Your decision to trust Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is the most important decision you could ever make. It will take some time for you to fully understand the significance of what has happened in your life. The purpose of this lesson is to briefly explain what took place the moment you were saved and how your relationship with God has changed.
There are TWO spiritual families in the world: the family of Adam and the family of God. Every person on earth belongs to ONE of these families.
Prior to salvation, we were “in Adam”; by natural birth, members of Adam’s family.
Adam, the first man, was made in the image of God and was called “the son of God” (Luke 3:38) but when he sinned against the Lord, he died spiritually Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:6-7, and became separated from his Father. Consider Genesis 3:23, 24.
The descendants of Adam were not born in the image of God, but in Adam’s fallen, sinful image. Genesis 5:3. Because of Adam’s disobedience, the human race was alienated from its Creator and Satan was free to begin his evil work, “in the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:1, 2
A well known but FALSE religious doctrine is that God is the Father of all men and that all men are brothers! This idea is false because God is NOT the heavenly Father of the lost! John 8:38, 42, 44 and 47.
This present evil world belongs to Satan and all men enter this world in the same condition:
SINFUL – we inherited a sinful nature from Adam: Romans 3:10-18 describes our sinful nature as God sees it. Romans 3:23 concludes, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
CONDEMNED – we inherited a death sentence, “in Adam all die” 1Cor.15:22, Romans 5:12, Revelation 20:14, 15. Jesus Christ was the only one who could deliver us from that condemnation, John 5:24, 1 Corinthians 15:22.
LOST – we were born separated from God and needed to be “born again” 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4. Jesus Christ knew our lost condition and came to earth to save us. Luke 19:10
BLIND – we were born spiritually blind, Ephesians 4:18, I Corinthians 2:14. Jesus Christ came to open our eyes and give us the Light of His Word. Acts 26:16-18, 1 John 5:20
Upon salvation, we were removed from Adam and placed “in Christ”.
As a result of our new birth, we are now heirs of God. Carefully read Romans 8:15-17. We have inherited the spiritual blessings of sonship, which includes the gift of eternal life.
“He that believeth on me hath (present tense) everlasting life.” John 6:47
“He that believeth on the Son hath (present tense) everlasting…” John 3:36
“He that hath the Son hath (present tense) life…” 1 John 5:12
God has separated us from Adam’s family. We have been made free to serve the Lord. Our body is now the temple of the Holy Ghost; He lives within us. 1 Corinthians 6:19.
We have a brand new life “in Christ” and are new people in God’s eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 18.
We must realize that our new family is NOT like our old family and our new Father wants us to live a different kind of life 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
Our New Relationship with God
Now that we are saved, God no longer deals with us as a sinner, but as a son. He is our heavenly Father, and we are His child. 1 John 2:1 says: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous.”
God’s relationship with His children is similar to the earthly relationship between a good father and his son:
A good father loves and cares for his children. 1 Peter 5:7
A good father protects his children. Matthew 18:6
A good father provides for his children. Philippians 4:19
A good father guides and teaches his children. John 14:26
A good father helps his children. Psalm 46:1
A good father comforts his children. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
A good father disciplines his children. Hebrews 12:5-11
A good father feeds his children. Matthew 4:4
A good father has a plan for his children’s future. Romans 8:28-29.
A good earthly father would NEVER do anything to intentionally hurt his children. He would only do those things that would help his children grow and mature into what he wants them to be. Our Heavenly Father is a perfect Father. Unlike earthly fathers, who sometimes err, God never makes a mistake in His dealings with His children.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11.
Our spiritual birth did not erase our sinful nature
All believers have TWO conflicting natures.
1 The old nature-fleshly, sinful, received from Adam. Romans 7:22-23
2 The new nature, spiritual, perfect, made in God’s image, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27.
Both natures are present in us. God wants our “new man” to be in control but the “old man” will constantly struggle to keep control of us. He will continue to resist God and disobey Him if we let him. If we yield ourselves the desires of the “old man” we will continue to be under his power. But if we yield ourselves continually and completely to the Holy Spirit, He will enable us to overcome our sin nature and thereby please our heavenly Father. Consider: Colossians 3:5-10 & Romans 6:6-7 and verses 17-19.
Due to the fact that Satan is well aware of the above truth, you will notice that temptations will now seem to be intensified. The enemy knows all too well the weaknesses of the old nature and will make every effort to use them against you. Every time you yield to the old man, Satan will accuse you, causing you to question your salvation. He will say such things as, “If you were truly a Christian, you would not have done that, or said that you are no different than before.”
Remember, Satan is a liar (John 8:44). God knew that we would still be subject to sin after salvation that is why 1 John 1:9 is in His word: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, immediately repent and confess to your heavenly Father; He has promised to forgive and cleanse you!