“After Salvation, Now What?,”
In a moment in time you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, your sins were forgiven and instantly the Holy Spirit sealed you into the “body of Christ” – you are a member in particular (1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13, 22; 4:30). The instant you were saved, you were given a special gift (s) by the Holy Spirit so that you can execute God’s plan for your life in the body of Christ. God has a plan!
God’s Plan for you personally is that you learn His Word (the Bible). To do this you need get a “Study Bible,” then find a good Bible teaching church in your area. (For assistance on what to look for in a Church, see our Study entitled “Spiritual Authority.” ) This study directs Deacons and Church leadership on how to select a Pastor/Teacher, but the same ingredients are valid for you as a new believer when searching for the right church.
God has a purpose for you – a Personal Predesigned Plan of Grace (PPPG – see “Terms & Definitions for definition of PPPG) that He designed just for you in eternity past. He knew you would trust Christ, and He made every provision for your life. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory, both now and to the day of eternity (forever). Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 1: 3-23). You are now kept alive on earth to fulfill your personal destiny (the PPPG). To accomplish what God has planned for your life you will need to learn God’s Word daily. You will need to study and maintain close fellowship with he Lord. Fro learning by Bible study and the daily experiences of your life, you will learn how to live and effective life In Christ. Your goal is to become a mature believer, living for Christ as an ambassador. On the way to maturity in Christ, you will experience many circumstances as a part of growing up in your faith and wisdom….priceless events; many hardships; many experiences in life. Life after salvation is designed by God for your benefit and His glorification (John 15:8, 16; 2 Corinthians 5:15). “Hebrews 4:15: “for we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Please turn in your Bible and read the following: Romans 8:38,39; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 2:9. God has called you personally out of darkness into His marvelous light. As a believer, you have been rescued, forgiven and restored to God, by God through the Cross sacrifice of Christ in your place.
Now that you are saved eternally, learn God’s Word so you too can tell others the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Remember, your faith is new and must be nourished, else you fall back into doubt. Faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
God the Holy Spirit now indwells you, along with God the Father and God the Son. You are the Temple (dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16).
Happy Studying! Amen.