What Christians should do after salvation
What Christians should do after salvation:
By: Caleb Elochukwu:
It is an indisputable fact that the principal reason Jesus came into this world and died was to save sinners from their sins. “And ye shall call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
His coming birthed the concept of salvation from the Kingdom perspective. Salvation has a lot of meanings and applications but its primary scriptural application is in the redemption of the soul of man that fell short of God’s Glory.
Mankind originally fell into sin and there was a need to restore him to the original state of Glory but all the ordinances and the law which were practised before Jesus Christ came were insufficient to liberate and redeem man fully. It took Jesus Christ to come and shed His blood for the sins of man to be remitted because “without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin”. (Hebrews 9:22).
And that is why immediately Jesus began His ministry, He went about preaching “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Salvation deals with repentance from sin and dead works and turning unto the living God, liberation from darkness and all the works of Satan. When a person is saved, immediately He becomes regenerated or born again and s/he is reinstated to that original glory which He lost.
Salvation is the first step towards returning to that Glory of God, that is why Jesus said ” Except you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” meaning, without salvation, one cannot access or return to God’s Glory as it was in the beginning.
Salvation ensures that we have a place in Heaven, God’s Kingdom at the end of our lives on Earth. According to Peter, through salvation we are born again to a lively hope and this hope is that we have an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, does not fade away and it is reserved in heaven for the saved child of God (1 Peter 1:3-5). This inheritance is “the mansions” which Jesus Christ has gone to prepare for us. (John 14:1).
However, as fantastic as the salvation experience is, it is just the tip of the iceberg compared to God’s original plan. It is the ticket that ushers us into His full purposes but many Christians halt at this juncture and sadly lead mundane lives compared to God’s expectancy and purposes. They may go to Heaven but they go unfulfilled and “uncelebrated.”
Beyond salvation, we are called to become partakers in the Divine nature of God. It is written in 2 Peter 1:3-4 “According to as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
God’s Divine nature is a complete testament of His Glory and His desire is that we should manifest that Glory on the Earth while we live as His children. But we cannot become partakers of His full nature if we don’t grow to become like Him, conformed to His image.
We become partakers of the divine nature by growing in Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ after being saved from our sins. God has made these provisions through His promises but we must be willing to receive of His fullness, growing from Grace to Grace. John 1:16 “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
A Christian should not be mediocre, Jesus Christ was never one neither His disciples. In their time, it was testified that “these men turned the world upside down”, in essence, they manifested the full Glory of God to the world. In these last days, there is a greater need for the manifestation and expression of God’s Glory through Christians in every sector of life. The days of timid Christianity is long past and the time for the expression of the Divine nature of God on Earth. ” Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth” is the heartbeat of God that requires full attendance until is realized in this dispensation holistically.
However, for this to be achieved the Christian must possess some qualities that are consistent with the divine nature of God. After salvation, we must apply diligence to obtain these qualities in our Christian lives because they ensure that we become Christ-like and live exceptional lives, thereby influencing the world for Christ.
2 Pet 1:5-7 “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Christian is called to live a virtuous life in a world filled with perversions. In other versions of the Bible, virtue is rendered as excellence, goodness etc. And it connotes the impeccability of God’s nature. God is holy, pure, righteous, good, loving etc. and if we are saved we are to become like Him by expressing these virtues that are found in Him. God is good and filled with excellence, as a child of God you should strive to develop that virtue in our lives.
His name is excellent in all the Earth, and His works too! We should replicate that level of excellence in all that we do.
God is an embodiment of Knowledge, the omniscient God. He knows everything and the Bible testifies “everything is open and naked unto the eyes of Him with who we have to do, no creature is hidden from his sight.” God’s knowledge encompasses the spiritual and physical realms and through His sufficient knowledge, God acts par excellence.
Knowledge is a cardinal component of the divine nature and God desires that every of His child should grow in Knowledge. He laments when we lack knowledge because ignorance, which is a lack of knowledge can make someone perish.
There are numerous bodies of knowledge on critical issues as it pertains to our life on Earth and walks with God and a Christian must strive to acquire as many bodies of knowledge that He can acquire as possible. The first port of call towards acquiring knowledge about the various aspects of truth that exist for your profiting is the Bible. The Bible is filled with vast topics such as faith, love, patience, wealth, power, authority, freedom, holiness, righteousness etc.
Through reading and studying the Bible, you can acquire “the truths that can set you free” from perennial bondage and sufferings as Christians.
Apart from the Bible, you should also seek to acquire relevant knowledge in specific areas of life especially as it pertains to your profession.
The Bible prophesied about the increment of knowledge in the last days and a child of God should seek to increase in knowledge continually for the benefit of God’s Glory.
The world is filled with tremendous lawlessness, self-control separates a child of God from the pack. Self-control means that you are temperate in your dealings with men in all your affairs. Philippians 4:5, says “Let your moderation be known unto all men, the Lord is at hand.”
We should live moderate lifestyles instead of living with reckless abandon. Your conversations and speeches should be moderate and your associations also should testify to your moderations.
Living in self-control promotes the light of God’s Kingdom and alienates the darkness.
This is another great quality you should develop. This aspect of God’s nature is also known as long-suffering, perseverance etc. It means bearing and enduring hard or unfavourable circumstances without changing or losing your convictions.
While on earth, you can encounter many challenges or problems that can question your convictions and persuasions to the extent that you can begin to waiver. A steadfast person does not have a double mind, therefore He is not unstable. “A double-minded man is unstable in all His ways” (James 1:8).
We have not been promised a journey devoid of trials and temptations but there is a promise that we can overcome them; a crown awaits anyone who victoriously overcomes the troubles of this world. Steadfastness is the key to ensuring that you are an overcomer.
When you are mocked for your faith, persecuted for your belief in Christ, scorned for your good works which may seem to be a wastage of time at the moment etc., it takes only perseverance to overcome
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
The Christian faith and journey is a vocation unto Godliness. When you are saved, God gives you the power to become “sons of God” (John 1:12). In essence, to become godly. The quality of Godliness is a great mystery to the world; it bewilders unbelievers to think that someone can live in this evil world exhibiting such a characteristic that is only akin to God.
Godliness is made possible through growth in Grace, after the initiation of our salvation. It cannot be done by human efforts but through God’s Grace. As you grow in Grace, God inwardly works in your life to become like Jesus and do His good pleasure, that is Godliness. “It is God that works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
Brotherly affection also means brotherly kindness and you are admonished to develop this quality because of what Jesus did. It was “brotherly kindness” that made Jesus go through the rigorous experiences He passed on the cross of Calvary, for the sake of mankind. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down His life for His friends” (John 15:13).
Brotherly kindness is applied within the context of the brotherhood of the saints. Peter said “Love the brotherhood”, Apostle Paul said, ” Always be ready to show hospitality to all men, especially they that are of the household of faith.” Jesus said we are all brethren, therefore you must be ready to communicate acts of kindness and affection towards your brethren.
This aligns with the Divine nature of God which every believer has been called to partake in.
Love is the zenith of all qualities. Without love, every other quality is a mirage and there is no testament of God’s life in us. God is LOVE, it is His preeminent nature. The exhibition of this “agape” Love is what makes you a child of God.
Love for God, love for your neighbours and even your enemies are all expressed within this aspect of the divine nature.
“Love covers the multitude of sins.” That means it surpasses the influence and effects of sin, it mitigates the damages caused through sin.
A child of God should love implicitly and explicitly. Love is shown in your actions and not in words. Jesus said “Love in deed and not in words.” It should not be falsified, knowing that God ascertains the verity of your motives.
The characteristics of this kind of Love produces patience, humility, kindness, selflessness etc. in your experiences and dealings with God and man.
The purpose of cultivating these qualities is that we may bear fruit to God’s Glory and in the end, be rewarded. It takes due diligence, a persistent and meticulous effort to achieve an objective to cultivate and bear holy fruits unto God. God rewards diligence and if you diligently grow in the Grace and Knowledge of God to fully partake in His Divine nature, thus express His Glory, the be assured that you will never be unfruitful and God will duly reward you.
Remember, the Christian faith is a vocation. Therefore, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).