Thursday, February 7, 2013

What am I supposed to do after I become a Christian?

A person who has learned about Jesus will hopefully decide to place his/her faith in Jesus and emulate His death, burial and resurrection in baptism (Romans 6:3-4). After one makes the choice to accept God’s grace in this way they are now “saved”! Often times after being saved a person will not know exactly what to do, or what God expects of them. This post intends to answer the question: “I am what?”

The book of 1st John deals with this question. In chapter one we learn that:
  • God is Light (1 John 1:5).
  • We have fellowship with Christ when we are in the Light (1 John 1:7).
  • We are not sinless (1 John 1:8,10).
  • Our salvation is not based upon us being perfect (1 John 1:9). 
After establishing these points in chapter one, the Apostle John gives some great points in chapter 2 on how a person is supposed to live post-conversion.

Understand that Grace Motivates us to Live Holy. (It is not a license to sin!)

  • (1 John 2:1) “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.”
  • Although our salvation is not based upon our sinlessness, God still wants us to not sin.
  • Because He Loves Us, We Live For Him!
    • For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)
Understand that Obedience is Required.
  • “Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (2:4).
  • “Whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” (2:5). 
  • “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” (2:6).
Understand that there is Hope even when We Disobey.
  • “But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (2:1).
  • “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (2:2).
  • God Loves You!
    • (John 3:16) - “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
  • Jesus Died For You!
    • (John 15:13) - “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”.
  • Live For Jesus!
    • (John 15:14) - “You are my friends if you do what I command you”. 
Once you are saved, it is your job to OBEY GOD.

BY Cliff Sabroe - quotes from NASB95 AND ESV BIBLE