“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case – the things that accompany salvation.” Heb. 6:9 – 10 (NIV)
“But we have come to a settled persuasion concerning you, divinely loved ones, the things which are better and which are attached to a saved condition of life, even if we also thus speak.” Heb. 6:9 (WUEST NT)
Most believers do not know that they ought to live a better type of life now that they are born again.
Majority think being saved is being converted to Christian Religion or being active in church.
However, it is imperative we inform you that this is not so.
This quiet misconception is the main reason why several who Christ has died for are so filled with paranoia that every prayer they pray is about how they wish God will love them more or if only their enemies would die.
“…dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case…”
We are assured, we are certain, we are convinced, according to the word of God which cannot lie, that there are better things in store for everyone who has received the Lord Jesus as the Savior and Master of their souls. After all, the word of God says,
“But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed.” (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC)
It is very interesting to know therefore that in this present age where several preachers are holding people to ransom and saying, in more than just words, that God can only bless people through them, there are benefits, blessings, advantages and gifts that “…God has prepared [made and keeps ready] for those who love Him…”
Thus, if He keeps benefits for us, if there are better things that are attached to a saved condition of life, then we ought to not only know them but benefit from them to the fullest that the name of God may be glorified.
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case – the things that accompany salvation. Heb. 6:9-10 [NIV]
Brethren, there are “things” that accompany salvation. This is very instructive.
This means there are fringe benefits attached to a saved condition of life.
Salvation does not come alone. There are things that are inseparably joined, fastened, connected, added, glued, nailed and appended to salvation.
When you become born again, there are benefits you automatically qualify for.
Someone once told the story of a man who boarded a train for a three-day journey.
Every morning, afternoon and evening everyone will go over to the canteen on the train to eat.
This man will sit alone in his cabin, nibbling the biscuits he brought for the journey.
After the last evening before they reached their destination, one of the other passengers asked him why he doesn’t like going to the canteen.
“It’s not that I don’t like going…” he replied. “I just can’t afford it.”
“What?” exclaimed the other man, “But it has all been paid for! When you bought your ticket, the meals were paid for, too!”
My prayer is that many of us will not get to heaven only to find out that we did not even utilize one tenth of all that God has prepared and made ready for us to enjoy.
In the next series of this edification article, we will be trusting the Holy Spirit to unravel to us what these benefits that are accruable to us are.
We will be looking at how we are now automatically qualified for grace, faith in God, a completely new life, God’s blessing, anointing, protection, wisdom, love, understanding, sonship, glory, dominion, peace and divine inheritance.
The coming of Jesus was meant to make life easier for everyone of us.
This is why growing up spiritually by understanding the things that are freely given to us cannot be overemphasized.
While there are things attached to salvation, we might never benefit from them except we consciously bend our knees before God and ask for a personal revelation knowledge, that we might understand what we ought to so that God may ultimately be glorified in our lives.
“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.” Ephesians 1:17-19
By studying the depths in the word of God as regards the benefits attached to our salvation, we will begin to see the immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing greatness of the power of God available for us and at work on our behalf to just ensure that we have a bondage-free life.
I challenge you therefore brethren, to let us bow down together, let us sit at His feet and let us hear Him teach us about those things we need to know about our salvation in order to truly enjoy our lives as children of the Almighty God.
To be continued…