Follow-up MEMORY VERSE:
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
You have experienced the greatest miracle God has ever performed and the greatest event
that will ever take place in your life - Salvation Through Christ. This was an
instantaneous act that took place at the moment you received Christ as Savior. You need
never receive Him again, for it is an once -for-all transaction. The completion of this
transaction brought to you a wonderful gift - eternal life which is a wonderful
knowledge to possess.
Perhaps you have already sensed too a change that is taking place in your life. You
have new desires, convictions etc., and look at life and people in a new light. Everything
is different. This is due to your new life in Christ.
What things led up to this change in my life and what other changes, if any, took place
at the moment I received Christ?
created man perfect, and while man was in this state he was in perfect fellowship with
God. But when Adam and Eve fell into sin because of their disobedience, this fellowship
was broken and sin became a part of the human race, (Romans 5). Since that time, sin has
been passed down from generation to generation. (Romans 5:19). Mankind has been dead in
sin ever since and separated from the spiritual life, (Eph. 2:1,4,5).
Thus we were
without hope and doomed to be separated from God forever in torment, (Romans 5:8). God the
Son , the Lord Jesus Christ, came to earth and after 33 years on this earth He went to the
cross where He took our sins upon Himself, thereby removing the "wall" that
separated us from God, (2 Corinthians 5:21;
we acknowledge this fact that we were and are sinners, and could and can not save
ourselves, and ask Jesus Christ to be our personal Savior. Then at that moment we become a
member of Gods family and a new creation in Christ, (John 1:12,
John 5:12,13). Jesus Christ rose from the dead to give new and abundant life to all who
has received Him.
Now that we have seen some of the background that led up to your salvation, lets
take a look at some of the things that transpired at the moment you received Jesus Christ.
In addition to becoming a member of Gods family, which we have just discussed, you
also passed from death unto life, (John 5:24)
of our sins, past, present and future, is also part of the transaction, (Col. 1:14,Eph.
4:32b). All that has been done before this point in your life has been forgiven. All
recent sin and all sins you will commit were paid for in Christs sacrifice
"once for all" (Psalm 103:1-14,
Rom. 4:7,8). There are no sins which can not be
The Holy Spirit came to dwell in your Body, (1 Cor. 6:19). Can you comprehend this
great truth-that God, the Holy Spirit, actually lives with in you?
What a glorious fact! Back in the Old Testament He dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the
Tabernacle and Temple, But today He dwells within our body. In one of our later lessons we
will be studying more about the Holy Spirit and the part He plays in our life.
became a member of the one true church - the Body of Christ, (Eph.
2:14-16, 1 Cor. 12:27,
Col. 1:18a). This is composed of all the children of God, living and dead who are saved
during this present
dispensation of Grace or Equality,
Ephesians 3:2. Acceptance of Christ
as Savior is the absolute requirement for entrance into it. There is no distinction in
nationality, color, sex, etc., in the Body of Christ, we are all considered as unique
members of the "new creation" mentioned in,
2 Cor. 5:17.
church, the Body of Christ, was never made known, i.e., it was a secret until God revealed
it to the Apostle Paul, (Rom. 16:25,
Eph. 3:1-6). To him was given the commandments, by
God for the church today, the Body of Christ, so that we find our particular instructions
for our walk with Christ in the Pauline Epistles or books (found in the Bible). Paul was
instructed by the Holy Spirit to write. He wrote the words of God for todays
then, are the blessings that have come to you as a result of your accepting Christ as your
personal savior. As you begin your new life in Christ, may you comprehend these wonderful
truths and through living in close fellowship with the Lord experience the peace and joy
that can only come from such a relationship