SALVATION ....And the benefits of being Born Again



 Wonderful benefits of a born again Christian!


Introduction
Salvation is one experience that is difficult to explain to others.  Salvation consists of a spiritual transformation from death to life.  It is a feeling of inner joy that is unspeakable running through a new convert and the assurance of God's presence and help.  When Joseph was in Pontipher's house and in other places and God was with Him to prosper whatever he laid his hands to do.  People knew that God was with him, but they could not see his God that was with him.

This simply explains salvation and its feeling. You know that God is with you and you are excited from the inside of you.  if you have considered the benefits you have in salvation or, how you would  explain your experience to others you hope to win to Christ. It is also a spiritual state of purity that motivates people to share their joy with friends.

Born Again
Being born again is an event that takes place in every true Christian’s life at some point. It does not mean a physical rebirth, rather a spiritual experience when a person receives the Lord Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

When a person is born again, he is a new baby in the spirit with a new heart - regenerated heart according to the word of God.  So, the new man repented of his sins and put his trust on the Lord Jesus Christ, is born again.  Being born again is accepting that you were born into iniquity and on the wrong side of things with God.  

You have come to the realization of this fact and you are willing to change your ways from worldliness to the dictates of the word of God.  You are ready to  “put off” your previous way of living and thinking, living according to the lust to sin in your flesh. You are born anew into a life with Christ; you become a new creation that is Spiritual and eternal.  When the spiritual state is complete, you become a new person and the bible says “Therefore, if anyone be in Christ...

Why do I need to be born again?
Before being born again, you are led by your own desires and taste, which may not necessarily be in line with the word of God as the desires of the flesh do not lead to the life of Christ. 

There is worldly and kingdom ways of doing things. To be born again is to deliberately decide to live according the word of God and to please God. Salvation is saying to the unbelievers "Come as you are"

    The Holy Ghost does the transformation

Only a willing person that has decided to turn away from wickedness to godliness can receive the forgiveness of sin and the gift of a new Spirit. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23.  It is an individual decision to amend the ways of doing things.

New Relationship with God
Salvation is the beginning of a new relationship through Jesus Christ.  A relation of love sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Many fundamental changes occur when God saves a sinner, which may not be seen immediately because they are spiritual matters.

This is the time when a person surrenders his sinful desires and eventually come to an end of their own strength. The result is the leading of the Spirit and  resting on the power of the Holy Ghost   What was impossible becomes possible and you can experience victory over sin as well.  The new convert allows the Spirit to expose his weaknesses and other things that need to be changed in his life and those things are fixed.  The new convert is being transformed into a new person and continues until a new person emerge.

Wondering what the benefits are?
Have you ever wondered what you stand to gain if you give your heart to Jesus Christ now, I mean if you were you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior of your life. May be you are a new convert, who wants to share the good news of the gospel with your friends with a view of winning them to Christ and you are wondering how to explain the benefits of being born again to them.  

Here, in this post, we are going to look into  the different benefits that come with your new faith in Christ.  To be born again is to be delivered from sin and its consequence (eternal death) and to be ushered into God’s Kingdom to enjoy eternal life; through simple faith in Jesus. 

It’s as simple as accepting that as a sinner you can not please a Holy God thus need help to do have a relationship with Him. That Jesus died in your place, paid for your sins and made it possible for you (imperfect man) to relate with a perfect God. That your new relationship is depends entirely on Jesus’ finished work at the cross and nothing else…not even your good deeds or failures.

Benefits of being born again

1. New Creature
In salvation, you have a new Spirit, the Spirit of God given to all that receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. The promises of God are all available and you can draw them down by faith.  Your heart will begin to desire godliness and things of God.  Your heart is in tune with your new status. Your sins  have been forgiven and that you have eternal life - 1 John 5:13.

2. God’s Unconditional Love
The power of heaven is at your calling, when you are in need.  It doesn’t matter what situation you are in now, you can be assured of God's love for you. Your repentance and receiving the Lord is your key to all the resources of heaven.  You are called his own and everything the Lord has is yours.  You are in the family of God for ever.

3. Enjoy your New Life in Christ
You might not see this, but it is true that you are a new creation and have a new life is in Christ. Like a newborn baby, you will have to grow and learn a lot about this new life though.  My dear, you have a relationship that will continue the rest of your life (2 Corinthians 5:17).

4. Your prayers will be heard
Unlike when you were a nonbeliever, you can now talk to God as your heavenly Father and He would answer and bless you.  The bible say we should pray and ask what we need from the Almighty God and if we have faith, the answers will come.

It is also interesting to note that you can talk to your heavenly father on virtually every topic and there is no restrictions.

5. Companion of the Word
The bible, which is God's word will guard you and the Holy Spirit will give you illumination as necessary. Just like you would expect a manual for every gadget you buy, God has availed to the His manual i.e. the Bible. It is the answer to all the questions of life with examples and illustrations.  There is teachings, law and instructions of God for our daily living.

6. You have a friend in Jesus
The Lord Jesus is available to help you whenever you need His help.  He cannot fail or disappoint you, so you can trust the Lord as a dependable Helper of destiny to keep you in faith till He comes back to take the Saints away.  People who keep many friends can tell how many of those friends are reliable and trustworthy, but Jesus is Lord and His word cannot fall to the ground.

7. You have the Holy Ghost
You have the the Holy Ghost dwelling in the inside of you, to help you adjust and amend your ways in accordance with the Word of God.Your body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is God.  Because of this sacred  privilege, the child of God should always be careful about what he says and does.

8. Resist Temptation
Vulnerability to temptation has kept many from accepting Jesus. The good news is that once you are born again, you have the power to resist temptations and any form of deception. This does not mean you would not be tempted again, NO!  You will still face temptation as everyone living, but the Spirit of God inside of you will help you to say NO to sin and all the wrong alternatives the devil give people.

9. Forgiveness of sin
If and when you fall into sin, you are expected to repent and ask for forgiveness from the Lord  and the Lord would forgive you. As mentioned before, you may still mess up even though you are a believer. However, God’s love is available to grant you forgiveness whenever you fall into sin and repent.  The Lord will forgive you as long as you own up. (1 John 1.9).

10. You are Heir
You have a new status, the heir apparent and joint heirs with Christ. You may be poor, but your heavenly Father is rich and so, you are rich.  You are transformed from the poorest person on the face of the earth to the riches, pretty wealthy guy.  How does that happen?  Well God is the Creator of the universe and He owns all things.  God’s children are promised that they will one reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over all the earth.  Remember, God owns all things and that includes not just the earth but the entire universe.  At that point the believer will possess all things with Christ.  

11. You enjoy fellowship with other believers
Being born again connects you to millions of believers across the world. You can worship with them, get encouraged and study the Bible together. In some fellowships, new believers are taught how to memorize scriptures (Ephesians 6:17) and how to witness (Romans 1:16). Bottom line, you will realize you long term salvation goal i.e. to be like Christ (Philippians 1:6).

New Spirit
You received new spirit and your desires will also change.  You will become more patient and willing to help others as a way of life.  You have new desires, new ambitions, a new hatred of sin, a new Father, a new home, a new fruit and a new love for God and fellow believers.  God’s purpose for every one  of His children is that they become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ by daily studying the Bible, memorizing Scripture and obeying and living by the word.

Divine Protection
A believer can be sure of divine protection.  There was the case of a new convert preaching in the Bus one day.  He started preaching before he noticed that some armed men were in the bus.  He continued to preach the gospel and they were shouting that he should keep quite.  

He continued preaching and the armed men were angry and they tried to shoot him, but the gun did not go out.  It was when they hit him with the gun that he knew what they had done.  He was under divine protection and even the gun could not harm him.

FIRE...



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