AFTER SALVATION, WHAT?
††††††††††† At the moment you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you receive the gift of righteousness imputed to you from Jesus Christ, who was judged for your sins as your substitute on the Cross.
††††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
††††††††††† Faith alone in Christ alone was the most important decision of your life.†† From that instant you have eternal life and share the destiny of Jesus Christ.
††††††††††††††††††††††† John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
††††††††††† Heaven is a guarantee to every believer.†
††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 Peter 1:4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
But the quality and impact of the believerís life on earth depend on his execution of Godís plan after salvation.
††††††††††† What is Godís plan for you following your personal faith in Christ?†† Learn and apply Bible doctrine and advance to spiritual maturity.† The Bible reveals Godís person and plan.† Bible doctrine is the content of the Word of God and is called the ďmind of Christ.Ē †††
††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Doctrine communicates absolute truth and is designed to become the measure of your thinking and the source of your mental attitude.
††††††††††† When you learn who and what Christ is you begin to share His thinking.† God commands you to think divine viewpoint so His gracious purpose can be fulfilled in your life.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
††††††††††† Godís purpose for you after salvation calls for spiritual growth.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ,
††††††††††††††††††††††† † 2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
††††††††††† You are kept alive on earth to fulfill your personal destiny by becoming a mature believer as an expression of Godís glory in both time and eternity.† Only as a mature believer can you consistently glorify God by receiving the highest and best that He has prepared for you.
††††††††††††††††††††††† † John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
††††††††††††††††††††††† † James 1:21-25 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your lives. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.
††††††††††††††††††††††† †3 John 1:2-4 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
††††††††††† You advance spiritually by consistently learning, thinking, and applying Bible doctrine.† Your persistent intake and application of doctrine enlarge your capacity for life, for love, for Christian service, for blessings, for happiness.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Jude 1:24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.