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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.

What the bible says about Salvation

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 10:9 - Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 7:21 - “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

John 6:44 - No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

John 15:1-27 - “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ...

Acts 16:30-33 - Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

Psalm 37:39 - The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

Psalm 3:8 - Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah

Psalm 62:1 - To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Acts 28:28 - Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”

John 3:16-18 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Jonah 2:9 - But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

Galatians 2:21 - I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Acts 2:38- And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:14 - For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Psalm 60:5 - That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

Titus 3:5 - He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Mark 16:16 - Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Romans 10:9-10 - Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Acts 16:31 - And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

John 3:36 - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Acts 11:18 - When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

John 5:24 - Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 5:8 - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 25:5 - Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 - For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Thessalonians 2:13 - But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

John 3:3 - Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 1:12 - But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Philippians 2:12 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

John 3:16-17 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

James 2:18 - But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 6:37- All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

1 John 5:13 - I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 Peter 3:21 - Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

2 Corinthians 6:2 - For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Romans 10:13 - For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Acts 22:16 - And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’

1 Peter 2:24 - He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

2 Timothy 1:9 - Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

Philippians 1:6 - And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 1:13 - In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

John 11:25-26 - Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Revelation 3:5 - The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

Romans 8:38-39 - For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 3:19 - Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

Hebrews 6:4-6 - For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Matthew 7:13-14 - “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

John 10:9 - I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

Mark 16:15-16 - And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Hebrews 2:3 - How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

Romans 8:37-39 - No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 2:41 - So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 17:30 - The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Titus 2:11 - For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Romans 6:1-2 - What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Matthew 7:21-23 - “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

1 Peter 1:8-9 - Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Psalm 21:5 - His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.

Romans 3:10 - As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

James 1:21 - Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

2 Timothy 3:15 - And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Acts 13:48 - And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

John 10:28 - I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Galatians 3:27 - For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

1 Timothy 4:16 - Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Ephesians 1:4 - Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

1 Corinthians 1:21 - For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

Romans 3:20 - For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Acts 16:30-31 - Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

John 12:35-36 - So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

Isaiah 64:6 - We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 


 Beloved, Jesus is coming back soon.  "Where will you spend eternity - In heaven or hell? This is the time to work-out your salvation.  Now is the acceptable time!

Repent and give your heart to Jesus. He will give you a new life, victory and eternal life.  Will you accept Him today?


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