AFTER SALVATION, WHAT NEXT?


Let me begin by saying that nothing else contributed to your salvation apart from what Jesus Christ did. When I say nothing contributed to your salvation, I mean that all your good works and righteous living has nothing to do with saving you from condemnation. Knowing this is very important. It changes your perception of so many things.
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This is what the Bible says concerning our salvation in Ephesians 2:4-9 

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“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved… And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

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What does it mean to be saved? It simply means being set free from the penalties of sin and becoming acceptable to God. It means going to heaven without even when our sins would have stopped us. It means God forgetting the fact that we sinned, not because we stopped sinning but because he loves us. It means calling someone who has been a sinner, a righteous person.

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In that case, does it mean everyone is saved? No. Jesus came to save everyone but only those who want it receives it. You can’t have my gift when you have rejected it or never accept it. For instance, someone sent you a parcel from another country, it arrived at your local post office but you haven’t received it, the parcel has been sent to you, the parcel is yours but you cannot have it till you receive it. That is how God’s salvation is. The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 

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“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

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You see that? When that parcel sent from another country for you arrived, there are things that can restrain you from getting it. It is either you never knew a parcel was sent to you because you didn’t read a text message that came to your phone or answered a call or you got the information but you never believe it to be true perhaps because it sounded so good to be true. So, if you don’t believe that God’s salvation has been given through the sacrifice of Jesus, you cannot receive it. The Bible says you confess it with your mouth (that Jesus is your Lord and saviour) and believe it in your heart (that you are saved by grace alone) and then you begin to experience salvation. 

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Now, the big question is; after salvation, what next?

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Jonah wrote in chapter 2:9

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“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

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Jonah says he will make a sacrifice because God has saved him. He didn’t say He will make the sacrifice so that God can save him. He wasn’t also just making a sacrifice, he is doing it with thanksgiving to God. So, after salvation, sacrifice comes next. In the new testament, when we talk about sacrifices it means yielding ourselves to God’s leading. You can only do that when you receive the Holy Spirit. It can also mean living in love with all men, it can mean living in righteousness.

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Unfortunately, many Christians have made it look like righteousness is the name of a dressing or other similar things. No! To live in righteousness means to live in pace and love with people. How? When you love people, you act with kindness, you don’t steal from them, you don’t envy them, you don’t have sex with someone you are not married to, you don’t promise someone marriage when you don’t mean it, you don’t insult people or look down on them, you don’t hate anyone… you do to others what you want to be done to you, you just love people. 

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Since we aren’t saved by doing those things, why do we have to do them? It is because we are saved to do good. By doing good we are showcasing the true nature of God to people and as we live the life, we are drawing more souls to God and we are bringing God the glory. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:12

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“Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God…”

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You see that? A Christian can also be called an evil doer if he isn’t living a life that brings glory to God. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16

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“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Your good deeds as a believer brings glory to God. Live a good life, speak the truth, be sincere, be kind and lovely… people will see you and say “wow… God is Good! ”

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After salvation, live as Saved! 

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#KingGeorge 

#GracefulGeorge 

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