By receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you have just begun the most exciting adventure of your life. The purpose of this section is to help you begin that adventure in Christ on solid footing. So settle into your chair, ask God to help you understand the words you are about to read, and then let the words and the scriptures written here help you start the exciting journey of your new life in Christ.
What exactly has happened to you? Put simply, you have become a child of God, a part of God’s spiritual family who receive eternal life with Him in Heaven.
But how did all that happen? First of all, the Bible tells us that all men, because of sin, are separated from God, who is holy and righteous. The Apostle Paul wrote, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). All scriptures quoted in this page are from the Revised Standard Version). Therefore man, having sinned, is cut off from God, having no hope of eternal life. But God, in His great mercy and love, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into this world that man might be saved from his sins through Jesus. The Apostle John tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
It is through Jesus’ death on the Cross, by the shedding of His blood, that you have been redeemed from your sins (see Matthew 26:28, Ephesians 1:7 and 1 John 1:7). This salvation is not automatic to all men, but comes only when people such as you have repented of their sins and have asked Jesus Christ to come into their hearts. Again we read the words of John: “But to all who received him (Jesus Christ), who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12).
The two key words here are believed and received. Believe refers to the acknowledgment that Jesus truly is the Son of God and one’s Saviour (see Romans 10:9-10) and receive implies a willingness to follow Jesus in all that the Bible tells us to do and be (John 14:21). You have, by receiving Christ, removed the penalty of sin from your life, which is spiritual death in hell. You no longer come into the judgement of God as all unbelievers must but, as Jesus said, you have “passed from death to life” (John 5:24).
God no longer even sees you as a sinner. Paul says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Your sins have not only been forgiven, but God no longer remembers that you have even committed them (Hebrews 8:12).
So welcome to the family of God. Welcome to the blessings that God gives His children, to the spiritual riches which are in Christ Jesus.
You may want to stop here and let these scriptures sink deeper into your mind as you study them from your Bible. But if you do, be sure to finish this page as soon as possible. For God has, a vital message to you as a new Christian.