The Gift of Salvation: Sanctified Living
Through seven divine works of God, guilty sinners are made ready for dwelling in the Presence of God forever; and their bodies formerly slaves to sin instantly become the very dwelling place, and temple of God.
How does God do all that? He does it through the seven elements that make up the Gift of Salvation.
1. In FORGIVENESS: God removes my debts.
Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
2. In JUSTIFICATION: God changes my State.
3. In REGENERATION: God transforms my Heart
Ezekiel 36:26-27 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them."
4. In RECONCILIATION: God becomes my Friend.
Romans 5:10-11 "For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation".
5. In ADOPTION: God Changes my Family.
Romans 8:14-15 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father.""
6. In REDEMPTION: God changes my ownership.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
7. In SANCTIFICATION: God Changes my Behavior.
Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified."
So the practical, visible result of salvation is that God changes my behavior.
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