God’s gracious provision for delivering sinners from the penalty and the power of sin, and for restoring them to their original state of perfection. The release of the sinner from condemnation is called justification; the process of character transformation is called sanctification; the restoration of immortality is called glorification. The plan of salvation was conceived in eternity past, and became operative when the first humans sinned and fell from their original state. The conditions of salvation have been the same throughout human history. The OT sacrificial system pointed forward to the cross, the focal point and keystone of the plan of salvation, and was made effective by the perfect life, vicarious death, and glorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Salvatio...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.