Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
When I was born again, I became very aware of the sinfulness of sin, my sin, and the holiness of God. I knew no one goes to heaven without repentance. Before the Holy Spirit came to dwell within me, I thought I was a pretty good person and headed for heaven. What a delusion! God is a holy God, and when I was saved He began a work of sanctification in my life. Among other things, the Lord began to change my heart in areas dealing with love, forgiveness, honesty, and charity. I know He will continue His work of sanctification in me until I leave this earth. If anything stands out in my mind from those early days, it is that God is holy. We are told in Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
When I was born again, I knew that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the whole world. I knew that no one goes to heaven without believing the Gospel, and in Jesus Christ. That is, believing that Jesus is God, that He paid the penalty for our sins on the cross by His blood atonement, and that He rose from the dead on the third day after He was crucified. I knew that other “religions” do not lead a person to heaven. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God pointed me to Jesus, and I’ve been telling people about Him ever since.
When I was born again,I became aware of the spiritual realm, that it was very real. I also knew that the devil was real. A fear came over me until I became more aware of Christ’s authority.
Matthew 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
When I was born again, I knew I needed to witness to Roman Catholics. I was surrounded by Roman Catholics. My family, co-workers, neighbors, and friends were, for the most part, Roman Catholic. My husband (also newly saved) and I began to witness to everyone, and to give out bibles. We witnessed at work, in the neighborhood, and on the street corners. The Holy Ghost, the precious Holy Ghost, and God’s awesome Word led us to witness to the lost. We came into contact with many Pastors and church people during our almost twenty years of knowing the Lord. Can you imagine our shock when we realized that most of the professing Church either accepted Roman Catholics as Christians, or had no desire at all for Catholic evangelism. The Holy Ghost told us to witness, the professing church tells us don’t witness. (Evangelicals & Catholics Together “ECT” document signed by well know evangelicals agree not to evangelize Roman Catholics.) Another sign that the church is in apostasy.
When I was born again,I also knew that there was a place called hell. Jesus taught about hell. (Matthew 7:14; Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-31) This was something I never gave any thought to before.
2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When I was born again I knew that “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30