this earth and died and rose again to life for our salvation and sits on the throne at the right hand of God. It does not say in the bible that you have to walk down the aisle in church and say some special words to the pastor and then attend a new Christian class and then be baptized. The bible says salvation starts when you believe in your heart. My interpretation is that when the head knowledge moves to heart knowledge is when your salvation starts.
Now, walking the aisle and speaking the words while asking Jesus to come live in your heart, and going to a class and being baptized are all very very good things to do and to be a part of. They however are not the beginning of salvation. The saying of the salvation words has a place and that is to help us pinpoint a time when the private decision to believe in Jesus was publicly voiced. All good things to do. However, the beginning of salvation was when you decided in your heart to believe on faith that Jesus was and is the son of God.
John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.” KT