What Is Salvation History?

salvation-history Credit: Godong/Robert Harding World Imagery/Getty Images

In the Christian faith, salvation history is the narrative of events depicted in the Bible revealing God's intention to give his followers eternal life. Examples of salvation history occur in the Old Testament, which was written around the 6th century B.C. In one story, God restores his people to their land through the defeat of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.

In the New Testament, the 13 letters written by Paul the Apostle taught believers that they lived in a time between Jesus Christ's death and the coming return of Christ. Paul contrasted Christ's faithfulness and sacrifice with the disobedience of Adam.

Additional biblical events illustrating God's plan for salvation include the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses, the entry of the Israelites into the Promised Land, the rule of King David, and the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian doctrine, salvation history ends with the time when Christ returns to Earth.

Salvation in Christian doctrine refers to being liberated from sin by divine intervention through accepting Christ as the lord and savior. Christians believe that the consequences of not accepting Christ as the savior are judgment, spiritual death and an eternity spent away from God.