~2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Salvation brings about change in a person’s life. The stealer steals no more. The curser curses no more, etc. It is not that we are “perfectly holy” at the time of salvation. It is that we acknowledge our sin and we desire to be more like Christ.
~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The Holy Spirit convicted our hearts and our whole spiritual life goes from running with the world to being a child of the King! Our old nature wants to sin but the new nature is now “in Christ” and no longer wants to sin. There is truly a battle.
~Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Before salvation, we do not care that we sin. However, after salvation we become aware of that sin in our lives and we do not have the same desires to continue in it. The Holy Spirit convicts us and we continue to change into the image of our Lord and Saviour! Many profess Christianity but do not change. They sit in church pews and live their lives just as they did before with no convictions at all. That was the way I was prior to salvation.
~Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: