What Happens When a Person Gets Saved?

 

When we repent to God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, some wonderful things happen to us. We are forgiven of all our sins and delivered from God’s condemnation and eternal punishment. As a result, for the first time in our lives we have untold happiness and peace. We can’t help but love the Lord Jesus who died for us on the cross.

Forgiven, delivered, and born again

Being forgiven by God and delivered from eternal punishment are truly wonderful, yet there’s even more! Perhaps the most amazing thing that happens to us when we believe in the Lord Jesus is that we’re born again, or, regenerated.

What do the words born again mean? Some think it’s a figure of speech, like the saying turn over a new leaf, meaning you set out to be a better person. But being born again is more profound than that. According to the Bible, born again isn’t a metaphor for having a new beginning. It’s an actual birth, spiritually, with God’s life.

Why do we need to be born again?

Since we’re forgiven, isn’t that enough? Why do we need to be born again?

We were born with the physical life of our parents, and through them, we have our human life. But God wants us to have His divine life in addition to our human life. We obtain His divine life by believing in Christ and being reborn with the divine life of God.

Regardless of whether we’re a good person living the most moral life, quite the opposite, or somewhere in between, every one of us needs to be reborn spiritually to have the divine life of God.

In John 3:3 the Lord Jesus makes it clear that we all must be born again:

“Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

For His plan to be worked out, God wants us to be people who are not just forgiven and cleansed, but also who possess His divine life.

Two births

This is why God created us as vessels to contain Him. And for this, He made us with a human spirit, the deepest part of our being. Our spirit is able to contact, receive, and contain God.

The Lord Jesus said in John 3:6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” “Born of the flesh is flesh” refers to our physical birth, and “born of the Spirit is spirit” refers to our spiritual birth.

“The Spirit” is the Spirit of God, and “spirit” is our human spirit. When we believe in Jesus Christ, our human spirit is born of the Spirit with the divine life of God.

How can this be possible?

God is holy and righteous. How can He give His eternal, divine life to sinful human beings? Because of the death of Christ on the cross, God can forgive and thoroughly cleanse all who repent and believe in Him. Now the holy and righteous God can come into our spirit and beget us with His life.

We need to realize that God’s forgiving us, cleansing us, and delivering us from eternal punishment is so that we can have His eternal life.

To illustrate, let’s say we want to pour delicious juice into a cup. But there’s a problem—the cup is filthy. We first have to wash the cup; then we can fill it with juice.

Similarly, God wants to fill us with Himself as the divine life, but first we sinners need to be cleansed with the blood of Jesus. Once we believe and are cleansed, the divine life can enter into us with no obstacle.

A hymn by Charles Wesley beautifully speaks of what the Lord Jesus did for us so we could be born again. Here are a few lines:

“Mild He lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.”

Being reborn makes us God’s children

Just as being born physically of our parents makes us their child, being born of God spiritually makes us a child of God.

John 1:12-13 tells us of this fact:

“As many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Isn’t it amazing that we human beings can have God’s divine life and be His children? What wonderful things happened to us when we were saved!

For all eternity we’ll thank the Lord Jesus for dying on the cross for us so we could be forgiven and washed of our sins. We’re so thankful we’re no longer under God’s condemnation, headed for eternal punishment. But we thank God that His salvation goes even further. We were born of the Spirit in our spirit! We have the life of God!

With the apostle Peter, we offer up this praise:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Pet. 1:3).”


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16 thoughts on “What Happens When a Person Gets Saved?

  1. That without Christ you are nothing but a dirty rag. With Christ all your sins would washed away. All your burden would be relieved of you.

  2. It is just so good to know truth because truth makes us free. Having eternal life is now – not when we die. This means that we have the quality of life our LORD Jesus Himself had. This quality of life may be referred to as abundant life also. It is not subject to sickness, poverty or damnation. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. The new creature in Christ knows no defeat, he is an overcomer because of Christ’s redemption.

  3. Thank you so very much. I recieved Jesus as my Savior at age 7. I knew I was saved and also reborn. When I accepted Him as my Savior a terrific load of guilt and shame and all the rest was suddenly gone. So I understand the Reborn part.
    But I never realized what it meant totally and what you have said makes it very so very clear to me now. I have kept trying to figure out if I don’t repend for eveery sin every day will I be lost. I know better but how does it work. Weill I finally after 68 years of saying the Lord’s Prayer almost everyday, from what you say I don’t have to worrry about being lost again. Plus Like Jesus said I will never let anyone snatch you from my hands.

    Thank you gain for your complete explanation of being “reborn”

    God Bless your organization

    1. Hi Jim,

      Thank you for your comment. We’re so happy you found this post helpful. You’re right, once we receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior and are reborn with His divine life, we don’t have to worry about being lost again! We can simply enjoy a sweet relationship with Him in prayer and fellowship each day, confessing when we need to, but knowing that our eternal destiny is secure. What a wonderful salvation He’s given us!

      If you’d like to read more along these lines, you might appreciate chapters 2 and 3 of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, one of the free books you can order from our online bookstore. There are also some videos on this topic here available on our YouTube channel.

  4. I used to think of it like a metaphor. Now I really understand it is an actual birth. Im so glad it really is an actual birth for us to be with Him all eternity. God loves us Im thankful for His love.

  5. PRAISE THE LORD FOR MY HUMAN SPIRIT WHERE GOD (TRIUNE) MEETS ME AND WHERE I CAN ALWAYS TURN TO. IT’S OUR SPECIAL MEETING PLACE WHERE WE COMMUNE DAY BY DAY, HOUR BY HOUR AND MOMENT BY MOMENT.
    I’M SO THANKFUL FOR HIS SALVATION SO RICH AND FREE TO US WHO BELIEVE!

  6. I’ve always viewed a born again experience as a life changing event. One that you will definately know when it happens. From my experience though it has been easy to confess my sins to God but much harder to have that kind of experience for whatever reason (not enough faith/not enough sorrow for my sins). It seems that if you’re waiting for a big feeling or change before actually believing you’re already saved then you’re pretty certain not to ever receive what you’re looking for. So somehow you have to believe based on what God has said rather then how you feel at that moment after prayer. I guess that’s the essence of faith. Not particularly easy to accomplish though for some people, like me.

    1. The divine life, which is simply the Triune God Himself, is our salvation. To experience our salvation we need to learn how to live in and with this divine life. A quote from the Life-studies of Deuteronomy, message 21, helps in our understanding of this:
      “Although we have received the divine life, we are not accustomed to living by this life. We may never have had the thought of living by the divine life. Instead, we continue to trust in our old life. We may even pray for the improvement of the old life……”
      As Christians it is crucial for us to see that we have actually received the eternal, uncreated life of God. Then, we must believe that we have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). And then we must practice living in and with the divine life. We Christians are “practicing” folks. The more we enter into this living, the more we experience salvation. Praise the Lord!

  7. Regeneration is a very crucial step in the experience of life for every believer. Without this solid experience our growth in the Lord would suffer with doubts and fears. I am thankful for the clear presentation of the truths in the Bible for anyone to be born anew. We can declare the Spirit is in my spirit and I have the life of God!

  8. If we are given a new birth and a new identity in Christ. The fact that we are blameless now, because of the blood of Christ, does that mean in the spiritual sense we cannot sin anymore? I understand that while in the flesh we stumble therefore we confess our sins as john 1 says. So, question is does my new identity is it correct for me to say that I cannot sin at all since my mentality is renewed and that it is a reality? Yet at times I stumble, can my new identity or birth allow me to call it a sin recognizing that as a new creature,with the divine life I cannot sin?

    1. That’s a good question! Yes, the Bible clearly tells us that as believers who have been born again, we can still sin. 1 John 1:9, a verse written to Christians, tells believers that when we sin we need to acknowledge that sin and confess it to the Lord. We have some other blog posts on these matters that you might find helpful:

      http://biblesforamerica.org

      http://biblesforamerica.org

    2. For all men have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, “all”, sin is forgiven. Know that it is impossible to out sin the blood of Jesus Christ, can’t be done.

  9. I cannot overemphasize the wonderful benefit of joining together with Christ in salvation. Hell must have been a serious concern for God to have sacrificed His only son to save us.

  10. Does anyone know about the teaching that the Blood of Jesus literally flows through our veins once we are born again? I recall being taught something about this many years ago and am wondering about it, if it is indeed true and if so what scripture was referred to, etc.

  11. I know from experience of being born again that as I studied Gods Word that I hungered for more of God and my desires begin to change. My life was transformed and continues everyday. I do die daily, not perfect and make mistakes, but my focus is to live like Jesus wants me to, not because He draws me to change but I want to please Him more then pleasing myself. It’s like, when I really saw who Jesus was then I began to see who I really am, through Him. It frees you to know Him as my personal Savior.

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