The Root and Fruit of Salvation

Sep 29, 2015 1448

Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you (Rom. 8:7-8).

When we accept Christ’s blood as an atonement for our sin, Christ comes to live in us by his Spirit. And when he comes in he reigns over the sin in our lives. While our sin remains it no longer reigns. The Spirit of Christ reigns instead.

We are still tempted to do wrong, but our temptations are now restrained by the indwelling Spirit. He has become our first love in place of the addictions that previously dominated our lives.

How can we be sure that we belong to Christ? Scripture says, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Rom 8:9). When Christ comes to live in you he does so in order to live out his life through you. He saves you by his grace and then transforms you by his indwelling Spirit.

You are justified by what Jesus did for you on the cross, and sanctified by what he is doing in you by his Spirit. His death on the cross is the root of your salvation; what he is now doing in you is the fruit of salvation.

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