THE ONLY WAY TO BE BORN AGAIN
Written by: Pastor Izobofolo –
There are many Christians today that only attend church on Sundays, and no clear standard and Word of salvation is found in their hearts. Some have never being to church, may be because the massage of redemption as not got to them or they are adamant to the Word of Salvation. But Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
What is “being born again” means?
Being born again is not just quitting one’s sinful life and beginning a new life after believing in Jesus or attend church every sunday and weekly services, as most people think. However, this would be good, but in real sense it is not being born again, nor being saved. When the Bible commanded us that we must be born again of water and the Spirit, it means that “sinners must repent, believe in the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the cross, and thereby receive the remission of sin into their hearts and become righteous.” In other words, it means being born from above. This is not a change that comes from human beings, it is a transformation that comes from God, but it takes the decision of the individual to get connected to this transformation.
The Mystery of Salvation
In 1 John 5:6-7, the Bible says, “This is He who came by water and blood -Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” Jesus Christ came to this earth by water and blood. Jesus was born of the body of the Virgin Mary incarnated into the flesh of a man, and when He turned 30, He was baptized by John the baptist in the River Jordan. The works of salvation that make us be born again of water and the Spirit began with the birth of Jesus, the washing away of the sins of the world by His baptism as the representative of humanity, His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. These grace, truth and love gave us the hope for a glorious future.
The Ultimate Price
There are causes and effect in all things. Jesus was brutally tortured and condemned in our place by shedding His blood on the Cross. But why did Jesus Christ, God Himself who was sinless, have to bear this condemnation on the Cross? He died for our sins because we could not save ourselves from spiritual death nor paid the price for our salvation. The blood of animals could only cover our sin for a moment and the sins will be remembered when we sin again. But Jesus Christ died to shed His blood to blot out and cancel our sins, never to be remembered…just as if we never sinned. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says; if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Who Did Christ Die For?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. Jesus came to die for the sins of every one who ever lived or who will ever walk the earth.
Folks! repent today! Jesus loves you!