John 5:24 (ESV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
What does it mean to be “dead” exactly? A common way of looking at death is the absence of life. The body no longer has movement. You can’t walk, sit up, or do any activities. There is no longer any existence here on this earth, and your mark here on this world is finished. However, what is the absence of death except life?. And the difference in the life of a Christian from an unbeliever is the same as the dead man vs. the living. Everything is different. There is a purpose to your existence. That purpose is to glorify God and “enjoy Him forever.”
If you have been genuinely changed by the grace of God, there will be differences, both big and small. People will notice, because they can tell the difference of the living from the dead (spiritually and physically speaking). Being “saved” doesn’t only imply your future after you die, it also has significance for how you live right now.
When the Scripture uses the word, “saved” it also means “healed.” And if you are healed, then the signs are going to show. Similar to how a bullet wound makes an obvious impact, when the wound is healed up the evidence is hardly recognizable. We were dead in sin and Christ came and in love raised us from the dead. The Christian has the benefits of being “saved” immediately, because everything that prevented him or her from being with Christ is defeated (though death will ultimately be defeated when Christ returns).
To boil it down, there has to be an obvious change in your life. If you know Jesus Christ, it will make a difference because being a Christian is more than a title; it’s a whole new life; a life that is not a second chance, but a brand new beginning. If there hasn’t been a change in your life, ask yourself whether you’ve been clinging to sin and ignoring God’s conviction, or aren’t really a true Christian at all. Is saving faith obvious in your life?