Salvation’s Transformation

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17

When a person trusts Jesus Christ as his/her savior, changes will occur.  Others will see the transformation in them.  You won’t see perfection in a Christian, but what you will see is that something will be different in that person. You will see some evidence that a person has a relationship with Christ.

Now, it’s very important to understand that we aren’t talking about being saved by works. You aren’t a Christian because you don’t curse or smoke or cut people off in traffic or because you go to church or give money to charity.

Rom. 3:23 -26: Everyone sins and comes up short of God’s glory, but through Christ we are forgiven of those sins. A Christian is someone who calls on Christ to save them from their sins.  You’ll see these differences more clearly in some Christians than in others – we’re all a work in progress and we all grow in Christ at different rates. But eventually the person who is following Christ will:

1) They will love the Lord Jesus Christ

We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

2) They will hate Sin

Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Rom. 12:9)

3) Followers of Christ Will Want To Pray

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)

4) They will want to study God’s word and apply Biblical Teaching

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

5) They will turn from the works of the flesh

The works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like. (Gal. 5:19-21)

6)  They will produce the Fruits of the Spirit in their life

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Ga. 5:22-23)

7) They will live by faith

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for