10 Things You Obtain Immediately upon Believing in Jesus
Whether you’ve received the Lord Jesus five days ago or fifty years ago there is still much more for you to experience and enjoy! By believing in Jesus Christ you’ve obtained an inexhaustible treasure that awaits your discovery and experience.
It’s somewhat like buying a new electronic device.
It’s rightfully yours. But, you might not yet know even half of what it can do. In practice, you might be employing less than ten percent of its capabilities.
It is the same with receiving the Lord Jesus and God’s salvation.
But if you’re satisfied with what you’ve already experienced of Christ and His salvation, you might not be motivated to advance further. In that case this post probably won’t interest you.
…But, if you’re hungry for more experience of Christ and more enjoyment of His salvation, you may want to keep reading and consider whether you’re enjoying all that you’ve obtained by believing in Jesus.
What you obtain immediately upon believing in Jesus
There are at least ten items that a person obtains immediately upon believing in Jesus Christ:
1. “Forgiveness of sins”–Acts 10:43
Acts 10:43 says,
To this One all the prophets testify that through His name everyone who believes into Him will receive forgiveness of sins.
If you’ve believed into Christ, God forgave all your sins. He erased your record of sin before God. In this way He solved your problems with God.
But have you thanked Him for it? Have you applied this accomplished fact to your failures today?
When we confess our sins He promises to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Here is a post to help you apply this point.
Now take a moment to thank the Lord and apply His forgiveness by praying,
“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins, for shedding your redeeming blood for me so that I might be forgiven by God. Lord, I believe that you have fully forgiven me of all my sins. I apply your precious blood right now.”
2. “Washed”–1 Cor. 6:11
Not only does Christ wipe out our record of sin before God, so that we might be forgiven by Him. He also washes us inwardly from the defilement, the trace of sin, we sense within. First Corinthians 6:11 says,
And these things were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
By such an inward washing we are cleansed from the inner contamination of sin. We can daily enjoy such a washing and apply it in the name of Jesus. That is one reason to call on the Lord Jesus. When we call on Him, we sense His inward washing.
3. “Sanctified”–Acts 26:18
Acts 26:18 tells us that we are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. This verse says,
“…that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
After God forgives us and cleanses us, He begins His sanctifying work with us. We begin to enjoy the blessing of being sanctified from the moment we believe in Lord Jesus.
But are we continuing to experience His sanctifying work today? This post will give you a fuller appreciation for sanctification.
Our being sanctified does not stop with a change in our position from a common one to a holy one. It continues with the transformation of our disposition, a life-long process that we will continue to experience for our entire Christian life until we meet the Lord.
4. “Justified”–Gal. 2:16
Galatians 2:16 says,
“…we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ…”
To be justified by God means that He declares us to be righteous. To be justified in such a way is only by our union with Christ. There is no righteousness of our own that could ever earn us God’s approval, but only by our linking faith that joins us to Christ and His perfect redemptive work.
From the moment of our believing in Jesus, we’re joined to Him and God sees us as being as righteous as His Son is. All we can do now is receive this blessing with thanks,
“Lord Jesus, thank you that in You I’m justified by God. God sees me as righteous as You are. In You I can now live a life that God always approves.”
Such a complete justifying is not just an accomplished fact of our salvation but a subjective, daily experience in the life of Christ, in the name of Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:11 above. You may also want to read the footnote on this verse.
As we’re contacting the Lord Jesus by calling on His name, we live a daily life that is approved by God.
5. “Reconciled to God”–Rom. 5:10
Romans 5:10 says,
“For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled.”
By believing in Jesus, we’re not only forgiven of our sins and washed from the stain of sins. But even more, the problem of enmity that existed between us and God has been removed. The Bible refers to this as being reconciled.
We are not only sanctified to God and justified before Him, but at the moment of our believing, we are also reconciled to God and so that we can have sweet fellowship with God.
Now we need to advance in this experience to a further step of reconciliation–not only reconciled to God from sin but from a living in our natural life to a living in oneness with God in our spirit.
For more appreciation of such a deeper experience of reconciliation, I’d recommend you read 2 Corinthians 5:20 with footnote 2 in the Recovery Version.
6. “Begotten…of God”–1 John 5:1
1 John 5:1a says,
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten of God…”
“whoever believes that the man Jesus is the Christ, God incarnate (John 1:1, 14; 20:31), has been begotten of God and has become a child of God (John 1:12-13).
All the forgoing items, in the initial stage, solve the problems between us and God outwardly. However, still we have a further need–God’s life and nature. Without this it is impossible for us to live the normal Christian life.
God’s aim is that we would experience the divine birth. So at the moment of our believing in Jesus, God regenerates our spirit with His life (John 3:6; Rom. 8:10). In this way we are born of God to be children of God–born anew into the kingdom of God (John 1:12-13; 3:5).
7. “Eternal life”; “Passed out of death into life–John 5:24
As an issue of our divine birth through believing in Jesus we have eternal life.
John 5:24 says,
“He who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.”
We need to be clear that the eternal life we receive immediately upon believing in Jesus is the regeneration of our spirit not merely a reservation for a better hereafter. It is a present receiving of the eternal, divine life of God, a life that is for us to experience right now.
When we receive this eternal life, we “pass out of death into life.” Before believing in Jesus, we were dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1). But at the moment of our believing we are delivered out of that realm of death into the realm of this divine, eternal life, making His life our present possession for our present experience.
8. “The Holy Spirit”–Eph. 1:13
From the moment we believe and are regenerated, obtaining the life God, God imparts His Holy Spirit into our spirit to dwell in us. He seals us with His Spirit, making us His possession.
Ephesians 1:13 says,
In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise.
His Spirit enters into our spirit witnessing with our spirit that we are genuine children of God who have been born of God (Rom. 8:16). It is this union of His spirit with our spirit that is the secret of our enjoyment of God’s salvation every day until we meet the Lord.
9. “Freedom”–Gal. 5:1
Galatians 5:1 says,
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not be entangled with a yoke of slavery again.
Before we were saved we were held by the law with all its righteous demands on us. But from the moment of our believing in Jesus we are freed from its slavery.
Christ redemption answers all the God’s righteous claims on us so that now we can serve God in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter (Rom. 7:6).
We should not go back to the law to try to keep its demands by our self effort.
Romans 8:4 gives us good news,
That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
What a release! By walking according to the Spirit who is now one with our spirit, we spontaneously fulfill all the righteous requirements of God’s law.
10. “Saved”–Eph. 2:8
Ephesians 2:8 says,
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Our believing in Jesus brought us into God’s full salvation. We receive everything of God’s salvation from the moment we believe, and our completely saved.
Yet, obtaining is one thing, but experiencing and enjoying it is something further. We need to realize all that this salvation includes–a broad spectrum of things.
What we have considered above are the things that are given to us by God at the time of our salvation. We do not need to gain anything more after believing, but we do need to experience more and enjoy more of all the riches of the salvation we have gained from God. Let’s pray,
“Lord Jesus, thank you for your full and complete salvation given to us from the moment we believe in You. Lord, grant us more hunger and thirst for You so that we would daily experience, enjoy and apply all that You have given to us from the moment we believed into You. Lord Jesus we love You.”
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