New Life in Jesus Christ
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
To what extent are our lives renewed after we had accepted Jesus as our personal God and Saviour? Here are the 10 new privileges that are added to us:
a. 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."John 3:16
As this is the reason why we accepted Jesus, we should never doubt it. The salvation we have received will give us eternal life after our lives here on Earth.
b.We Have The Holy Spirit
As I have said in the last topic, after receiving salvation, the Holy Spirit get to freely move in your life. The moving of the Holy Spirit is the witness of salvation.
c. Our sins are forgiven
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness"1 John 1:9
We have been allowed to repent for our sins and make a u turn. The expression 'u turn' means turning to God without living any trace that may be a lead to how you could make it back to your old life. You have been freed from your sins. Always thank the Lord for the mercy that He has given us.
d. We have been granted the right to be called the children of God
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God"John 1:12
Not all people can be called children of God. Only those who have accepted Him as their personal Lord, Savior and Father are called His children. Wouldn't a father be so dismayed to have a child who never for once listened to him. The same goes for our Father in heaven. He never acknowledges anyone who goes against His will as His children.
e. Heaven is now your residency
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,"Phil 3:20
You're residence is now in Heaven and not anymore in this World. You should now turn your back from the earthly customs that you used to be doing. Also, the angels of God already prepared your residing place in heaven. Do not put that in waste. Stay strong until the Lord comes and put you to where you belong.
f. Your name has been recorded in the book of life
"However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."Luke 10:20
The book of life has all the names of those who will be going to heaven. The moment you have received salvation, God have had your name written in it. Never lose this privilege.
g. God's grace is on your side
"and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them."Eph 2:18
"Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life."Phil 4:13
Who else can you ask for to be in your side if the king of kings and lord of lords is already with you. If our God strengthens us, truly we can do anything beyond our capabilities and imagination.
h. You can say: "I am a friend of God!"
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you"John 15:15
God now treat you as His friend. And as friend, you should always be close to each other . You should entrust to the Lord all your secrets and pain. In exchange, God will give you his comfort,guiding love and advice.
i. You are dwelt by Christ
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."Revelations 3:20
God is now with you in everything you do. You must not become a shame to God's name for He is dwelling in you. If you do this, all things shall be in favor of you.
j. You are now an heir of God
Wouldn't it be fantastic if the God who owns everything in this world will make you His heir. How rich you will be. There is just one thing that God wants you to learn before He entrust you this. Stewardship. We will later discuss of Stewardship.
j. You are reconciled with God
"For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!"Romans 5:10
Truly you have fixed your relationship with God.
Isn't it overwhelming? It seems to be but each of this is His promise to us. Anything that He promise is always fulfilled. Such great privileges is endowed to Christian by God. But to continue enjoying this privileges, you must grow in accordance with the will of the Lord. The next topics start the course in achieving spiritual maturity towards God. While in the course, remember these great privileges that we now have to have some source of strength. Also, never hesitate in asking the Lord with these privileges in times of problems. That ends this discussion and I hope you continue this series. Godbless!