Hell is a real place! Jesus tells a story in Luke 16 (not a parable) of a rich man that died and buried. The very next words say, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…”. This man rejected Christ while he was alive so now he has to pay the price for sin himself.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – Romans 6:23
We deserve hell because that is what he have earned (our wages), but God in his mercy, offers us the perfect gift of his son Jesus Christ! Anyone that accepts his gift will be saved from hell and spend eternity in heaven! Praise God! Never having to go to hell is the greatest benefit of salvation!
We are Adopted
Before salvation, we are seen as a criminal standing before a just judge. All the evidence is against us, there is no hope for escape, and the judge has no choice but to issue out the punishment for our sins. But, with salvation, that all changes…
“(6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
(7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” – Galatians 4:6-7
Once we are saved, we have been adopted by God! We become heirs to God through Christ! We are no longer seen as a criminal standing before a judge, but as a son standing before his father! We will still be punished when we sin, but we will always have our heavenly Father and the place that he is preparing for us.
Once we get saved, the Holy Spirit, part of the godhead, indwells us! We have been bought with a price! Our body is not our own!
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” – I Corinthians 3:16
The Holy Spirit helps give us discernment in our daily lives. He shows us what is right and wrong, what is God’s will and what isn’t, and how to handle certain situations. Unfortunately, the Spirit can be quenched if we fail to yield to him, but if we allow him to work in our life, he will never fail us.
The Bible is written specifically for God’s people. If you aren’t saved, you are going to have a hard time understanding God’s word to his people.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26
The Holy Spirit is who gives us understanding of the Bible. He indwells us and desires for us to read and understand the Bible, so if there is ever a part of the Bible that you don’t understand, just pray to God for understanding and he will give it to you.
“(20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
(21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” – II Peter 1:20-21
As Christians, we have the author of the Bible inside of us! Praise God that he gives us understanding of the Scripture!
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” – John 9:31
After salvation, we have direct access to God! As our father, God desires to hear from us on a regular basis and wants to build a relationship with us. Everyone desires a better relationship with their children and God is no different.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
God wants us to ask him for help! He desires for us to lean on him throughout our daily lives. Too often, we limit our prayers to God on smaller issues because we don’t want to “bother” God with our larger problems. God raised people from the dead, healed the blind, turned water into wine… God wants to do the big stuff! He already saved our souls from hell without a second thought… what’s bigger than that? With salvation, we can pray to God and build a relationship with Him.
Here’s the question though… with all of these great benefits that God gives us… are we using them? Or are we going through life on our own abilities? We need to make sure we use these benefits every day!