(Condensed from SWM BB07). “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation” (Heb. 6:9). Good News! At the time you receive Christ, you may be unaware and unknowing, of all that comes “bundled” with Christ. At salvation, Christ welcomes you into the family of God (John 1:12) with at least 17 “bundled” unearned and unexpected gifts: faith, belief, repentance, atonement, imputation, reconciliation, ransom, regeneration, justification, grace, mercy, propitiation, adoption, redemption, sanctification, peace, and eternal life. Note: There could be more! Good News! When you receive Jesus, you also receive all of Him which includes these 17 “bundled” things. Inconceivable! Also it seems that 10 are permanent and 7 are provisional.
Ten Permanent: Atonement, Ransom, Imputation, Reconciliation. Regeneration Justification, Propitiation, Adoption, Redemption, Eternal Life. These are a one-time permanent act of God given equally to all who are “in Christ.” They are permanent so they cannot be taken away, returned, removed, changed, lost, repeated, or altered. You do not have the power or choice to lose them, earn them, or return them. They are permanently yours whether you want them or not.
Seven Provisional: (provided as/when needed) Faith, Belief, Repentance, Peace, Grace, Sanctification, Mercy. Provisional means these are always available as/when needed. Why? There are “times” you need more faith, more grace, more mercy, or more peace. They may vary, interchange, decrease, increase or change according to present needs. They are equally and exuberantly given to all who are in Christ. Know that they are always available and accessible. Note: Salvation is a one-time permanent act of God, but sanctification is a life-time process. The world conforms us but the word of God transforms us (Rom. 12:1-2).
Note: These seventeen “things” come only with Christ. They are equally given to all who receive Christ without preferences or partially. No one has more or less than the other. Note: When I asked Carlene’s dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage, he said, “Nope, you must take “all” of her, not just her hand.” When you have His Son, you also have all the Son possesses. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Simply put, “When you hath the Son you also hath all that comes with Him.” Note: There are only two groups of people (1) Those in Christ (2 Thess. 4:13) (2) Those without Christ (Eph.2:12).
Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Christ (John 3:16; John 1:12). Don’t die without Christ. A question that must be answered (Heb.9:12), “Do you hath the Son?” Incomprehensible! Know when you “hath” the Son you also “hath” all things that come with Christ.
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