From the moment we say YES to God, He starts to change us from what we were to what He wishes us to be. He changes us from being dead in sin, and unbelief in His Son, to life, belief, trust and faith. An awesome exchange indeed!
First, after saying yes, we become “alive.” Ephesians 2:1-3 explains that “He has made you alive, (you) who were once dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience; among whom we also had our way of life in times past, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
We also receive a new heart and a new Kingdom oriented set of desires as Ezekiel 36:26 says “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
This transformation may take an earthly life time and be smooth or difficult, painless or otherwise, but not only is it for our own good, it is mandatory. It is what our God requires of us. Our hearts will be opened to embrace and wallow in His Truth. Recognising God’s Truth, that truth with a capital “T” makes all the pain and discomfort worthwhile. When one recognises His Truth, all else pales into insignificance – all else becomes of no value to us.
We will also develop an insatiable hunger for more of the Lord and a joy to work for Him and His Kingdom, not as a duty or a requirement, but as an act of praise and worship which comes naturally to a transformed heart. We are “born again” and our inner person is being transformed, morphed into a new person for as Jesus tells us in John 3:3“Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
From the time we become “born-again” God will move us on to become more Christ like as Romans 8:28-30 says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers. But whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, those He also justified. And whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
In one sense, in a positional sense, we become perfect immediately, as Romans 4:5 says and we are clothed in righteousness which allows us to stand before God without fear of condemnation, thanks to the propitiational sacrifice of Jesus for us. And as Ephesians 1:3 says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.”
Not only has God changed us inside, we have been changed positionally too, as Ephesians 2:6 tell that God “has raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.”
God has not only changed us inside, He has made us alive and sat us in the heavens with Jesus. But there is more! Having declared that, by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus His Son, God has declared us righteous (justified) and just keeps working on us to conforming us, sanctifying us, to the perfect image of His Son. Earlier it was mentioned that we are legally perfect, it is God’s aim to make us so in all other ways, so that, as Colossians 2:10 says “you (we) are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power”.
All this and more, just because we said YES to Jesus, and believed in Him.