Matthew 21: 28-30
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards. Even if at one time we judged Christ according to human standards, we no longer do so.
17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.
18 All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also.
19 Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ.[a] God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends.
20 Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends! 21 Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God.
Salvation is freedom from sin which leads to a change of life as a result of repentance and faith in the atoning blood of Jesus.
Salvation Denotes New Life In Jesus Christ
1. Salvation transforms a person from the old life in Satan to the kingdom of God.
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son,
2. Salvation is the replacement of satanic lifestyle with God’s lifestyle of holiness and righteousness.
3. Through salvation, a person has the grace to be a true follower of Christ.
4. Through salvation, a person receives the grace to abide in Christ.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Characteristics Of A Saved Soul.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
2. Renewal of soul.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3. Reformation of Old life.
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
4. Total control by the Holy Spirit.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
5. Living and working by faith in Christ.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
2 Corinthians 5:7
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
6. Absolute dependence on God.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
7. Thirst and hunger for God’s Word.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
8. Willingness to fellowship with God and Brethren.
How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!
9. Zealousness for the work of God.
His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.
10. Desire to live a righteousness life and shun worldliness.
6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.
9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
1 John 2:15, 29
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
29. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Salvation or a new life in Christ transforms believers into real image of God which is characterized by purity, holiness and righteousness.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Thank You Jesus.
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