What happens after a person is born again?
2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Any born again Christian can say like Paul “For you have heard of my former life”¦ (Gal 1:3)”. The first thing that one recognizes is the newness of life we find in Christ; We were all born in sin and have been slaves of sin from birth and were by nature the children of wrath (Eph 2:3). If the was anything we knew how to do right is to sin.
But when God saved us, He brought a new creation into our lives. We then turned from being slaves of sin to being slaves of righteousness (Rom 6:19), our old self was done away and we no longer desired sin and all its corruption but the righteous will of God our Father. Our hearts have been changed and washed by the blood of Christ and therefore serve God willingly and not out of a sense of duty. We should therefore live our daily lives making use of the means of grace.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age”¦ Tit 2:13
The term sanctification (Î±Î³Î¹Î±ÏƒÎ¼Î¿ÌÏ‚, hagiasmos) means to set apart for holiness, to purify or make holy. We learn from the bible that after we are born again, God begins a work of sanctification in us to make us pure; He sets us apart from the world and all its corruption unto Himself. Sanctification is progressive and does not take place one time in ones life and then they become perfect, it will continue in all our lives until we are glorified when Christ returns. In sanctification God is building us into the image of Christ that we become conformed to the image of His Son (Rom 8:29).
Glorification is the state by which all believers will be transformed at the final consummation when Christ appears. Our bodies will be changed into the likeness of the body of the Lord after the resurrection (1Co 15:51-57). Then we shall never sin no more as this body of death will be done away. There won”™t be any struggle to obey and we shall forever be with the Lord. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria