HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 5: The Spirit gives new believers confidence in their new relationship with God

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12

It was seven years after we started journeying with Victoria towards Christ when she finally took a step of faith and received Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. 

She grew up understanding that she needed to fulfil some religious rituals, recite memorised prayers and meet God’s standard of behaviour to please God. She felt like a failure every time she could not meet God’s standard, and it caused her to distance herself from anything related to religion and church. 

After some time, she realised that God is not interested in religious rituals, but instead, he created us in his likeness because God wants to have a relationship with us. The Holy Spirit ministered to her heart and brought Christ’s salvation to her. 

When, like any believer, she faces seasons of doubt, the Holy Spirit reminds her heart of the assurance of her salvation. (1 John 5:1-13) 

The Holy Spirit affirms our identity as God’s children and Jesus’ brothers and sisters even in our deepest afflictions (Hebrews 2:9-11). “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). When we cry to God as “Abba” (which means “Daddy”), the Spirit of God comes alongside our spirit and gives us assurance that we truly are God’s family. Being children of God means we have access to the “throne of grace” through our intimate moments of prayer, any time and from any place. We have the promise that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Children of God, the Holy Spirit declares you are God’s child, and that there is no condemnation for you, because you have been delivered from the curse of the Law. You have freedom and healing because the ability to heal belongs to Jesus.

Discover a massive comfort from our heavenly Father, when we, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, echo our elder brother and Saviour, praying “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6) “Take heart! He has overcome the world!” (John 16:33)

Who You Say I Am – A Child of God

By Hillsong Worship

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?
I was lost, but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
Oh His love for me

Who the Son sets free
Oh, is free indeed
I’m a child of God, yes, I am

Free at last, He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me
Yes, He died for me

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God, yes, I am

In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God, yes, I am

I am chosen, not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me, not against me
I am who You say I am

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 4: The Spirit reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.

Are you ever discouraged when you are having spiritual conversations with a person, that they don’t see Jesus for who he really is – the son of God? Take courage, God is at work. Remember, it is not you but God himself who reveals the truth of the gospel to a person.

In Matthew 16 we read of the time when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Lots of people who encountered Jesus didn’t see Jesus for who he really was. They mistook him for a someone else. Today, many people still make the same mistake. They see Jesus as just a good person who once lived or a great teacher or religious leader, or maybe just a folk legend and not a real person at all.

We read on in Matthew and Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus makes it clear to Peter that God himself had revealed the truth of who Jesus was to him. And it’s the same for the person you are sharing the gospel to. Yes, you need to know the gospel. Yes, you should take every opportunity God gives you to share it with the world around you. But realise that as you share the gospel it is not you that reveals the truth of the gospel, this is the role of the Holy Spirit in a person’s salvation.

So today, pray and ask God to reveal himself and the truth of the gospel in a real, personal, and practical way to the people you are sharing the gospel to. Intercede for those you have shared the gospel to asking the Holy Spirit to minister to them in a way that they would see the truth of the gospel. Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to convict them so they see their need for Christ. Then, continue to share, knowing God is at work!   

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 3: The Spirit uses my circumstances in a person’s salvation.

Have you ever experienced the near-magical phenomenon of moving from strangers to friends in almost no time at all? Jenny and Bryan are two of the many people we fervently prayed for to have a family of their own. We met them at a train station in Singapore, and from there, we invited them to be a part of our small group and eventually shared our lives with them. 

We instantly developed a deep connection by the similarities of the difficulties we experienced in conceiving. We shared our testimony of how we came to hear and understand the gospel, how we responded to it, and the difference this has made in our lives. We shared how God gave us hope through our trials when we realised that we both had issues in our reproductive system. We told them how we had tried every assisted pregnancy procedure available and that even one fertility specialist advised us to adopt a child instead. We shared that it came to a point on the 17th of March 2012, out of desperation and misery, I locked myself in our room and worshipped the Lord. I cried my heart out to Him and right at that moment, God gave me a very clear vision: I was climbing on the mountain and I saw this very, very bright light from somewhere. I sought the source of the light. I dug a hole where the light was coming from. The light was coming from a watch—a man’s watch. Ephraim told me that it seemed like God was telling me to seek Him first and delight myself in the Lord. In His perfect timing, He shall give me the desires of my heart. On the same date, I posted on my Facebook wall as my status, “This stage of my life is called, ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Total surrender to God’s plan’.”

God’s words gave us sufficient comfort and peace, as it says in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”

We shared how we took every opportunity to be prayed for. We sought the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls and the more we got to know him, the more we trusted his goodness and faithfulness despite the raging storm. We also shared how we attended a conference about parenting in our church, boldly claiming that by faith, we will be parents also.

Just like Sarah in the Bible, at exactly one year after I received God’s vision and message, we found out that I was pregnant. God didn’t just show up but he showed-off in our circumstance. We prayed for one child, and he gave us twins! In Habakkuk 2:3 it says, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” 

Fast-forward to my story about Jenny and Bryan. The Holy Spirit used our circumstances in their salvation. They received the Lord as their Saviour, began their new lives in Christ, and already have a family of their own!  

Indeed, the Holy Spirit uses our testimonies and circumstances to illustrate the amazing wonder of God’s work of grace and the personal experience of redemption and transformation.  

With prayer and utmost reliance on the Holy Spirit, God gives us the power to be a witness even before we say a word!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8.

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 2: The Spirit sends believers into people’s lives to be a witness.

“You’re a pastor? I’ve never talked to one before. What’s your favourite Bible verse?”

If ever there was an open invitation to talk about Jesus with someone, this was it. I went to a friend’s birthday celebration on the weekend only to find that everyone I knew who had said they were coming had pulled out at the last minute. I quietly milled around the 30-odd strangers as we waited to be seated at the restaurant and exchanged greetings with strangers. People seemed interested in talking with the birthday girl and her husband or catching up with people they hadn’t seen in a while, so few offered more than a brief hello and goodbye before moving on to someone they recognised.

“Okay Lord,” I silently prayed, “I don’t know anyone here and I’m not the best at making new friends. But if you have arranged a divine appointment for me tonight, I am ready to obey. Please make it clear to me if there’s someone here you want me to talk to.”

As I finished talking to God the waiters finally finished setting the many tables they had pulled together to accommodate such a large group and told us to take a seat. I ended up at the very end of the L formation of tables, away from most of the people, where it looked like I was going to miss out on most of the chatting. But then along came Henry, another party-goer who hadn’t been fast enough to grab a prime seat and ended up at the end of the table, next to me.

“Is this him, Lord?” I asked. There was no discernible confirmation from the Holy Spirit, but I decided to take a step of faith and see where God would lead the conversation.

“I’m a train driver,” Henry said. I asked about his life and he talked about the year-long course he took with the department of transportation, the cultural differences between Australia and his family’s home country, how his marriage had changed him and many other things. We found out we shared a hobby and talked about that for a while.

Henry was interesting, fun and enjoyed getting to know me. I had shown him that I was genuinely interested in him, and so it was only natural for him to ask about my life. He asked about my girlfriend, about my family, and about my job. When I mentioned I met my girlfriend at church he said that was lovely, and moved on. When I told him that my parents were missionaries he was fascinated and asked about the countries they had been to, but made no mention of anything spiritual. When he asked what I did for a living, I quietly asked God, “Would you please take control of this conversation and speak to Henry’s heart through me.” Then I told him I’m a pastor.

Henry was very interested and said that he grew up going to church “only on the big days like Christmas and Easter.” Then he asked about my favourite verse. “This is your opportunity to be a witness for Jesus,” the Spirit seemed to say. So I pulled out my phone and opened up Ephesians 2:1-9 with him. We spent almost an hour looking at those verses, talking about what it meant to be dead in sin, what a ‘child of wrath’ was, the justice of punishing sin, the love with which God gave Jesus, the reality of grace, unity with Christ, and many other things that come up in that passage. Henry said that he had never thought much about these things, but that he now understood how important they are.

I could see that he was taking this seriously, so I took another step of faith and said, “Henry, sin and Hell aren’t just important things to think about. They’re things that impact you. You have sin, and there is a penalty for it. The only ways to pay the penalty are to take Jesus up on His offer to cover your sin for you, or to pay it yourself. I encourage you to consider the state of your soul.”

Henry seemed troubled and thanked me for making it clear to him. He said that he would think about it, and asked if I would like to catch up some time. We exchanged contact details and moved onto other things. The party ended and we parted ways.

Henry is on a spiritual journey. When we catch up we will no doubt talk about our shared hobby as well as all the other things you talk about when you are getting to know someone. But in addition to all that, I will be a witness for Jesus in my words and actions, just like I was at that restaurant over the weekend.

Who’s life is God sending you into? Our days are full of divine appointments that God has set up to give us the chance to speak the gospel into. Learn to look for the Holy Spirit’s prompting throughout the day. Pray and ask Him to help you notice when He gives you an opportunity. Sometimes you will find that people are eager to hear what you have to say about the most important Person in your life. Other times you may find that people don’t want to talk about it. But at all times you will find that God has called you to be a witness, and wherever you go you are sent by the Holy Spirit into the lives of others to help them take the next step in their journey towards Jesus.

HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?

Answer 1: The Spirit helps you recognise opportunities to share Christ with people.

I enjoy playing video games on the computer with my kids. We team up to battle other teams of people from around the world. When we don’t have enough people to make up a team of five, the game assigns us random teammates that match our skill levels. Often there is good chat and banter among the teammates as we play.

One day I really enjoyed chatting with one of my random teammates whose gaming name is “Axes” (changed). He friended me after the game, and I friended him back so we would see when each other was online and could team up. Over time we played several games and started chatting via keyboard in between games too. Eventually he joined in games where my kids were playing also and was amazed to find out that I was not young like him. If I slew someone in a game, he would let them know, “You just got taken out by a man in his fifties!”

We found out that Axes was studying at university right here in Sydney as an international student. A couple of months ago, Axes and several of my kids met up for lunch at the mall in Chatswood and really enjoyed meeting each other in person. Axes was disappointed that I couldn’t be there. So a couple of weeks ago we met with him again and this time I was there. We got off the metro and headed to the restaurant. As soon as we arrived, Axes (yes, we call him by his gamer tag even in real life) knew which person was me. He walked up to me and put his arms around me in a long, warm hug.

Over lunch, I asked Axes to share his story with us. “What made you decide to come to Australia to study?” Without hesitation he answered, “To get away from my family.” Axes trusts us and was opening up to us about pain in his life.

The Apostle Paul asked the Colossians to pray that God would give him opportunities to share Christ with people who were in prison with him: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:3-4).

Paul goes on to then challenge the Colossians to look for those opportunities in their own lives to share Christ with those around them:

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6).

When you say to God, as I have been in recent days, “Please give me opportunities to share what it means to know you with others around me,” you can be sure that God will create those opportunities for meaningful conversations that go deeper than the surface and point to our need for God and a relationship with Jesus. You can also be sure that God wants you to notice those opportunities.

It’s the Holy Spirit who makes you suddenly alert that an encounter you have with someone just turned into a redemptive conversation!

When Axes said that he decided to study in Australia “to get away from my family”, I was instantly aware that this was God opening a door for my witness. I asked him why he wanted to get away from his family and he shared that his parents were super controlling about his every move. He returns home in a couple of months and said he will be “back in the bird cage”.

As the conversation moved on Axes, interested to hear more about my life, asked me about what I do. When I shared that I coach church leadership teams in how to share their relationship with Jesus more effectively with people outside the church, Axes commented that his sister followed him to study in the same Australian university he goes to and that she has become a Christian while at university. She is nervous about how to tell their Buddhist parents about her new faith. He told her it’s good for her to be into whatever she wants.

This gave me the chance to share with him that God has made us for a relationship with him and that our lives will never work how God designed them unless we have that relationship with him that comes through Jesus. It’s not just something we are ‘into’; it’s necessary for life.

Both we and Axes are eager to meet up again before he heads back overseas and I hope his sister is able to join us as well. I want to encourage her about her conversation with her parents and hope that will give a basis for more gospel conversations with Axes too.

I’m thankful that God gave me that opportunity for meaningful conversation with Axes on that day and that the Holy Spirit made me aware that it was an opportunity to speak with him about Jesus.

Ask the Spirit to sensitise you also about the opportunities he places in your encounters with the people around you!

In my weakness YOU ARE STRONG!

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


I was preparing the night before the Ambassadors for Christ Australia dinner when I realised that the two-sided prints of our program sheets were not aligned. I panicked for a while, but after a careful thought, I decided to put a gold ribbon on its side to hide its imperfection.


Some people remarked that I did well in preparing and decorating the program sheets. My husband, who knew what went wrong, told me that the outcome of the program sheets looked great with the gold ribbon


It reminded me that we tend to be critical of ourselves as people. We can even be so encouraging and supportive to other people, but we tend to be hard on ourselves. Those negative thoughts, fear, self-pity, condemnation, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, brokenness, feeling inadequate or not enough, worthlessness, weaknesses and disgrace can be very accessible. We tend to dwell on that space for quite some time, or worse, it becomes a cycle of God’s grace and God’s forgiveness to us.


In Hebrews 4:4-16 it says, “..They shall not enter my rest. Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience..Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.. LET US THEREFORE STRIVE TO ENTER THAT REST, SO THAT NO ONE MAY FALL BY THE SAME SORT OF DISOBEDIENCE. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account..For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who is in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.“

So one conclusion to draw from the warning in the book of Hebrews is that unbelief is such a constant and dangerous temptation that WE MUST FIGHT. Entering into God’s rest depends on our faith. We will not enter into God’s rest — if we do not trust his promises.


If we feel that we are turning to ourselves alone, let’s try to read Corinthians 12:9 again and again until it sinks in our hearts and souls. Let us be reminded that God’s grace can only fill those holes in our hearts because God is the only one who can make our lives sufficient. Let us CHOOSE to enter God’s rest and accept that we are indeed not enough, but God is! After all, he is the creator of all things.


Let us boast all the more gladly about our weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on us! When we yield to him, we will experience his power at work in us, transforming our hearts and minds.


All throughout the Bible, we see that God loves to grow the trust of his people by working through their weaknesses and limitations. Consider barren Sarah, Hannah, Rachel and Elizabeth, the stuttering Moses, Gideon’s small band, the young David versus the giant, Goliath, the young virgin Mary, and the blue-collar Peter among other fishermen who we’re called to be Jesus’ disciples, Jesus himself, who came in the utter weakness and vulnerability of a baby, the lamb who was slain, ultimately demonstrates that it is meek sheep who conquer and win the world. “God chooses what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and what is weak to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27


God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NIV). After God helps you go through a problem or learn to live with a weakness, you can help somebody else with the same difficulty.


Just like our program sheets, God can use our flaws and weaknesses to emphasise the power of his love and to participate in the divine plans God has for the world. Are we willing to celebrate our smallness, trust in God’s power and make ourselves available the next time God prompts us to witness for him to a neighbour, a family, work colleague or the cab driver or the woman behind the counter?


Lord, we acknowledge that we are nothing without you. Thank you that your grace is sufficient. We joyfully accept that you have all the strength and power we could ever need, and we don’t—and so we’re going to need your help! Help us share this valuable peace, joy, hope, and your freeing sufficiency in all things to all the people around us, especially in this day and age. In your sufficiency we trust, Amen!

Have you partnered with Jesus?  

There is no doubt that Jesus was effective in spreading the good news of the kingdom of God here on earth. But have you considered the partnerships Jesus had that enabled him to accomplish the work the Father had given him to do? 

Jesus partnered with his Father and the Holy Spirit. In John 5 we read Jesus saying, “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” verse 19. Again, in verse 30 Jesus says, “I can do nothing on my own”. 

Although fully God, Jesus operated only out of his humanity during his time on earth. He recognised his human limitations and his need for the Fathers divine direction and help through the Holy Spirit to accomplish his purpose. We see an example of this so clearly when Jesus began his ministry. In Luke 4 we see Jesus ministering in Capernaum, first in the synagogue and afterwards in Simon’s house. Mass crowds gathered and bought the sick and the demon possessed to be healed. Then, the very next day, we see Jesus finding a quiet place to be alone with the Father. When his disciples come looking for him, Jesus says to them “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well”. He had his instructions from the Father and went in the power of the Spirit. This is a scene we see often in the gospels; in fact, the busier ministry got for Jesus the more we see him taking time out in prayer seeking the Fathers will. Jesus could only achieve his purpose in partnership with his Father and the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus partnered with other people. In Luke 8:1-3 we see Jesus going “through the cities and villagers, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God”. But do you notice who is with Jesus? It may surprise you … he isn’t alone.

“The twelve were with him”. This may seem obvious but they aren’t the only ones. These twelve are the ones Jesus called to follow him. They are the ones he intentionally trained to share in the ministry of the gospel. Jesus knew his human reach was limited, he knew his time here on earth was limited, he knew his ministry as a man was limited, so he identified and equipped others to multiply his ministry across the world. Jesus modelled a team approach. Even when Jesus sent them out he didn’t send them alone but sent them out as a team of pairs. There are no lone rangers in Jesus’ ministry. 

Then we read, “also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities… and many others” were with Jesus. The very people who benefited from Jesus’ ministry were with Jesus. Why? Because they thought he was a nice guy?  I am sure they did think he was a nice guy, but more than that they had come to believe in who Jesus was and shared his kingdom purpose. They followed Jesus and participated in the ministry he had been called to. These people were the ones “who provided for them (Jesus and the 12) out of their means”. These women, and the many others, may not have been given the gift of evangelism, they may not have been trained for ministry, but they did use what God had given them and partnered with Jesus and the twelve to see the good news of the kingdom of God spread and multiply. 

Do you know why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with his Father and the Spirit? Why I am sincerely grateful Jesus partnered with people? Because I am now one of the beneficiaries of his gospel ministry and, if you believe in Jesus, so are you. 

Is evangelism something you do in your own strength, with your own strategy? Jesus is calling you to stop and seek his direction and serve in response to his Spirit. Are you feeling Jesus calling you to follow him and be trained as a minister of the gospel? Today is the day to trust him, respond in obedience and take that step of faith.  Do you believe in Jesus? Then you are a beneficiary of his gospel ministry. He invites you to provide further for his gospel workers out of your means.  

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

Ephesians 2:8-9

 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”.

Sitting nervously in the car park watching people walk into church one Sunday, Susan said to me, “How can I go in there, I’m not like those other women”.  When I asked her what she meant, Susan explained to me that she didn’t feel as though she was as good as the other women who go to church. In her eyes they seemed to do the right thing and had lived their lives a lot differently to her.

In that moment I saw what was holding Susan back from experiencing a real relationship with Jesus. Susan believed she had to be a good person or do the right thing to be good enough for God and good enough to go to church.

Can you see the lie Susan was believing? This is a lie the enemy wants us to believe because deep down, whether we say it or not, we all know that we have messed up. We know we have sinned and fall short of Gods perfect standard.

Today God wants you to help people understand the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9 that says:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace and his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

The truth is that no amount of good works saves us or makes us good enough for God. It’s by his grace alone we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

I turned to Susan that morning and explained it is most likely that every other woman walking into church has felt like her before. But the good news for us all is that it’s by Gods amazing grace that we have been saved and are made right in his eyes. There is nothing any of us can do to earn Gods love and forgiveness. The good news is God offers us forgiveness as a gift, not because we are good enough or deserve it but because he loves us. All we need to do is receive his gift to us by faith – trusting our lives to him.

I went on to explain to Susan that the women she is judging herself against are no better than she is—they also needed Gods saving grace. They now try to live their lives in response to Gods love for them.

Who in your life feels unworthy to be loved by God?

Who do you know that is striving to live a life that is “good enough”for God?

Maybe the people you know express their belief about being good enough differently to Susan. Maybe they think the roof will cave in if they go to church or think heaven won’t accept them. In any case, they need you to help them understand the truth!

Take time now to memorise Ephesians 2:8-9. Then ask God for an opportunity to share the truth of his grace and our need to respond through faith.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We don’t often think of time as being relative, do we? I mean, there are only so many hours in a day. But according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. Maybe that explains why our good days whiz by, and the bad ones just drag on!

The reality is that if we were to observe time through the lens of velocity or gravity it would dramatically contradict what we assume to be true about the absoluteness of time. That’s why astronauts on the International Space Station age at a slower rate than us here on earth and the GSP systems of our satellites constantly need to be recalibrated. It’s also the reason why your cell phone measures time by the number of vibrations in a stable atom and not the rotation of earth around the sun.

It’s quite mind bending isn’t it? Think of how God sees time. God views time very differently than we do because His frame of reference is far above us. The way God orchestrates our past, present, and future is inexplainable, but it’s important that we remember that God has been, is, and will continue to be, at work in lives of those He is sending us to as witnesses.


As you share the Gospel with your redemptive relationship, you can show them through this Scripture that God will fulfil his promise to judge this world. Share with them that God is patiently holding back his judgment, giving them time to hear his loving invitation and turn to him.


You friend, fellow ambassador for Christ, bear the message that God is working in their life today; and at this very moment in time, God is reaching out to them for relationship if only they would repent of their sin and receive Jesus as their Saviour.

Best Bible verses to use in conversations with non-believers

2 Corinthians 5:21
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

When is it the right time to share this verse in a conversation with someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus?

This is not the right verse to share when explaining our brokenness and need for God. Nor is it the verse to share when pointing out our guilt before God that separates us from him.

No, the time to share this verse is when you are explaining what the cross is all about. When you are explaining the spiritual connection God makes between the death of Jesus in the past and my faith in Jesus in the present, this is the verse to use.

We need righteousness to be right with God, but what we have is sin (guilt). Since we can’t undo our guilt we have a big problem and face God’s judgement. Jesus, on the other hand, had no guilt; he only had righteousness.

What this verse shares with a person trying to understand the gospel is that Jesus volunteered to take our guilt and give us his righteousness—an incredible exchange that could only come from a heart that loved us, even in our sinfulness, more than himself.

The verse tells us that God the Father accepted this sacrificial trade and “made him [Jesus] who had no sin [guilt] to be sin [guilty] for us, so that in him [because of his death on the cross that paid the penalty for our guilt] we might become the righteousness of God [we receive his righteousness and the good relationship with God that it brings].”

This is gospel, the good news: Christ died for us, in our place, because of his great love for us, and when we receive this gift—this great exchange—by faith, we start a relationship with God that changes our lives forever.

Use 2 Corinthians 5:21 to explain what Jesus did for us at the cross.