SOUL EDITION March 29th, 2009
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You trust Christ & experience ____________ “...if anyone is in Christ…” When you trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, God responds by converting you from an alienated human being to His child. Galatians 3:26 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus”
Significant _____________ ___________ (II Cor. 5:17)
You’re the same on the outside, but many spiritual changes occur when a person becomes a Christian. They are intangible, yet real. Some are instant; some are in the future. Over 30 changes have been identified in the Bible. (To see a few of them, look on the back of this paper)
Change in _______________
When this happens to you...when all of these profound changes take place in your life, they cannot fail to influence the way you look at life! I Cor. 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”
Changes in ___________ Perspective determines attitude. “But
whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. ...I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Phil. 3: 7, 8
Changes in ____________ You are converted; as a result, powerful
spiritual changes occur in your life, and it changes your perspective, which in turn changes your attitudes & values, which then revolutionize the way you think, act, talk, and live. In this way, you are “...a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Your sins are forgiven - Ephesians 1:7 You are redeemed (bought back) Eph. 1:7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins…
You are placed “in Christ” before God Eph. 1:13a - And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
You are spiri tually reborn, i.e., brought back to life John 3:6. 7 - Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
You are adopted as a child of God Eph 1:5 He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will
Your eternal destiny is changed instantly & forever Phil 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
The Spirit of God comes in to your life I Cor. 6:19 - ...your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit… You are sealed (preserved) by the Holy Spiri t Eph. 1:13b, 14a - “Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance…”
You instantly gain eternal life - 1 John 5:11-12 - And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
God begins an ongoing process to change you (sanctification) Acts 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.