Benefits of Salvation

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Most evangelicals would agree that the greatest advantage to being a Christ-follower is the forgiveness of sin and the freedom that follows this first step of faith.  But don’t stop there.  Let this premise be a preamble into some other distinct advantages the Christian has over the non-believer, including the ability to please God and the fruits of the Spirit.

Exclusive Benefits For Christians

Non-believers cannot, no matter how good they are, make God smile.  It’s impossible.  Romans 8:8,9  “ Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” This ability to actually PLEASE God rests in having the Holy Spirit, which is something only believers can achieve.  The Holy Spirit takes up residence within the Christian at the moment of his salvation.  (John 3:5-8 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”).  Those without God’s spirit cannot please him.  Non-believers forever fall short, being simply inadequate and unable to ever win God’s favor or approval.  Yes, they are truly invisible without salvation.

Benefits of Salvation
Christianity has exclusive benefits

Do non-Christians realize the “good” they do does not please God like the “good” a Christian does?  Do they care?  Do Christians experience a greater euphoria knowing their good actually pleases God and not just their own sense of I-did-a-good-thing?  Youbetcha!  Christianity has exclusive benefits.

Fruit of the Spirit

The believer in Christ also has the advantage of the fruit of the Spirit.  (Galations 5:22).  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Have you ever read of those Christian martyrs that are led to their deaths with an eerie peacefulness about them?  Even, Paul, a Biblical Christian, seemed nonplussed by the concept of death.  Here is a summary of his attitude in the book of Acts in his response to Roman officials:

  • Death?  Great, I can die and be with Christ.
  • Torture?  Great, I can suffer for Christ.
  • Freedom?  Great, I can preach Christ.

He wasn’t crazy, just fruity.  This attitude is reflected in Philippians 3: 19-26  “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;  but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.”  Did you notice his focus?  He mentions Christ four times in this passage; his savior is first in his thoughts.

These advantages barely scratch the surface.  “No one has seen, or heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love him.”  I Corinthians 2:9.  Keep looking for these advantages and share them with others, especially those who ask.  I leave you with the words of I Peter 3:15  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Guest Post By Tracey Westphal

Tracey is currently home educating her four children, ages 7-10 in the great state of Michigan. In an effort to encourage, uplift and edify others, she writes devotional and parenting articles.  In the past, her work has appeared in Today’s Father, Grit, and Group Magazine as well as the Upper Room devotional.  She also maintains a blog and a parenting beat for Yahoo.

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richard March 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm

when do you receive the forgiveness of Sin? or when can you receive the Holy Spirit? What is the Plan of SALVATION?

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Jack Wellman March 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hello Richard. Thank you for visiting us and for your questions, which all three are good ones.

The Plan of Salvation is fully a plan and work of God alone. The only thing we bring to God are empty hands and a heart full of sin. First of all, God sends us His Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit shows us that we are sinners and in need of saving. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and need of a Savior. The Holy Spirit regenerates the human heart to see Who that Savior is and that Savior of course is Jesus. We then repent (turn away) from our sins, confess our sins to God, we profess our faith being placed in Jesus Christ, we place this trust in His saving ability and believe Him (believe which is an old English word means to be living in) then He is just and faithful to forgive us of our sins (1 John 1:9) and He cleanses us from all our unrighteousness. That is the plan of salvation.

We receive the Holy Spirit first so we can know we are sinners and need Christ as Savior, then we follow the above Plan of Salvation, and then we are forgiven of our sins. Does this make it clear Richard? If not, please let us know and perhaps I can help you more thoroughly. If you have come to saving faith today (Rom 10:9-13) through Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31), then PLEASE let us know so that we can rejoice with you Richard.

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S Dwight Miller March 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Once I heard RC Sproul state that today we have the greatest misunderstanding of salvation since the beginning of the Reformation 500 years ago.
Tracey obviously does not have that misunderstanding. Great explanation! Keep up the good work.

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Jack Wellman March 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you S. Dwight Miller. You are so right. There is the easy “believe-ism” today where you just “accept Jesus” or “let Him into your heart” but there is no true regeneration. R.C. Sproul is among my favorite teachers and Bible scholars. His Reformation Study Bible is one that I highly recommend. You are so right…Tracey did an excellent job on this article and I thank you for your spot on the mark truthful statement about misunderstandings of salvation. You are so very right. Please come back again soon when you can. Thank you.

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Obuba faith chidinma April 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

God rules in my life,have the zeal serve him but lack fund

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Cecilia Mendoza November 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm

I really like this. I’m 14 and I am trying my best to grow in my faith and learn to share my faith with other people. I think there are a lot of benefits of Salvation. He get to live forever with our Lord and we won’t have now worries, no pain, no sorrow, nor tears. He forgives of our sins. I’m so happy that I have Spirt in me and I hope that the people who read this want to learn more about it and accept God and there Savior and redeemer.

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