IN THE SHADOW OF SALVATION.

As a Christian, Salvation through Jesus Christ is a pretty important deal. Jesus came and lived a perfect life and died a sacrificial death. However, becoming a Christian and having a relationship with Jesus, there much more to Salvation, than just Salvation itself.

Below are 5 benefits of Salvation through a relationship with Jesus.

1) Redemption and Adoption – Jesus is the physical and visible image of the invisible God, it is in Jesus that we have forgiveness from our sin (Colossians 1:13-14, Psalm 85:2). We have freedom from our sin, not that we are free (full stop) as that for me implies that we can make it up as we go along. Being forgiven from our sin is an expensive adoption process where we become children of God (Romans 8:14) under His care and leadership.

2) Guidance and Direction – Following being rescued, Jesus gives us direction and guides us, (Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 3:5-6). He leads by example, for us to follow and gives us all we need for this adoption process (Philippians 4:9, John 14:6). Jesus, living a life here on earth, having been through the same problems and ‘life-struggles’ as the rest of us, He gives us grace knowing that we will mess up along our journey (Hebrews 4:16).

3) Strength and Courage – Being saved by grace gives us the strength to carry on, we are not alone (Isiah 40:31), hoping and trusting in God is how we continue forward and not get sidetracked (Psalm 112:7). The power of the spirit living in us (our relationship with Jesus) means we have the power and self-discipline to journey on with the task that we have been given (2 Timothy 1:7, Hebrews 9:14). When we are adopted, we are part of a family. again I feel that adoption is the better word to use than freedom, when you are part of a family you have a role to play in making that family work – this is the task that Jesus has given us as Christians.

4) Peace and Rest – Salvation gives Christians peace in the knowledge that Jesus is with us every step of the way (John 14:27, Matthew 11:28). He can be a place of rest and refuge for us when we are going through hard times (Nahum 1:7) and protects us when we need help and spiritual healing (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Psalm 103:1-5, Proverbs 18:10).

5) Inheritance and Heaven – In Jesus Christ we have victory, there is nothing that can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39), as ‘adopted’ children we have an inheritance in Heaven when our adoption process is complete and our journey with Jesus on earth is done (John 14:2-3, Revelation 21). However, while we are still on earth – i.e. not in Heaven; there is still a lot to do as part of the family.

Salvation does not mean ‘life fixed’ but it does guarantee that you are not alone in your situations, you are not alone as you navigate life. Jesus has invited us to be a part of his plans and live under the shadow of Salvation, we just need to accept and follow.

These are some thoughts I’ve had through my recent Bible study and I thought I would share them with you.

LS

 

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