Praise The Lord!
We praise the Lord with you! You have decided to follow and serve Jesus Christ! Christian means “Christ Follower” so you are closer to becoming one of His disciples. Now that you are on a new path to righteousness, you want to know what’s next, that’s awesome! First, let’s recap the decisions you made. There are many different teachings on salvation, so we want to ensure that you have understood the biblical requirements needed for the rebirth of an ex-sinner, that’s you!
First, You Renounce Your Sinful Life, It’s Scriptural
First step to becoming a Christian is repenting. You have been convicted of your sinful life by the Holy Ghost and you have fully repented of those sins and sinful lifestyle. Repentance is more than just apologizing for the bad things that you have done. You have purposed in your heart never again to repeat the same sinful acts. Jesus did not die and make a way for your sins to be forgiven, only so you can continue to practice them. He came so that you would have a clean slate and a pure heart. The Holy Ghost has come to clean all traces of sin through the blood of Jesus if you will accept it. You can be set free!!
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Second, You Have The Divine Blood Applied
Becoming a Christian does not happen overnight. You have to show yourself a follower before being known as a follower. After repentance, you want the blood of Jesus applied to your life to make you clean. Having the blood applied to your life doesn’t happen when you simply believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world. Although there are many preachers out in the world that would teach differently, we want to stick to what God says about it. Check this out:
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
You see, believing is sort of the same as accepting that something is real. For example, I can believe that eating right and exercising will burn fat off my body. However, simply believing that truth doesn’t burn the fat off of me because I have not acted upon the belief concerning losing weight. The devils know that there is only one God. They also know that Jesus was born and was placed in a manger. They believe that he grew and gave his life for us. They believe that on the third day, God raised him up from the grave and that Jesus is now on the right hand of power. They believe! So does that mean that the demons are saved? No, it does not.
So How Is The Blood Applied?
The Bible is clear on the process of having the blood applied to your life. Let’s look at the verses of scripture that point us to this truth.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
To have sins remitted there must be the shedding of blood. The Jews would bring the lamb to the temple to be sacrificed as an atonement for their sins. Because of the grace of God, we no longer have to provide a yearly lamb, for the Lord provided himself a lamb, Jesus. The blood that was shed was given to remove your sin. However, the shedding of the blood did not automatically get applied to your life on the spot. Let’s look at the next verse.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This scripture states that in order to get your sins remitted, you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. You can check out my article on Baptism. Notice how the steps here include repenting. It is evident that repentance alone does not constitute a rebirth. Once you have been buried with Christ in Baptism (Romans 6:4), you die with Him and receive the blood atonement in your life.
Third, You Receive The Holy Ghost
Now that you have repented and have the blood applied to wash your sins away, your heart is opened to receive the Lord. He will come in and sup with you. The Holy Spirit is the new owner of your heart, soul, and mind. He will show you all the things according to what has been written in the scriptures. Your goal as a growing Christian is to serve Him with your complete strength and efforts.
You will know that you have received the Holy Ghost within you when you naturally begin to be active in the fruit of the Spirit. This is the key to knowing you are a new creature.
Once a growing Christian has been baptized in the Holy Ghost, scripture confirms that many signs and wonders will occur. They will cast out demons, speak in other tongues and heal the sick. That is part of the evidence of having the Holy Ghost.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Lastly, You Are Born Again! Hallelujah!!
The bible states that you are born again when you have been born of the water and the Spirit. Without this birth, Jesus said you cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). You can read more on the two baptisms in the “Baptisms – Water and Fire” page.
FAQs For A Growing Christian
As a believer, will we make mistakes? Yes. Your decision to renounce your sinful life means you sacrificed your flesh desires to do what pleases the Father. However, we will make mistakes but this is different than habitually sinning. When we make an unintentional mistake towards God, the blood of Jesus that has been applied will be there to cleanse us. The unintentional sin brings immediate remorse while the intentional sin disregards God’s desires. The blood will not remove the intentional sins until we have completely repented (Hebrews 10:26).
Yes, Scripture teaches us that people were baptized in the spirit before they were baptized in water. If this has happened to you, praise the Lord! You now have to be baptized in water so be sure to get that done. Peter commanded them to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ after they were baptized of the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:48).
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We are happy that you have chosen to serve the Lord. The scripture says that there is rejoicing in Heaven for the lost soul who comes to repentance. This walk is not easy but trusting in the Lord and in the fellowship of the saints, it is possible. If you have more questions, please reach out to us. We would love to help you grow closer to the Lord! Leave us an email on our Contact Us page.