At What Point Are We Saved?


The Bible teaches that we transition from lost to saved when the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us. 

6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (Rom. 8:6-9 NIV)

This passage in Romans is quite clear on the matter. If the Holy Spirit does not govern or influence you, he doesn’t dwell in you! If you do not have the Spirit, you do not belong to Christ. Either the Spirit lives in you and influences you, or you are lost! There are no saved people who do not have the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit saves us at the exact moment He comes to live within us. The Scriptures teach that His indwelling is simultaneous with our sins being taken away. This conclusion is not controversial with most Bible students. The controversy comes into play when we attempt to pin down when the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us. The Bible does give us clues as to when it happens.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Baptism