Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:3 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:9 (KJV)
Our Great Salvation - Gloria Copeland
“Are you saved?"
Ask a believer that question and he'll answer with a quick, “Yes!" But ask him if he knows exactly what he's been saved from and you may run into some confusion.
Most of us realize that we've been saved from spiritual death, snatched from a hell-bound train. We know our salvation has changed our final destination. But what many of us don't realize is that we don't have to simply sit around until then, spiritual suitcases in hand, waiting to die and go to glory.
God intended for us to begin our trip to heaven the moment we were born again. And sin should be the first territory we leave behind. That's because God has given us His very own righteousness and authority. It is part of our great salvation.
Christians are discovering that we have authority in the Name of Jesus to resist sickness, disease, poverty, demons and fear. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But before we can effectively resist the devil, we must first submit to God and obey Him.
Dead to Sin
Jesus has already paid the price to free us from the dominion of sin. When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He was raised from the dead and confess Him as Lord, we are saved according to Romans 10:9-10.
Colossians 1:13 tells us that at the moment of our salvation, we are delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son. This is not something that happens when we die. We live in that Kingdom now.
When you are born again, the old sin nature that used to be on the inside of you dies. A new nature created in righteousness and true holiness is born. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The very life of God Himself is the substance of that new man. Righteousness—being in right-standing with God—not sin, is now your nature. That righteousness is imparted to you by the Holy Spirit through the new birth.
Your spirit is instantly changed when you are born again, but your mind and your body are not. It's your responsibility to fulfill the righteousness that is imparted to you. You do this by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2)—this change of thinking reveals to us what God says in His Word. It transforms our entire lives as we believe and obey. It enables us to walk out the will of God and walk in His BLESSING.
You see, Romans 6:6 says it's in knowing this that we will no longer serve sin. Our spirit is already dead to sin and re-created in righteousness. That inner righteousness becomes outwardly apparent when you renew your mind to this fact and act accordingly.
The moment you are born again, sin loses its hold on you. Just as death lost its dominion over Jesus when He was raised from the dead, so sin loses its dominion over you.
No sin is so powerful that it can dominate the person who knows he is dead to sin. Drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual sins, evil habits—all lose their power to control those who consider themselves dead to sin.
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (Romans 6:11-13).
Alive to God
It's not enough to consider yourself dead to sin. You must reckon yourself alive to God. That means when sin calls, you don't answer. You answer when God calls! You are motivated by the new man on the inside of you, not by the old man that you once were!
You can have so much of the life of God flowing out of you that when you walk into a place, the demons there shudder and tremble in fear at your very presence! That's what the Bible says about Jesus. It says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
One translation says Jesus went about healing those who were overpowered by the devil. You are not overpowered by the devil! You have power over the devil.
But if you get your attention on other things, you will let the Word slip and sin will dominate you. Hebrews 2:1, 3 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”
The Word in your heart causes you to walk after God instead of after the world. We've got to give the more earnest heed to the things we learn in the Word of God and not let them slip.
We cannot escape sin and the effects of sin if we neglect the great salvation the blood of Jesus has provided us. Sin and its consequences will continue to have dominion over us. But if we will continue with the Lord, our great salvation will bring us into a state of soundness—spirit, soul and body!
And God wants you to walk in the fullness of your salvation. He wants you to be whole and sound in every area of your life. But you cannot enjoy that salvation now without renewing your mind to the fact that you are dead to sin. And deliverance from sin is the very beginning of our great salvation.
Know-So Salvation - Kenneth E. Hagin
"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit" (1 John 4:12-13).
I was born again as a teenager on the bed of sickness on April 22, 1933. Since that day, the thought has never occurred to me that I might not be saved.
Even as a young Christian, I would run into people who would say, "You're not saved, because you don't belong to our church." Or those who would argue, "You're not saved, because you haven't been baptized our way." And many others.
But none of it disturbed me. I laughed at it - because I had the inward witness.
Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." And I had the love: "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love…" (1 John 3:14).
I had the witness, and I had the love. That's why I never doubted my salvation. I walked in love to the best of my ability, and I enjoyed the witness of God's Spirit on the inside.
Confession: I have the witness. The Spirit Himself bears witness with my spirit that I am the child of God. I have the love. I know that I have passed from death unto life. God dwells in me. His love is perfected in me. I know I dwell in Him, and He dwells in me, because He has given me of His Spirit
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