Summary: A message about the changes in a person’s life after a salvation experience.
SIXTY SECONDS AFTER SALVATION
INTRO: A fellow pastor recalls: “When I was still a teen-age boy I left the little town where I was born and went to the big city to work. In the city I found a room with a nice family. They had something in their home that I had never seen. It was a gas water heater. First, you would light the gas jet. By the time you turned on the water, it would be getting hot. The heating process was indeed swift.”
Salvation is like that. Jesus assures us that we are saved the instant we come to Him in saving faith. When a baby is born into the world, all of its surroundings are strange and new. Doctors say there are fifty or sixty changes that take place in a new-born baby in the first few seconds of life. When a person is born spiritually, many new changes take place immediately. Let’s look at some things that happen SIXTY SECONDS AFTER SALVATION.
I. WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW IT.
Take the case of Andrew. He always appears as a quiet, reserved man. As soon as he met Jesus, he ran home to tell his brother, Simon Peter, of his wonderful discovery and experience. Then he did the greatest thing anyone can do for another. “He brought him to Jesus” (John 1:42). This is the natural reaction of every new-born Christian. This is one of the evidences that a person is truly saved.
ILLUS: Think of the woman at the well. Jesus dealt with her. She gave her heart to him. She left her waterpot, ran back to town and brought the townspeople to Jesus. There is no doubt that she was saved.
II. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE.
When we are saved God gives us the same spiritual life that we will have when we have been at home with God for a million years.
ILLUS: 25 years ago a baby was born in a hospital. He weighed only a few pounds. He had to be pampered and coddled to enable him to live. Now he is 6’2" tall and weighs 200 pounds. There is a vast difference in the baby and the man. Yet the life he now has is the same life he had 25 years ago.
Our spiritual life grows in the same manner that our physical life grows. We feed the physical body on physical food, engage in physical exercise. Then our bodies grow. If we feed on spiritual food, engage in spiritual exercise, then our spiritual lives will grow.
III. WE BECOME THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
Read John 1:12. Today we hear many preachers proclaiming that all men are the children of God. They want to be tolerant and broadminded. This sounds good, but it is not true to the Bible.
There are many advantages to having God as our Father. One is that we have direct access to Him through the Lord, Jesus.
ILLUS: One day a minister was having lunch with a Catholic friend. He asked him why he prayed through the Virgin Mary. He answered, “It is because she is closer to Jesus than anyone else. She can get His ear and attention.” He said, “Suppose you wanted to have an interview with the president of the U.S. You could not go to him direct. You would have to go through some high official. It is the same way with coming to God. You must ask Mary to use her influence to get through to God.”