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Growing in Christ

Laying the Foundations for Christian Maturity

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LESSON #1

NEW LIFE

At the moment of your conversion, when you confessed by faith alone Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you were brought into a wonderful new life and relationship with God. Many things happened when you trusted Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin. In this first lesson we explore some of those things, beginning with examining what the Bible says happened to you at the moment of conversion. Then we will see what it has to say about assurance of salvation.

I. YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION

At the moment of salvation, you were:

Redeemed (1 Peter 1:18 19). This is the act of God whereby He paid the price of your sins. He purchased sinners through the death of Christ, and as a result forgives our sin (Colossians 1:14). But not only have we been forgiven, we have been justified.

Justified. This is a legal term meaning "declare righteous" (Romans 3:24; 5:1). This means that Jesus Christ took our sins and placed them on His account (1 Peter 2:24), and in return credited us with His righteousness (Philippians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Given peace with God (Romans 5:1). The result of justification is peace with God (Ephesians 2:17). Your conscience is cleared and the guilt is lifted because you know you have been reconciled to God (that is, you were once separated from God but the differences are settled [Romans 5:8 10]).

Given an inheritance (1 Peter 1:4). You are now complete in Christ; nothing more needs to be added to give you eternal life (Colossians 2:9 10).

You possess every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). Every gift the Holy Spirit gives, you have been given. You have assurance of eternal life (1 Peter 1:4).

Given a new position. You are now a member of a holy and royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:5, 9); a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20); a member in the family of God by birth (John 3:5) and by adoption (Galatians 4:5).

Given new possibilities. Because you are now in the family of God, many wonderful things are possible for you.

•You can begin to understand in a fuller way God's Word (1 Corinthians 2:12, 14).

•You can obtain strength to apply the Word to change selfish habit patterns (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13).

•You can experience joy in trials (James 1:2 4; Romans 8:28 29).

•You can have fellowship with other believers in the church of Christ (1 John 1:7 9).

•You are now part of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 12:12 13).