Salvation--What Happened To Me the Moment I Was Saved?
a Child of God
In 1 John 3:10 we learn that there are two groups of people: (1) children of ___________ and (2) children of _____________________ Read 1 John 3:12 and Genesis 4:1-8. Would you say that Cain was a child of God or a child of Satan? ______________________________
In John chapter 8 we read about the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees (the religious leaders of the Jews). What did these men seek to do to Christ (verse 37)? ____________________________Who did these men think their Father was (verse 41)? _____________ If a person hates Christ, is God really his Father (verse 42)? _______ Who did Jesus say their father really was (verse 44)? ___________________ Did the Pharisees believe the words of truth that Christ spoke (verse 45)? ________ If a person does not hear and believe Gods Word, is he really a child of God (verse 47)? _______ Why didnt the Pharisees hear and believe Gods Word (verse 47)? _______________________________________________ Were the Pharisees pleased with the things Christ was telling them (verse 59)? _________ Were they able to kill Christ? _______
According to Ephesians 2:1-3, did we become children of God by physical birth? ______ How can a person become a child of God (John 1:12)? _________________________________________________ (Note: the word "sons" in John 1:12 and 1 John 3:1-2 should be translated "children") Therefore, to become a child of God you must be born again (John 1:13 and John 3:1-7). When a person is saved he immediately becomes a member of Gods family. He then enjoys a relationship to God that he never had before and he is able to cry out, "ABBA, ___________________" (see Romans 8:15-16 and Galatians 4:6). The word "Abba" is a very familiar term which means "Father" and it reminds us of a young child who comes to his father and says, "Daddy" or "Papa" (addressing his father with some kind of endearing or familiar term). Who else enjoyed this close relationship to God (Mark 14:36)? _________________
According to Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20, what is the one responsibility that children have to their parents? _______________________________ As children of God, what is our one responsibility to our Heavenly Father? ____________________________ Therefore, we should walk as _________________ children (see 1 Peter 1:14).
In Ephesians 5:1 we learn that we should be _________________________ (imitators) of God, as dear (beloved) _______________________. Children often follow the example of their parents. They look like their parents. Often they act like their parents and imitate them in many ways. As believers in Christ, we need to imitate our Heavenly Father which means we need to be like Him:
Read 1 Peter 2:2 and 2 Peter 3:18. What does God want His children to be doing? _______________________________________________________
I Was Justified
(Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
In Gods eyes, how many righteous men are there (Romans 3:10)? ____________ Who is the only Righteous One (1 John 2:1 and 1 Peter 3:18)?_______________________________ With this in mind, who do you think is Gods righteous servant in Isaiah 53:11? _______________________ Who suffered for unrighteous men and women (Isaiah 53:11 and 1 Peter 3:18)? ___________________________________
Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. In this passage, what two verses describe the way some of the Corinthians believers lived before they were saved? __________________________ What verse describes what God did for them the moment they were saved? _________ Not only were they washed and sanctified, but they were _____________________ in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God. The word "justify" means "to declare or to consider righteous." According to Romans 4:5, what kind of people is God able to justify? ____________________ Is God able to justify a wicked publican or tax collector (Luke 18:13-14)? ___________ Is God able to justify UNRIGHTEOUS men and women (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)? ___________
In Romans 5:1 we learn that as justified believers we have P_______________ W_________ G________. That is, we are no longer Gods enemies! According to Romans 5:10, what were we before we were saved? ___________________________
Although we are not righteous in ourselves, when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, God sees him as righteous IN CHRIST! We are righteous because we are IN Gods righteous Son! 1 Corinthians 1:30---"But of him are ye______ Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and ______________________ and sanctification and redemption." Because God sees us in His Son we are righteous! 2 Corinthians 5:21: "For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for _______, Who (Christ) knew no ________, that (in order that) we might be made the ____________________________ of God I____ ________ ." God reckons (counts, considers) the righteousness of Christ as belonging to the believing sinner. Thus we read in Romans 4:3--- "Abraham ____________________________ God, and it was ______________________ unto him for __________________________________. "What does the word "it" refer to in verse 3 (see verse 5)? __________________________________
Read Romans 5:9. If Christ had not died on the cross, do you think it would have been possible for you to be justified? ______ But because Christ did die for us (Romans 5:6-11), God is free to be gracious to us and to put on our account the very righteousness of Christ. We are no longer guilty, condemned sinners because we are now IN CHRIST:
Because God in His grace has justified me and declared me righteous, what kind of life should I now live? (read Titus 2:11-14 and circle the correct answer):
It doesnt really matter how I live because God, sees me as righteous in Christ.
Now that God has declared me righteous I want to live a righteous life--living right, acting right, thinking right and speaking right!
Now that I am justified I should live the same way I lived before I was saved.
Match the following:
|1._____This is what the natural man would say (compare 1 Cor. 2:14).||A. "I will never forget what Christ has done for me on the cross and I want to live a righteous life day by day so that I might please the God who saved me."|
|2._____This is what the saved man would say||B. It really doesn't matter how a believer lives or acts because God has forgiven all his sins and has declared Him to be righteous in Christ."|
1 John 2:29 says," If ye know that He (Christ) is righteous (read 1 John 2:1), ye know that everyone that does (practices) _______________________ is born of Him." Therefore, if a person is truly born-again, will he live a righteous or an unrighteous life?____________________________1 John 3:7 says, "Little children, let no one deceive you, the person who does (practices) ________________________________(right living, right thinking, right acting) is ________________________________(that is, he has truly been declared righteous) even as He (Jesus) is righteous." God sees the believer just as righteous as His Son! What about the person who does not do (practice) righteousness? Does he really belong to God (see 1 John 3:10)? ___________ According to these verses in 1 John, how can we tell if a person has truly been justified? (Circle the right answer, and there is only one correct answer):
Note: It's true that only God can see the heart and only God is the ultimate Judge of who is saved and who is not, and yet Jesus also said, "By their fruits ye shall know them" (see Matthew 7:15-23). If a person is truly saved, he should not only KNOW IT but he should also SHOW IT (see James 2:14-26). Saved people do not always live as righteously as they should and they do still struggle with sin, but they do have a new life that is different from the life they once lived when they were unsaved (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Read 1 John 2:29 and 3:7,10 again. Do you desire to live a righteous life and obey Gods Word? If you don't have a desire for this, then how can you claim to be saved? ("I'm saved but I have no desire to please the Lord and I don't care about obeying Him. I'll live my own life the way I want.") Dont be deceived! A righteous man is known by his righteous life! He is so thankful for what Christ has done for him that it shows in his living!
In Romans 6:13 the believer is commanded to yield (to present) his bodily members as instruments of _________________________unto God. Therefore, should we be careful what our hands do? _________ Is it a righteous thing to hold a cigarette?________ Should we be careful how we use our tongue (see Ephesians 4:29)? ________ Should we be careful what we let our eyes see (filthy books, magazines, many if not most television shows, movies, etc.)? ________ Read Romans 6:16-18. We were once the servants (slaves) of ________________________________(verse 17) but when we obey the Word of God we become the servants (slaves) of_________________________________(v.18). Would you rather be a slave of sin or a slave of righteousness?_________________________________________________________
In 1 Timothy 6:11 and 2 Timothy 2:22, what is the first thing that Paul tells Timothy to follow after?__________________________________ [Note: the word translated "follow after" means "to run after, to pursue, to chase" as a hunter would chase after his prey or as a runner would run to the finish line to receive a prize---see Philippians 3:14 where this word is translated "press". Are you earnestly and zealously running after the virtues listed in 1 Timothy 6:11 and 2 Timothy 2:22?]. Read 1 Peter 2:24. Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, how should we now live as believers?______________________________________________
Read 2 Timothy 3:16. Where can we go to find instruction for living a righteous life that is well-pleasing to Christ?________________________________ Read Matthew 5:10-12 and 1 Peter 3:14. As we live a righteous life, what kind of treatment should we expect to receive from others?___________________________________________________________________________________ Read John 15:18. When the righteous Christ came to this earth, did the world love Him? ______ Read John 15:19-21. If we belong to Christ will the world treat us the same way they treated Him? _________ According to 1 John 3:13, should we be surprised if the unsaved world does not love us? __________
Review question: The word "JUSTIFY" means _______________________________________________________ Note: Justification does not mean that God MAKES a sinner righteous. If this were true then we would never sin again. A justified person is still a sinner (a sinner saved by grace). God sees him perfectly righteous in Christ. "Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne."