A Necesary Response
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This is true for everyone who has been rescued by Jesus from sin. If you have repented and believed in Jesus, you now have a new relationship with Him. This relationship is made possible by the presence of the Spirit of God who now lives within you.
The Holy Spirit gives you power to follow Christ, grants you access into God’s presence through prayer, and enables you to understand the significance of Scriptures for your life. This, in turn, leads you to a new relationship with the Scriptures. The Bible should be to you what milk is to a newborn baby. God’s Word, the Bible, is spiritual food–your source of both nourishment and delight. As you read and meditate on the Bible, you will become spiritually healthy and strong. Regular reading and study of the Scriptures is crucial for your spiritual well-being.
A third evidence of your new life is a new relationship with the saints–that is, other followers of Jesus. When God rescued you from sin through Jesus Christ, he made you part of a new family. God became your Father, you became his child, and other believers in Jesus become your brothers and sisters. This new relationship with others offers special privileges and responsibilities such as worshiping God together, encouraging one another, and learning from His Word. It is your responsibility to meet with others regularly for both encouragement and help in your walk with God. It should be a high priority for a new believer to become a part of a larger group of people committed to following Jesus; we call refer to such a body as a local church.
Hebrews 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.