Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Salvation - Part Seven (Transformation- The Fruit And Evidence Of True Salvation)
Transformation - The Fruit and Evidence of True Salvation
As salvation is the door to heaven where we enter, transformation is the passageway, the very threshold to the majestic throne of God where we behold His glorious presence.
Transformation is not the work of man, although his cooperation is very much required. It is the handy work of the Holy Spirit in the realization of God's intentions for all His children to be transformed from glory to glory until they reach the whole measure of the fullness of Jesus Christ.
Are all men children of God? No, all men are creatures of God, but only those "who received Him (Jesus Christ), to those who believe in His name , He gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12).
They become adopted sons of God and co-heirs with Jesus Christ in the kingdom of God. That means they enjoy the same privileges and rights as the natural or only begotten Son of God.
Only Jesus Christ is acceptable to the Father. Remember, "He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him." Man cannot enter the kingdom of God by any other way except through Jesus Christ.
Man cannot develop his own kind of righteousness and expect the Father to recognize his own vainglorious efforts. That is a direct insult to the Father and an affront to the Son. Only the righteousness of Jesus Christ, imputed on the true Christian upon his born again experience, and further developed and perfected by the Holy Spirit through pious acts and good works in the name of Jesus Christ by the renewed Christian, is acceptable to the Father.
As a person confesses his sins to God and allows all his sins to be washed clean by the blood of Jesus, not only are his sins forgiven (how many and abominable they may be), but they are totally wiped clean, erased as though they never existed at all. And Jesus Christ's righteousness and holiness are imputed on the regenerated Christian as he becomes justified before the Father.
The proof of this is the unfolding of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in him- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23). The born again Christian does not develop these traits on his own, but they unfold in him through the works of the Holy Spirit, as he abide by the will of God and walk in His ways.
Then, he truly becomes the light of the world and the salt of the earth, a conduit (or purified vessel) of God's amazing grace and unfailing love and mercy to all mankind.
As The Deer