INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
      The Bible says in Colossians 2:6, "Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him." In this lesson, you will learn how to live in fellowship with Christ. When you were born physically you were born only once.

When you receive Christ you are born spiritually, and again you are born only once. This is what John 3 call, "the new birth." Physically you cannot be reborn every Sunday and this is also true with your spiritual birth.

      TRUTH 1-ASSURANCE OF SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE

      What is eternal life? John 17: 3 says, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." In other words, eternal life is Jesus in your heart (spirit). This means that when Jesus enters your life, He will give you a new life and you will live eternally with Him in heaven. 
First John 5:12 says, "He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son of God does not have life."
      What happens when you sin after you receive Christ? You do not lose your salvation! Let me explain. I have three children, and sometimes they disobey me. Do you think that I make them leave forever? Of course not! They are my children and I love them. What I do is correct them, teach them, and discipline them. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:7-8, "Endure hardship as discipline. God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father. If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons."
      The Bible says in John 1:12, "To those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." Therefore, a son of God will be corrected when he sins. If not, you aren't really a son of God. But a true son cannot lose his salvation because he has eternal life.
      If you sin after you receive Christ, God will discipline you in order to train you to walk in the right ways. He will not take away your salvation. Your salvation is eternal and eternal means forever. 

TRUTH 2-BE BAPTIZED!

Jesus says in Matthew 28: 19, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and ofthe Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And teaching them to do everything I have commanded you."

Maybe you were baptized when you were a baby. Jesus says that only those who are his followers have the right to be baptized. You were not a follower of Christ when you were a baby. You did not know anything about Jesus. You only became a follower of Christ when you accepted Him in your life through faith and repentance. 

Why shouldn't you be baptized as a baby? Because baptism is a symbol (a means of identification) that you are a follower of Christ.

In the Bible all of the followers were baptized by immersion after they received Christ. What is immersion? When someone baptizes you they will put your whole body under water momentarily. Why? Because this is a symbol of the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus. You cannot do this when you are a baby, but you should do this after you receive Christ. 
Romans 6:3-4 says, "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death, we were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." 

The water does not save us. Only Jesus Christ saves. Your baptism is the first symbol that you really are a follower of Christ. If you do not know where to be baptized, ask your pioneer, or write a letter to the author of this study explaining where you have been saved and he will indicate a church to you.

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