Being Changed

A mistake that is often made is that agreeing with Gospel Truth makes one born again. It usually goes like this: Recognize and confess that you are a sinner, trust Christ as your Savior and that His sacrifice paid the penalty due your sin(s). Presto, you are “saved,” (born again)! The problem is that this is true, except for our being saved. Any heart that is truly reaching out for salvation, God will bring to repentance. Here’s the catch: This repentance leads to life change. It is a gradual transformation from sinner to one who grows in Godliness. Gospel Truth is the means to bring us to repentance, not a substitute for it. No serious change in the life; no change in our status as a sinner. We don’t change to be saved; we change when we are truly saved. How does this work? In simple terms, when the miracle of rebirth is experienced, much follows. First, we are given a “standing” of “perfect” because His perfection is credited to us. That moment initiates a lifetime of being perfected. The Holy Spirit, using the Word of God, works tirelessly to bring our actual “state” (condition) into harmony with our “standing.” He uses many ways to bring Scripture to bear on our lives. Our lives are becoming more and more Godly. We are being disciplined (discipled) by the Bible. This is what Paul was calling for in Romans 12:1-2. One who is truly Christ’s wants this: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, (which is) your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what (is) that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Jack P. Scholfield’s hymn, “Saved, Saved,” tells of the changes that salvation brings: “I’ve found a friend Who is all to me; His love is ever true. I love to tell how He lifted me, and what His grace can do for you. He saves me from ev’ry sin and harm; secures my soul each day. I’m leaning strong on His mighty arm; I know He’ll guide me all the way. When poor and needy and all alone, in love He said to me, “Come unto Me and I’ll lead you home, to live with Me eternally.” Saved by His power divine, Saved to new life sublime! Life now is sweet and my joy is complete. for I’m saved, saved, saved!” Selah! Being set apart to God, while being set apart from sin is powerful evidence of a genuine experience of salvation.    Ron

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2 thoughts on “Being Changed

  1. Romans 5:11
    Not only so, but we also joy in ‘Elohiym through our Yehowshuwa’ Ha Mashiyach ‘Adonai,
    BY WHOM WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE ATONEMENT.
    ATONEMENT = #2643: katallage = “exchange, make different”

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