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The Benefits of Salvation

Although we cannot properly set forth and describe all the benefits of salvation in a booklet, it is helpful for us to review a few of them. First, the Christian is regenerated. The Bible teaches us that all people are born spiritually dead and unwilling to respond to God in love and obedience (Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:1). Those who believe in Christ, however, have been regenerated (Titus 3:5), or made spiritually alive (Ephesians 2:5), so that they might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). The believer is a new creation with a new heart that delights in God and desires to please Him (Ezekiel 36:26–27; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:3). This is the true meaning of the phrase “born again” (John 3:3; see also John 3:5; 1 John 5:1). We have not just changed our minds—God has changed our very natures!

Second, the Christian is justified before God (Romans 5:1). This means that not only are we forgiven of all our past, present, and future sins but also that the perfectly righteous life of Christ is imputed to us, or credited to our account. Although we will still struggle with sin and frequent failures, God has legally declared us to be right with Him, and He treats us that way (Romans 8:33–34; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Third, the Christian has been adopted. God is the Creator, sovereign, and judge of all humanity. To us who believe, however, He is also our Father (Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5). Through faith in Christ, we have been adopted into God’s family and enjoy all the privileges of son-ship (John 1:12). Though it may seem too wonderful to be true, God loves us as He loves His own Son (John 17:23) and gives us His Spirit as a pledge of our future inheritance (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:13–14).

Fourth, the Christian is indwelt with the Spirit of God. We do not walk through this world alone; Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us (John 14:16–17). The Spirit testifies of Christ, teaches, leads, helps, convicts, and serves as a pledge for the fullness of God that awaits the believer in heaven (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7–8; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:14; 1 John 2:27). Through the person of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ continues to be our Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).

Fifth, the Christian has been given eternal life. It is important to understand that eternal life began for us the moment we believed in Jesus Christ (John 5:24). Eternal life is more than a quantity of life (life without end); it is also a quality of life (life in fellowship with God). Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

Sixth, the Christian is God’s workmanship. One of the greatest evidences that God has justified us is that He continues to sanctify us—that is, He works in our lives to make us holy. The Bible teaches us that God is directing all things in our lives, even His discipline, so that we will be conformed to the image of Christ and do the good works that He prepared beforehand for us to do (Romans 8:28–29; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 12:5–11). What a privilege to know that God will be relentless in working for our transformation. The apostle Paul wrote that he was “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Finally, the Christian will be glorified. Our great and certain hope is that because Christ has risen, we also will be raised from the dead and glorified when Christ returns (Romans 8:11, 17, 29–30). Our mortal bodies will be transformed into conformity to Christ’s glorious body and will no longer be subject to sin, death, or corruption (1 Corinthians 15:53–54; Philippians 3:20–21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17).

We will for-ever be with the Lord in a new heaven and a new earth in which only righteousness dwells (John 14:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1–4, 22–27).

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