"Christ died  for our sins  according to the Scriptures,"


Being saved is Amazing

I read an article by Dan Miller (https://forgodsfame.org/2011/03/16/33-things-that-happen-at-salvation/#comments) where he gave a summary of what happens to a person at the moment of salvation. He gave a list of 33 things. Allow me list a few. This is based on Ephesians 1 and 2 as well as Colossians 1 and 2. Not forgetting Peters teaching.

“At the moment of salvation:
1. I am justified (declared right) with God by God on behalf of Jesus.
2. I am made a child of God.
3. I have access to God.
4. I am reconciled to God.
5. I am forgiven.
6. I am placed “ in Christ.”
7. I am acceptable to God.
8. I have a Heavenly citizenship.
9. I am made a member of the family and household of God.
10. I have a Heavenly association with God’s creation.”

The reality is that there are eternal realities that take place, yet I also feel that God protects us from a lifestyle of addiction.

No longer Hell Bound but Heaven Bound

As a believer, we are set free from the penalty of our sin, which is hell. My eternal destination has changed; I am now a citizen of Heaven. When regeneration takes place, I am taken out of the kingdom of darkness and placed into the kingdom of his light.   

What about temporal or earthly lifestyle

I found myself this week, pointing to people with noticeable addiction of alcohol and drugs while driving with my son. My words were: “son, do you see that young man standing there, he was also a 11 year old loved by his parents like you” I tried helping my son understand that choices have life changing consequences. No one chooses a life of addiction, yet when we experiment with substances the possibility of addiction is very high. One of the reason why my wife and I are committed to the Lord and a total abstinence form substance like alcohol. 

Can we also add to the list above that a saved person is one addict less in this world? When someone gets saved, he is not only moved from the road that leads to Hell to the highway of Heaven. That person will also be used of God to be an example of a life free of addiction. 

So Jesus is not only the one who can deliver and set people free from any addiction. He is also the one who can keep us from the pain of addiction and its consequences.

Let’s pray for our children to have a personal encounter with Jesus, so that self-inflicted pain can be avoided and pain of life be better prepared for.



Rev. Brandon Oliveria

03 Grenadiers Street,

Booysens Park,

Port Elizabeth, 6059

Cell: 0614024831

Email: pastor@ebcosape.co.za