Quotes and Notes for the Day
YE MUST BE BORN-AGAIN !
Resurrection and The New Birth
“ But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12
Our new birth is the result of our faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is directly connected to our faith in the substitutionary death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. “for I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures: And that he was buried, and that he rose again according to the scriptures:” Christ’s finished work is imputed to us for our justification in Romans 4:24-25 we read, “... For us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead: who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification.”
1.The Need To be Born Again: Jesus declares to Nicodemus, a religious ruler of the Jews, and said unto him, “… verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God.” Being born again means to be spiritually born from above or born of God. It is also the same us being “quickened” which means “being made alive” as it is stated in Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” Nicodemus doubted the new birth , when he said to Jesus, ” … How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time his mother’s womb, and be born?” Even as a spiritual leader Nicodemus had no spiritual understanding. He was thinking like a natural man as stated in 1st Corinthians 2:14, ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
2.The Nature of The New Birth: In John 3:5-6 Jesus answered and said unto him, ” ….Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” In the book of 1st Peter 1:23 we read that we are born again by the word of God, “… Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.” In the book of James 1:18, we read, “… of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”
3. The Universal Necessity of the New Birth: Jesus made it clear and plain no one can see or enter His Kingdom unless they have been born again by the Holy Spirit through faith in the word of God concerning the person and work of Christ. In John 3:7-8 Jesus said to Nicodemus, “… Marvel not that I say unto thee, Ye must be born again. the wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
Friend, Are you saved? if your answer is “no I am not saved”, we ask you ” would you like to be saved?” if yes, please read the book of Isaiah chapter 53, and make it personal: where you find “We”, “Our”, and ” Us” Put in “I”, “my” and “me.” and it reads this way “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and I hid as it were my face from Him; He was despised and I esteemed him not, Surely He hath born my griefs; and carried away my sorrows: yet I did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” “He was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my iniquities; the chastisement of my peace was upon Him; and with His stripes I am healed. I like a sheep have gone astray; I have turned to my own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him my iniquities.”
This is true of everyone of us, because God says it!! Dear Friend, “… that If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…… For whosoever shall call up on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10: 9,10 and 13.
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
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