Born Again or Born from Above
The Breath of God brings rebirth, redemption, reconciliation. If you died today, would you know for certain, that you would spend eternity in Heaven? How certain are you? 10% 50%, 90%…You can be 100% sure of your salvation.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may “know” that you have eternal life. I John 5:13
Rebirth: John 3:1-8
The story of Nicodemus is where we learn from the words of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, just what it means to be born again. He states, “<em>You must be born from
above.” Here we understand this story is not of a natural birth, but a spiritual birth.
Jesus tells us through scripture that one must be born of flesh, but also of spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born of spirit is spirit. Flesh cannot stand in the presence of God; the perishable must become imperishable.
Nicodemus was a teacher of the day. He was supposed to understand spiritual things. He was a student of the law, a Pharisee, and a member of the ruling council. His struggle, “he (man) cannot enter a second time into his mothers womb to be born!” Jesus clearly explains that one must be born of flesh and Spirit. This is the decision one makes to allow the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit to reside inside of him, to yield to Him, to serve Him, thus being born of the Spirit. We simply choose to acknowledge that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was dead, buried and raise from the dead on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father. We decide to acknowledge that we are sinners, and by His Blood and through His sacrifice, our sins are washed away. There is life in the Blood and sin produces death, therefore His Blood cleanses us from all the defilement we incurred while in our sinful condition.
No life, no relationship
After rebirth, we become spiritually alive. We live and not die, never die, but have eternal life.
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25
Redemption or purchased, bought back
The Blood answers to all of Satan’s accusations because we have been redeemed by the
Blood. The word redemption in the Hebrew means “to release on receipt of by paying a ransom price, to redeem, to deliver or to sever,” and in the Greek it means, “a loosening particularly by paying a price.”
Redemption is the special intervention of God for the salvation of man. He provided the
Blood of His Son Jesus Christ for the penalty of sin and moreover, purchased our freedom from the dominion of sin. Therefore there has been a price paid for each and every believer to operate in the freedom and liberty Christ provided for in His own Blood and are no longer subject to the kingdom of darkness: sin, guilt, and death.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” (Gal 3:13 NIV).
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Co 5:18-21
submitting to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, is the way to salvation, and stands in opposition to legal justification. However, the Gospel and the law are forever connected, and to destroy one is to destroy the other. Jesus Christ became our High Priest and mediator. The hearts that had been hardened because of sin and abominations would now be soft and pliable in the hands of God. Man fell away and their minds were darkened and they were destined to live a life alienated from God, but God Himself reconciled the unbelieving, through belief in Jesus Christ, therefore bridging the gap that once stood to separate sinful man from a Holy God.
Believers, under the New Covenant, have freedom and liberty through repentance of sin, as they are restored to wholeness. Where there had been death because of sin, the Blood of Jesus Christ flows through His Body, the Church, and washes it clean. Death and darkness are replaced with light and life. It is in the flow of that Blood where the power for deliverance and restoration is found. Dead works and seared consciences are restored. What was once routine and ritual, is replaced with reconciliation and relationship.
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7 NKJV
Spiritual Laws do not change
Salvation is a free gift.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9
Jesus is the only way.
“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Sin produces death and separates us from God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
You must receive Him as Lord and Savior, by a decision and confession.
But to as many who received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Ro 10:10
Jesus Christ is our payment for the sins we have committed.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
We are reconciled back to God through Jesus. Jesus became the sacrificial payment due for our sins, He took our place and He rose from the dead, he now sits at the right hand of God making intercession (carrying messages for us, praying for us, and speaking to God on our behalf) for us.
Christ died for our sins, but now He lives
He was buried.
He was raised on the third day
He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve disciples
After that he appeared to more than five hundred others
Accept Him now and pray this prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
I need You in my life. I acknowledge that I have sinned. I come to You confessing those
sins and I ask You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I
believe You are the Son of God and that You rose from the dead and rose on the third day. I choose to confess this in my heart and with my mouth. I open my heart to You, to receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Please take control of my life. Help me to live a life that honors You. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.