Why should a person become saved? What are the benefits?
Can we start by asking why a person should not be saved? Then we will look at the benefits of being saved.
Reasons Not To Be Saved
There is one major reason a person may not want to be saved. That reason is that he or she is willing to meet a holy God who will send him/her to hell which eventually ends up in the Lake of Fire.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment . . . to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment. (NASB) 2 Peter 2:4, 9
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire . . . the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (NASB) Rev. 20:15; 21:8
And these will go away into eternal punishment . . . (NASB) Matthew 25:46
1st Benefit of Being Saved
There are several benefits to being saved. The first is that we are at peace with God,
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NASB) Rom. 5:1
and no longer enemies of God (Rom. 5;10),
For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more . . . we shall be saved by His life. (NASB) Rom. 5:10
To be saved means that we are trusting Christ to forgive our sins and give us peace with God. Trusting comes about when we understand that Jesus is God,
. . . looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. (NASB) Titus 2:13
and that He died so that He could forgive our sins,
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (NASB) 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Many Christians are not aware that everyone will live for eternity. The real question is where will we live? We will either live in punishment or with God.
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (NASB) Matthew 25:46
The second benefit of being saved is living forever with God. The righteous are those whom Jesus has forgiven.
The final major benefit occurs while we are still living this life. God helps each person live their life as a Christian, by His Holy Spirit.
|Holy Spirit’s Ministry||Passage|
|Helps Christians pray||Rom. 8:26-27|
|Gives us spiritual gifts||1 Cor. 12:7-11|
|Lives in us||Gal. 5:25|
|Helps us not to sin||Gal. 5:16-21|
|Changes our character||Gal. 5:22-23|
|Teaches us the truth||1 Cor. 2:13-14|
The next benefit is that we are no longer strangers or outsiders to God because we now have a personal relationship with Jesus.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (NASB) Gal. 4:6
We are His children. In fact, someday Christians will reign with Jesus Christ in a kingdom for 1,000 years,
. . .they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. (NASB) Revelation 20:6
Eventually we will spend eternity with God in heaven. Here is a brief description of what heaven will be like,
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (NASB) Revelation 21:3-4
You can find more information about heaven by reading all of Revelation 21-22.
God forgives our sins, starts changing us and some day we will live with God in heaven. Those are the benefits. The disadvantage is eternal punishment.