What happens when someone becomes a Christian? Is it something that you (or others) can see or feel? Does what happens take place right away or over a period of time? Is there evidence of salvation? If so, what is it?
If you’re a student of history you know that, to be considered reliable, quotes attributed to historical figures must be based on source (original) documents. The same is true concerning salvation. What Aunt So and So, Grandpa, parents, or even the preacher said is not to be accepted as truth unless it’s based on the Word of God-particularly the New Testament, where Christians are to be living today.
The Bible says, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, that if any man (person) is in Christ, that person is a new creature. One translation says a person in Christ is a “new self”. The literal Greek refers to the new creature as a species of being having never before existed. When you were born again-when you became a Christian, the very Life of God was imparted to your spirit, your heart. No, not a physical organ, but the part of you that contacts God. The moment you confessed Jesus as Lord, out of a believing heart, God recreated your spirit with the same Life that He has. Your old nature was taken out.
Where did God take it? I don’t know. That’s not my business, that’s God’s. My business was-and is-to accept this Gift of salvation, learn about this new nature I have in me, and walk in the light of that knowledge. Knowledge of my salvation, the evidence of my salvation-all of that comes from finding out what God says about it in His Word. From that Word I found out that the evidence of my salvation was a new heart of love for and towards other people. Did I get a new body when I experience salvation? No, I had the same eyes, hair color, and weight after I was saved, as before. The thing that changed was going from having a heart of fear to a heart of love-God’s Love. What about you? Has your heart-your nature-changed since becoming a Christian? I’m not talking about some goose bump feeling that comes and goes. No, I’m talking about a heart change that only God, through Jesus Christ-can give. A heart of Love that can now love with the Love God had for us when He sent Jesus to restore us back to Him. Having evidence of salvation-and letting it be seen-is a key to growth in Christ. Is evidence of your salvation showing? If so, how? If not, why not? Is salvation worth showing? Is yours?