Our salvation and our position in Christ is Rich as well as Unchangeable. People have asked me what are the benefits and accomplishments of our Salvation and where are they listed.
This list may record similar concepts but they are not synonymous. Each item on the list identifies a separate aspect of our salvation in Christ. These events and doctrines are intertwined and overlapping but they are each individual features of salvation’s enrollment package provided to each believer in Jesus Christ. A list of thirty-three “stupendous works of God which together comprise the salvation of a soul” was presented by Lewis Sperry Chafer in volume three, Soteriology, of his eight volume set entitled Systematic Theology in 1948. The following list is an adaptation of Chafer’s work:
Imputed righteousness – The righteousness of God is imputed to us (1 Cor. 1:30; 6;11; Heb. 10:14; Eph. 1:6; Col. 1:12).
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Justification – Because of our possessing the righteousness of God we are declared righteous and are justified before God.
“For all . . . are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23, 24
Children of God (regeneration) – We are regenerated or born again through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-12; Titus 3:5; Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 2:14).
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12, 13
Communication with the Holy Spirit – With our new life our spirit has communication with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:14).
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16
Imputed everlasting life – We receive the everlasting life of God (1 Cor. 15:22)
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does no have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12
Baptism into Christ by the Holy Spirit – We are placed into Christ or into union with Jesus Christ by being baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:4; Gal.3:27)
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
Propitiation – God has been satisfied or appeased because his holiness has pacified with the death of Jesus paying the penalty for sin (Rom. 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 John 2:2; Hebrews 2:17).
“God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.” Romans 3:25
Reconciliation – God no longer has enmity against the believer. The believer has access to God and is considered by God to be a friend and an ally (2 Cor.5:18-19).
“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:10
Redemption – God has purchased the believer from the slave market of sin (Rom. 3:24; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Gal. 5:1).
“With your blood you purchased men for God.” Revelation 5:9
Forgiveness – We are totally forgiven of our past sins by God the Father. Forgiveness stands ready and available to the believer for present and future sins by returning to God with confession of those sins (Is. 43:25; Is. 44:22; Ep. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 John 1:9).
“He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code.” Colossians 2:13
Removal of condemnation – At the moment of salvation, the sentence of condemnation is removed. The believer is free form the condemnation and wrath of God’s justice. The believer will no longer share in Satan’s final destiny, the Lake of Fire (Rom. 8:1-3)
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever dies not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18
Removal of the dominion of the sin nature – The sin nature does not leave the believer but its authority is replaced with the indwelling Holy Spirit who now has jurisdiction (Romans 6:6-12).
“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” Romans 6:11, 12
Removal of Satan’s power – The believer is freed from the Satan’s kingdom of evil (1 John 5:19; Eph. 6:11-12; Eph. 2:1; Gal. 5:1).
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Colossians 1:12-13
Freedom from the penalty of the Mosaic Law – The believer is delivered from the curse of the Law of Moses that is guaranteed to all who attempt salvation by works (Rom. 6:4; 7:4, 6; 8:2; 13:8).
“All who rely on observing the law are under a curse . . . Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” Galatians 3:10-13
Identification with Jesus Christ – The believer is permanently and forever identified with Christ in his death, burial, resurrection and ascension (Rom. 6:3-12).
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
Indwelling of God the Father – The believer is indwelt by God the Father (John 14:23).
“One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:6
Indwelling of God the Son – The believer is indwelt by Jesus Christ (Romans 8:10).
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit – The believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; John 14:17; Rom. 5:5; 8:9; Gal. 3:2).
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Salvation is sealed – God has sealed your salvation making it permanent and guaranteed by providing his stamp of ownership which is the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13; 2 Tim. 2:19).
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
Soul is circumcised – The believer is separated from his past and unhindered ready to respond to God. His soul is ready to receive from God the new instruction and the new plan for his new life. (Jer. 4:4; Deut. 10:16-17).
“No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.” Romans 2:29
Angelic protection and service – Angels were created to serve God. Our position in Christ places us inline to receive angelic assistance in life (Heb.2:7; 1 Co. 6:3).
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Sins judged – Our sins received the full penalty of judgment on the cross. Christ was not punished for his sins, but ours. Our sins were judged and the penalty was given to Christ to pay. (Lev. 5:6, 7; Job 8:4; Heb.9:26, 28).
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24
Adopted – We were adopted into the family of God and given full rights and privileges as Sons of God (Romans 8:15; 23; 1 John 3:1-3).
“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:5
Eternal relationship with God – Because of Jesus presence at the right hand of God we have eternal access and eternal relationship with God the Father (James 4:8).
“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13; John 17:24-26)
Placed on the rock of Jesus Christ – Our salvation is based on Jesus who is the eternal rock that can never be shaken or moved. Unless that rock, Jesus Christ, is shaken our salvation is not going to move, let alone, go anywhere. (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 2:20)
“No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:11
A gift to Christ – The believer is a gift given to Jesus Christ by God the Father. This is not a gift that will be taken away (John 17:5; 17:20).
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:29)
Member of the royal priesthood – Each believer becomes a priest before God. Since each of these priests is also a member of the family of God they are called a royal priesthood. Each believer represents themselves before God. (1 Peter 2:5; Rev. 1:6)
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. “ 1 Peter 2:9
A chosen Generation – The word generation can speak of a literal forty year generation or it can refer to a people, a stock, a species or a kind. Believers are a special species or stock of people. Believers are a unique species of people because they are “chosen” which means they are chosen for privilege and opportunity. (1 Peter 2:9; 2 Cor. 5:17)
“Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:14
Gain access to God – Believers have gained access to God because our eternal high priest, Jesus, is at his right hand (Heb. 4:14, 16; 10:19-20; Rom. 5:2)
“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:18
Placed in the “much more” care of God – Believers are objects of his love (Ep.2:4; 5:2), objects of his grace for keeping (Rom. 5:2,3), objects of his grace for service (Eph. 4:7), and objects of his grace for instruction (Titus 2:12-13). We are the recipients of God’s constant and special care (Ep. 1:9; Phil. 1:6; 2:13; Heb. 13:5)
“Since we have been justified by his blood how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath.” Romans 5:9
Partners with Christ – The believers association in partnership with Christ occurs in several areas:
In life – Colossians 1:27
In position – Colossians 3:1
In service – 1 Corinthians 1:9
In suffering – 2 Timothy 2:12
In prayer – John 14:12-14
In marriage – 2 Cor. 11:2; Ep. 5;25-27
In anticipating his return – Titus 2:13; Heb. 10:13
We inherit Christ’s eternal future – Instead of participating in Satan’s future we inherit Christ’s future (1 Peter 1:4; Col. 3:24).
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” Hebrews 9:15
Citizens of the heavenly city – Believers are citizens (politeuma) of heaven and our names are listed with full rights and recognized legal standing in this eternal city even while we live on earth (Ep. 2:19)
“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there.” Philippians 3:20
Members of the royal family of God – Jesus is titled “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev.19:16). Believers make up that coalition of “kings” and “lords” that Jesus has assembled as his family members. The family of God is a family of royalty.
“The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses nd dressed infine linen, white and clean . . . On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords.’ ” Revelation 19:14, 16
Fellowship with believers – Believers are placed in a state of union with every other believer in time through the family ties associated with being in the family of God and with being in the body of Christ (John 17:11, 21-23).
“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” 1 John 1:7
Light in the Lord – The verse “God is light” means he is transparently holy with no moral darkness. The believer is this same light by their position in Christ. In life the believer is to let this light shine in how they live their lives in this dark world. (Matt. 5:14-16; 1 John 1:7)
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
United to the Trinity – Believers are intimately united with the Trinity:
Believers are in God the Father (1 Thess. 1:1)
God the Father is in believers (Ep. 4:6)
Believers are in God the Son (Ep. 1:4; Jn. 15:5)
God the Son is in believers (Col. 1:27; Jn. 15:5)
Believers are in the Holy Spirit (Mt. 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; maybe-1 Co.12:13)
God the Holy Spirit is in believers (1 Cor. 2:12; Ep. 2:2; Rom. 8:9; 1 John 4:13)
Glorified – At the point of salvation God sees us as glorified in heaven and already in the final state of complete salvation. This will become an experiential reality when Jesus Christ returns.
“Those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:30
“We know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2
Fullness – Each believer is full and complete in Christ even to the state of being in a position above every spiritual power and authority.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9, 10
Spiritual blessings – At the moment of salvation every spiritual blessing in Christ is bestowed on us. Many of them are listed here but there are surely more. Understanding and accessing these blessings comes through understanding the word of God and maturing in our lives as believers.