New Believer? Step One: Settle These Truths in Your Heart

So, you heard the good news about Jesus and all He's done for you and you trust Jesus for eternal life.

Awesome! You have eternal life with God, for Jesus gives eternal life to whoever believes (John 3:16, 5:24, 6:40).

God doesn't want you to question this, but to know for certain that you have eternal life in Christ.

1 John 5:11 … God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

It is important to take this and everything else that Jesus accomplished through His death and resurrection, and settle these in your hearts as certain facts that you rest on.

Jesus Christ has justified you with God so you never have to justify yourself (Romans 5:1). He has secured God's eternal acceptance

Jesus Himself is your forgiveness and your righteousness; He is also your peace with God (Ephesians 2:14).

Therefore, whether due to your own moral failure, or a lack of spiritual growth, persistent addictions, or the accusation of another, anytime you, the believer, question God's favor, or doubt that you have eternal life, or become unsure of God's acceptance, simply look to Jesus Christ crucified for your sins, and let the Holy Spirit assure you that His promises are faithful and true.

Here are four amazing truths to settle in your heart.

Jesus has brought you into a new relationship with God—God now relates to you as Father, and you are His son or daughter. This can never change. My children are my children even if one day they decide they no longer want me as their father. However sweet or rotten your behavior, however obedient or disobedient, you are always a son or daughter, and the Father is always your father who loves you.

Jesus Christ has bestowed on you a new identity; you are chosen of God, holy and beloved to Him (Colossians 3:12). That's how God sees you. You have a new identity, the old has passed away. (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).

Jesus Christ gives you a new position. You are in Christ. The Father no longer sees you in your sin but in Christ, not according to your works but according to Christ's work in your place. The guilt and shame of your sinful self has been crucified with Christ and you now bear His righteousness.

The apostle Paul therefore exhorts us to  "lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth." (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Jesus Christ has also given you a new standing in God's grace,

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand…

By faith, take your stance in Christ against doubts, Satan, preoccupation with sin, self-justification.

Each of these truths are already yours as a believer in Jesus Christ. Accomplished for you. Granted by His grace. None of which can be forfeited, lost, or taken away.

But they can too often be forgotten or ignored.

The Christian's challenge is to settle these great truths in their minds and hearts, to abide in Christ, and to live out the truth of God's grace in the fellowship and the power of the Holy Spirit.