Our Identity – Part 5 – Salvation

What happens to us when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and to forgive us of our sins? The very first thing we have to realize is that Jesus first chose us. Ephesians 1: 4 – 7 says “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” What rocks the core of my being is that before God every said let there be light He chose to save me from my sins. God chose His children before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and blameless. God knew every nasty sin I would commit, he knew what I would struggle with, and yet He still choose to save me, to love me, to forgive me. At salvation, God takes us spiritually out of Adam and places us into Christ, we are justified. Justification takes place at the moment of our salvation. So what does Justification mean? (The following notes of Justification are taken from Louis Berkhof’s Manual of Christian Doctrine)
1. Justification is the legal act of God by which He declares the sinner righteous on the basis of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
2. Justification removes the guilt of sin and restores the sinner to all the rights of a child of God, including an eternal inheritance.
3. Justification takes place once for all: it is not repeated, nor is the process; in it completed at once and for all time.
4. The pardon granted in justification applies to all sins, past, present, future.
5. In justification God adopts the believer as His child, that is, places him in the position of a child and gives him all the rights of a child. Believers are not only children of God by adoption and therefore in a legal sense but also by virtue of the new birth and therefore in a spiritual sense. (John 1: 23-13, Romans 8: 15-16, Galatians 4: 5-6)
At salvation we participated literally in Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension and seating at the right hand of the Father. (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6: 1-14, Colossians 1: 13, Ephesians 2: 4-6, Colossians 3: 3-4) We are in union with Christ, and are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1: 13) with a seal that cannot be broken by anything. Also we can never be condemned for our sins again, past, present or future. Romans 8:1 say, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Now this does not give us a free pass to go do what we want to do, Romans 6 deals with that issue. At salvation Jesus takes His perfect righteousness and places it onto us, and takes our dirty, nasty, deadly sin and places it onto Him, so that we can live and live freely.

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