WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO BE SAVED?

⁃ Before I begin talking about what it means to be saved, I need to first emphasize that that no one can save himself by human effort & do you know why this is so?

It’s because of what Ephesians 2:1-2 tells us, that anyone who is not saved is dead. Dead as in, there is no life in you and so a dead person cannot save themselves. They cannot even move. They cannot speak to God, they are completely cut off from God. Before someone gets saved, they need to have a realization of how dead they are. We aren’t good people who need Jesus Christ to come and help us be a little better, no sir. We are people who were spiritual corpses, cut off from the very life of God, living in spiritual darkness.

⁃ I remember that for years before I got saved, I always felt cut off from God. That’s the only way I can explain it. I would pray but I somehow knew my prayers were not going beyond the roof of the room I slept and prayed in. I would cry and bang the bed with my fist and say, “please! Please! Answer me!” but I knew deep down that my prayers were just hitting the roof and not getting past them. I felt miserable and weighed down. I slid into depression. I was under God’s just condemnation and wrath – “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NKJV)

⁃ I needed the Holy Spirit to convict (or convince) me of my sin and of God’s righteousness and just judgment. And this is where we encounter the amazing mercy of God! 😃 Even the conviction in my hearts was and is brought on by the mercy of God. Who was I?

“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—” (Revelation 3:17 NKJV)

For farrrrrr too long, we’ve been sold a lie. That Jesus Christ came to give us all the things we like but no. Jesus Christ came first and foremost to save you from death. To save you from the wrath and judgement of God. We’re told that we’re good people but we’re not. We’re sinners in need of a savior and it is not until we accept this FACT that we can genuinely be saved.

⁃ This is because it is only a person who knows and accepts that he/she is sick that will agree to be taken to a physician. If you think you’re so good, then you don’t need saving and you will remain in the darkness, dead to God and dead in your sin.

⁃ It was when I finally realized how wretched and unclean I was, when I finally realized how desperately I needed to be saved from myself that I flung myself to my knees and cried to God. I knelt by my bed and I said, “God I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry for going over to that boy’s house and making out with him and I’m so sorry for all the sins I’ve committed! Please forgive me. Please forgive me. I believe that you sent your son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins. Please send your Holy Spirit into my heart in Jesus name, amen”

See, that was when my life changed. What I was doing was what every believer has been instructed to do before they can even call themselves Christians –

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8-10 NKJV)

⁃ Another scripture says, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NKJV)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PERSON IS SAVED?

⁃ Now, what happens after a person is saved? A lot, thank God! 😄

⁃ Now God has imparted new life to us, that life will manifest itself by a life of good works. The root of salvation bears the fruit of a godly life. This is how you KNOW that you’re really saved – when you start to bear the fruit of a godly life. You’ll start to notice your desires and thoughts changing. You’ll start to love the things that God loves and hate the things that He hates.

⁃ Anyone who claims to be saved but loves his/her sin is a liar and the truth is not in that person. Jesus Christ never asked us to look at Spiritual gifts as evidence that someone is a follower of Christ but rather He said that, “it is by their fruit you shall know them” (Matthew 7:16-20)

⁃ I noticed after I got saved that I no longer felt cut off from God. Instead, He felt close to me and ACCESSIBLE! I noticed I started to sing a lot, all the time and when I’d sing music that glorified God, it brought me such joy that I cannot describe. I also noticed that when I did sin by either telling lies or being mean, unkind, by gossiping or running my mouth, by thinking wicked things in my heart, and so on, I felt so grieved. Not sad. Grieved. I felt terrible, as if someone had died. It made me hate sin. I wanted to be as far away from it as possible. This desire drove me to study my Bible to see for myself how to do that. I started to practice the things I was reading in my Bible and I regularly would invite Holy Spirit to help me and slowly but surely, I continued to change.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NKJV)

⁃ Everyday more like Christ and less like dead Ezinne. Even now, I am still being changed.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

It was purely through faith (because I believed that Jesus Christ had died for me) that the power of His death and resurrection began to work in my life. You must have this understanding because if you do not, how can you believe? How can you believe what you don’t understand?

WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO AFTER GETTING SAVED?

The answer to this is best summed up in Colossians 3:1-17:

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

⁃ Basically, after you get saved is not really the time to run off and start trying to do things for God. Calm down first and let the Holy Spirit work in you. Let Him kill your old man and teach you how to walk daily like Christ because this is a daily dying to yourself.

– Ezinne Zara, Steward for True Christianity