Steps to Salvation and Living the Life of Being Reborn
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Salvation, three conditions to having our sins forgiven—repentance, confession, and restitution. The results of that original sin by Adam and Eve have been passed along to every succeeding generation, ours included. The inability to meet God’s standard is a part of the carnal nature that has marked every member of the human family since the fall of our first parents. mark it down as the first giant step on the way from earth to heaven: we must have our sins forgiven. Jesus, says: “I will assume your debt, suffer death in your place, and put it all to the credit of your personal account.” That offer stands behind all three of the steps we are considering in the salvation experience. It constitutes the basis of our receiving forgiveness for our sins. Paul describes it very succinctly in these words: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Jesus, says: “I will assume your debt, suffer death in your place, and put it all to the credit of your personal account.” That offer stands behind all three of the steps we are considering in the salvation experience. It constitutes the basis of our receiving forgiveness for our sins.
Repentance literally means to feel a godly sorrow for the wrongs we have committed. Such genuine sorrow is only possible when we fully recognize that our only hope rests in the death of Jesus on the cross in our place. We must clearly distinguish between a worldly sorrow and a genuine godly sorrow. That sorrow is repentance. Those who feel sorrow for the pain their sins caused Jesus to suffer, and by God’s grace they determine to turn away from everything displeasing to Him.
The second condition of forgiveness is called Confession. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). That certainly sounds simple enough. Yet it is on this point that most people stumble and lose their way. The question most commonly asked is this: How do I know I have been forgiven? There is only one correct answer to that question. We know we are forgiven because God said we would be.God’s Word cannot ever fail. Whatever it says will take place. You may not feel forgiven when you ask for it, but the promise is that you are forgiven. So forget about feeling. Believe that it’s done because God said it would be. Thank Him for it and then act like it’s done, because it is. Your faith makes it a fact. What is the real secret behind the confession process? We do not inform God about anything He doesn’t know already. Our confession does not change Him either; it changes us. What will happen immediately following your confession? You will feel as though a great weight has rolled off your shoulders. Tremendous relief will flood your soul.
The third condition to having our sins forgiven is Restitution. This simply means that we make every effort to correct the things we have done wrong. It is never possible to reach into the past and rectify every wrong, every lie, and every dishonest act. In the first place, we can’t even remember all the times we were guilty of those things. Nevertheless, the Spirit probes our consciences and reminds us of the matters that can be made right. Keep in mind, all true righteousness originates with God and resides in us only as long as Christ abides in us through faith.
The New Birth – Reborn
Jesus referred to this dramatic experience as being “born of the Spirit.” The necessity of it was revealed in the urgent words of the Master to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Paul described it in these words. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s Holy Spirit enters the life to replace the surrendered fleshly things with the exact opposite. It is this progressive work of conquering self and constantly submitting the will to Christ which leads us to the third giant step on our heavenly pilgrimage. We call it sanctification. It simply means loving obedience to all of God’s revealed will. The word “loving” distinguishes those acts of obedience from the legalistic forced conformity of those who might be trying to earn salvation by mere law keeping. Complying with God’s law in order to fulfill a legal requirement for salvation is the head approach, but true heart obedience is the spontaneous outflow of a personal love relationship with Christ. When we talk about sanctification here, we are referring solely to the heart approach.
There has been much debate over the way justification and sanctification relate to each other, so let’s clarify it with a few simple observations. We need both of these experiences in order to be ready for heaven. Justification imputes the perfect victory of Jesus to cover our past sins, but sanctification imparts the victorious power of Jesus to
preserve us from committing further sin. We can’t have one without the other. Anyone who exercises true faith is justified. All who are truly justified are converted, or turned into a new creation; and all who have experienced the new birth will walk in obedience out of love. This biblical principle requires that the believer receive the gift of justification before sanctified obedience is possible. Then the conformity to the law is recognized as the result of the born-again connection with the Saviour.
Sin is defined in the Bible as transgression of the law. This means there will be no thieves, murderers, adulterers, etc. in heaven. Dedicate your life to Jesus Christ today by taking these three big steps, Ask for your Sins to be Forgiven, confess your sins publicly accepting your New Birth, and and obey God’s Commandments resulting in the Obedience to God following His Will.
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- Salvation Is A Gift (gospeltimes.wordpress.com)