WHEN WE ARE BORN AGAIN

In John 3:3, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  In verse 6, He says “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

When we were born as human babies, we were born into the flesh that Jesus talks about in verse 6.  Human flesh is sinful flesh. When we ask for God’s forgiveness, we are “born again” and God’s Spirit comes to live in us.  This is a Spiritual birth that takes place in our heart.

II Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Being born again gives us the right to go to the Lord and lean on Him in times of trial and tribulation, to draw on His strength and peace when things seem beyond us.  We that are followers of Jesus have the assurance that if we draw nearer to God, He will draw nearer to us (James 4:8).

This is one of the reasons why we need to not only accept Jesus and trust Him as a child would trust a parent (Matthew 18:3), but we need to grow in our faith through daily Bible study and prayer.  If we have given our lives to Him to use for His will, then we need to learn, and grow, and live that life for the One that died for us.

When we accept that Christ was crucified to pay the penalty for our sins, when we ask Him to live in our heart as our Lord and Savior, we, in effect, crucify our old selves.  Our physical bodies are still alive, but our spiritual being is reborn with Christ and takes on His nature, with new principles and outlooks.

The power of the Holy Spirit changes us in a way that we are incapable of doing ourselves.  We are not strong enough to accomplish this change on our own.  We need the saving grace of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit in us to bring this change into being.  And we need this change in order to see the kingdom of God.

Jesus came to save us, to be the Light shining in the darkness of our sin.  He took the punishment for our sin on Himself so that we might have forgiveness and eternal life (John 3:16-21).

In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

The sinful person lives in the darkness that comes from a sinful world.  They will hide from the light of Jesus for fear that their sins will be discovered.  But once they accept Christ’s light into their lives, that light overpowers the darkness of sin and shines forth for all the world to see.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011

GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

“Observe thou that which I command thee this day….” Exodus 34:11

I know there are people who think they are good people and that being good will get them into Heaven; but if we listen to God’s law, we see that this just is not the case.

God knows what is right. He knows what is the best way for us to live. That is why He gave us the Ten Commandments – those moral absolutes that we should all follow.

We should all ask ourselves which ones have we broken.

Have we ever told a lie? Even a “little” one is enough to break the commandment not to bear false witness.

Have we ever stolen anything? The Lord said, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Have we ever committed adultery? Jesus said “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

What about “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

This commandment is not just about using the Lord’s name as a swear-word. It is about saying anything that takes away the reverence His name should hold.  It includes all those exclamations of excitement and astonishment that involved God’s name, Jesus’s name and all the variations of them.

Maybe you’re saying to yourself that if God is a good, loving God surely He wouldn’t keep me from Heaven for these little things? After all, I haven’t murdered anyone or done something really bad.

This is just a way to rationalize and justify our wrongdoing, and it won’t work.

Jesus said that if we are guilty of one of them, we are guilty of all. And because we have all broken at least one of them, that makes us all sinners and deserving of punishment.

Look at it from the point of view of a court of law. If you broke this many laws and had to face a judge, do you think that judge would just let you walk? Not hardly. There are always consequences for our actions.

Look at it from a parental point of view. Don’t parents use discipline to teach their children right from wrong because we love them?

Why then, should we think our Heavenly Father would let us go on breaking His laws and ignoring his instruction without some form of punishment?

If we have lived our lives with our backs to Him, shutting Him out, why then should we expect Him to help us in our time of need?

If we have rejected His Son, Jesus Christ, not allowing Him into our lives as our Lord and Savior, why should we expect to be allowed into Heaven?

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011