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I. The first thing that happens to you is that you are saved from condemnation in hell.
A. Condemnation means to be judged and sentenced to suffering the penalty for
for a crime.
B. The penalty for sin is death and eternal suffering in hell.
C. The moment you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you are saved from condemnation in hell.
D. Here are three verses from the Bible that say so.
1. (Mark 16:15 NKJV) 15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
a. Believers are saved from condemnation, but unbelievers will be condemned.
b. Baptism shows that you believe. It is an outward sign of your faith.
2. (John 3:16, 17 NKJV) 16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
a. Never forget that God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for your sins so that you could be saved from perishing in hell.
b. Because you believe in Him you will not perish, but you have everlasting life.
c. God did not send Jesus to condemn us, but to save us. He doesn’t want us to be condemned to perish in hell.
3. (John 3:18 NKJV) 18“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
a. If you believe in Jesus you will not be condemned.
b. People who do not believe in Jesus will be condemned, but God wants them to be saved.
c. That is why we should tell people about Jesus…so they can receive Him into their hearts and be saved.
Five Things that Happen to You When You Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior 2
I. The second thing that happens to you is that your spirit is born again.
A. (1 John 5:1 NKJV) 1Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
B. The moment you believe that Jesus is the Christ, you are born of God.
C. What does it mean to be born of God?
D. The Bible tells us that before we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, our spirits were dead in trespasses and sins. (Eph. 2:1 NKJV) 1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
E. That means that because of sin, our human spirits were separated from God’s life, nature, and fellowship.
F. We were actually children of the devil spiritually. (Eph. 2:1-3NKJV) 1And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
G. The prince of the power of the air is the devil. He is the spirit who was working in us through our sinful natures before we received Jesus.
H. But thank God, when we received Jesus as Lord and Savior God made our spirits alive. This is called being born again or the new birth.
I. Jesus spoke of this in (John 3:3 NKJV) 3Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
J. Now that you are born again you have entered the kingdom of God and you can begin to perceive the realities of His Kingdom. You can begin to fellowship with God the Father.
K. Let me leave you with a promise to meditate on. (John 1:12, 13 NKJV) 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
L. Because you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior and believed on His Name you are now a child of God. You have been born of God spiritually. You are reconnected to God spiritually. Now He has become your Heavenly Father.
I. The moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you receive the forgiveness of your sins.
A. (1 John 2:12 NKJV) 12I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
B. If you are in Christ, then your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake…that is, on the authority of Jesus’ Name.
C. This is because forgiveness of sins is authorized to everyone who believes in Jesus. (Acts 10:43 NKJV) 43To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
D. When you received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and were made alive spiritually, you were also forgiven all of your trespasses. (Col. 2:13 NKJV) 13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
II. Five things that take place when you receive the forgiveness of your sins.
A. God ceases to remember your sins. He simply forgets them and does not remember them against you anymore.
1. (Heb. 10:16, 17 NKJV) 16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
2. One of the blessings of the New Covenant that God has made with us is that He does not remember our sins anymore.
B. God no longer associates you with your sins.
1. (Psalm 103:10-12 NKJV) 10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
2. God has so disassociated you from your sin that He does not even reckon sin to your account. This should make us very happy!
C. God makes you just as if you had never sinned in His eyes.
1. (Col. 1:21, 22 NKJV) 21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
2. You see, you have been justified…declared not guilty of sin and given a right standing with God…through your faith in Jesus.
3. You are now made “just as if I’d” never sinned. …holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight…
D. You are now free from future judgment for sin.
1. (John 5:24 NKJV) 24“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
E. You can receive continual cleansing from sin if you sin after you are saved. (1 John 1:9 NKJV) 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I. The moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you receive the gift of eternal life.
A. Eternal life means two things:
1. First, it means that you receive a life that will continue with God throughout all eternity.
2. Second, it means that you receive a new quality of life. Eternal life is the same kind of life that God Himself possesses. He now shares His life with you. (John 10:10 NKJV) 10“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
II. Four verses that promise eternal life to those who believe in Jesus.
A. (John 3:16 NKJV) 16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
B. (Rom. 6:23 NKJV) 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
C. (John 5:24 NKJV) 24“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
D. (1 John 5:11-13NKJV) 11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.