Monday, January 18, 2010
OUR EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION
"And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart."
Our experience of salvation, when applied by the power of the Holy Spirit in the new birth, is infinitely more than a moral reformation or the mere acquiring of knowledge. It is a true heart transformation, a miracle of God’s power and grace in Christ who gives life to His people and a heart to know, believe, and follow Him as Lord and Savior. Someone once wrote, ― "Reformation without transformation, which comes by regeneration, will only lead to degradation and ultimately condemnation."
Now in this powerful transformation that comes in regeneration by the Holy Spirit there is a moral reformation, either from open immorality or from self-righteous religion to true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance of sin and dead works.
Also, in this powerful transformation that comes in regeneration by the Holy Spirit there is the acquiring of knowledge as God the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us and teaches us the reality of God’s holiness and justice, our sinfulness and depravity, and the glory of salvation by God’s grace in and by the Lord Jesus Christ, based on His finished work on the cross.
The Holy Spirit does not convict us of sin without showing us and teaching of our sin.
He does not bring us to Christ without showing us and teaching of the glorious Person and finished work of Christ to save us from our sins.
He does not bring us to God without showing us and teaching us by the Gospel preached, heard, and believed, how God is just to justify sinners like us by the blood and imputed righteousness of Christ.
Christ saved us by His work on the cross. We experience this salvation in the fruit of His work when we are born again by the Holy Spirit. We are then changed in heart, and we know Him whom to know is life eternal – "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." (John 17:3)
By Bill Parker