Explanation of the Salvation Process Part 2

“So, my question a lot of the time is, ‘What Jesus do you believe in?’  Do you believe in the One who died and was buried and rose again from the dead; and when He comes into your life brings His death, burial, and resurrection into your life and that is what you experience?  That’s a whole different ballgame than being religious and going to church and putting in your two cents worth, and doing your duty, and going home.”

Continuing our topical series on Understanding Salvation, this week we are featuring part two of the Mastering the Bible study explaining the salvation process.

In this second part, Pastor Bill explains what life looks like for the believer after salvation.  He explains that at the moment of salvation, the personal characteristics of Christ come with Him into the life of the believer.  These characteristics include His death, His burial, and His resurrection (see also Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:3-5, and Philippians 3:10).  Because of this, a believer can no longer live a lifestyle of sin (see also I John 3:6, 8-9, I John 5:18, I John 2:1). 

However, a believer still has the effects of sin written on the cortex of his brain, so the Lord is continually working to transform him through the renewing of his mind (see also Romans 12:1-2).  At this point, since Satan can no longer touch a believer’s spirit, his strategy is to attack the flesh by keeping the mind continually occupied with the cares of this life, therefore interrupting the transformation process.

Pastor Bill also presents the disservice of easy believism and the Americanized Christianity so prevalent today.  Since Satan the destroyer is continually at work, church is meant to be a spiritual hospital, a place where pastors function as servants ministering the healing balm of God’s Word, and where God’s Spirit refreshes and restores the world-wearied souls of the believers.