In my previous post I titled “YOUR FOUNDATION, YOUR FUTURE“, I emphasised on the need to follow judiciously these series of foundational teachings with the sole aim of making sure that one’s foundation is in order. That should not be taken for granted. If you have not read that post, please go back, read and digest it. In this series, I will begin my teachings on salvation or new birth. For ease of understanding, I will be making the post short so that you will find it easy to read and follow.
When I was called to Christ, I was first of all cut to the heart by the word of God and I was eagerly waiting for a salvation call to be made. My entire body was shivering and I thought the world was going to end in the next minute. I was not ready to miss heaven. I was not ready to miss the Lord that loved me and gave his life for my sake. I became heaven-sick. What I meant was that I was very ready to make peace with the God. I had done that in the seat where I was sitting, yet I was not satisfied. I was waiting for a call from the pastor handling the discipleship class that day. His name is Pastor Ekeoma. The topic was blessed are the pure in heart. That was the teaching that brought the turn around in my life since year 2000. Your experience may be close to mind or quite different from mine. There’s no stereotyped way of being born again. I eventually answered altar call that faithful Tuesday evening. You may not have answered altar call in a public meeting like me. You may have answered yours before a book,TV screen, or over a radio or before a computer screen or even your phone. The important thing is that you responded to a call of the Holy Ghost who brought conviction to your heart when you heard or read the gospel.
Now, if you don’t know what it means to be saved, then you will definitely be living your life as though nothing happened to you.
Let us begin by defining the word ‘salvation’.
According to Oxford Learner’s English app, the word salvation means:
A) The act of saving ; preservation or deliverance from destruction, or danger or great calamity.
B) The redemption of man from the bondage of Sin, and liability to eternal death and conferring on him of everlasting happiness.
From the first definition, notice the word preservation, that means keeping something secured from destructive powers. From the second definition, we see redemption. So, salvation was possible because redemption took place. That means, a ransom was paid to deliver a man from the bondage where in he was hitherto held captive.
Let me take you back to my salvation testimony. As I waited impatiently on my seat that faithful day, I was waiting for the time the pastor will call us out to pray for us. He eventually led us, those that responded to the call through what I now understand as the sinner’s prayer. After that encounter, I felt heaven on earth. That does not mean that salvation is predicated on feelings. I had peace of mind and rest. This may be your experience too. It may not be. So, if you felt nothing, please don’t worry.
Before I proceed, someone once asked me, “Bro Izuu, do you think that mere saying the sinner’s prayer can make one to be born again correctly?”. This however may also be your question. That is the reason for this teaching. First, I will show you what happens when a man is born again, but not before some preambls. Then, the next series of teaching will be on assurance of salvation.
Let us just look at some of my favorite scriptures on this fact.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
Now, from the above scriptures, one thing is common. Christ is the reason for our deliverance. He is what we believe and declare. It is by believing the substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus and public declaration of his Lordship that we are saved. When I said substitutionary sacrifice, what I mean is that he substituted himself for us. His death was our death because He didn’t deserve to die. Pilate testified to this in
Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people,
and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent.
Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.
Even the Prince of this world found nothing in him John 14:30
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me,
But according to Rom 3:23, all have sinned and according to Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death. Therefore, our believing in Jesus is the acknowledged, there’s a persuasion to declare. The moment you make the confession, there’s a translation that happens in the Spirit realm. 2Cor 5:17 takes place immediately.
All these things takes place the moment the gospel comes to a man. When the gospel comes, four cardinal things happen to a man. Please stay tuned for more on salvation. In the next teaching, I will make you see these things in the word of God.