If you have turned from sin and in sincere faith received Jesus Christ as Savior you are a Christian.  This opens up the door to all the exciting opportunities of the Christian life.


You have been born into God's family by the Holy Spirit.  This means that God is YOUR FATHER,  Jesus Christ is YOUR BROTHER, and the Holy Spirit is YOUR GUIDE.  It also means that every other Christian is Your brother and sister---both those on earth and those who have gone to heaven.  You are a member of the family of God!


The Bible teaches:
1.  You were spiritually dead. 
     "And you He made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins."  Ephesians 2:1. 

You were under condemnation (sentenced to Hell for your sins).  "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."  John 3:18.

3.  You were spiritually blind.  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."   1st Corinthians 2:14.  "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them"  2nd Corinthians 4:3, 4.

4.  You were a servant of sin.  "Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin."  John 8:34.  (See also Romans 6:16, 17).

5.  You were under the wrath of God.  "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life;  and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."  John 3:36.

6.  You were bound for the Lake of Fire. 
"Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."  Revelation 20:14, 15. 

You can rejoice that since you have received Christ, you have been forever delivered from the awful curse of eternal punishment.


The Bible teaches:
1.  That for Christ's sake, God has forgiven you all your sins.  "Therefore, let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man (Jesus) is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;"  Acts 13:38.  "In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."  Colossians 1:14
2.  You are justified (declared righteous) before God.  "And by Him (Jesus) everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses."  Acts 13:39.  "But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."  Romans 4:5. 

3.  You are born into God's family by the Holy Spirit, "But as many as received Him (Jesus) to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."  John 1:12, 13.  "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'   Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?'  Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"  John 3:3-7.

4.  You now possess eternal life.  "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..."  1st John 5:12, 13. 

5.  You are a new creation.  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  old things have passed away;  behold, all things have become new."  2nd Corinthians 5:17.

6.  You are a member of Christ's body.  "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body---whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free---and have all been made to drink into one Spirit."  1st Corinthians 12:12, 13.

7.  You have been reconciled to God.  "  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."  Romans 5:10.  "

All this does not mean the battle is over.  It is really just the beginning.  A fish encounters no real difficulty until it begins to swim against the stream.  As a Christian you are now swimming against the current of Satan, the world and your own fleshly nature.  God will help you, however, and you can rejoice in these wonderful promises:  "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."  1st John 4:4. 

Copyright 2004 Thomas E Berry
Scripture quotations from NKJV unless otherwise noted


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