Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
In the quietness of the night Jesus is approached by Nicodemus a rich religious ruler and teacher in the nation of Israel. Jesus looks at Nicodemus eye to eye and tells him he must be born again. Nicodemus is confused. After all he is in the highest ranks in terms of the influence he has as a teacher of God’s Word. Jesus continues to appeal to the very confused Nicodemus explaining that he must be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on later to explain that the Spirit is blowing like the wind and we can neither detect nor see where it comes from.
(1 Peter 1:23) “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.”
When a person claims to be born of God there should be some evidence of Christ becoming more of a regular part of their nature. When we plant an apple tree in the ground we get apples. When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is planted in your heart by faith and you have confessed to Him to receive His forgiveness and Spirit you get more of Jesus in your life.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
It’s true that we continue to struggle with our sinful nature as Christians. Paul speaks about this in Romans 7 and even toward the end of his life he declares himself the chief of sinners. That’s not because he went unhinged in sin, but as Christ grew in him he saw how far away he was from being like Jesus in everything.
This resulted in him relying on Jesus’ mercy and grace even more than he ever had before. Is Christ growing in you more and more? If not, could it be that you need to heed the words of Jesus more seriously than you thought?
(John 3:7) “So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.”
“There is a distinct difference between ‘the struggle’ with sin as a believer and the blatant disregard of God’s Word. He knows if we are His or not.”
Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that You sacrificed Yourself and died for my sins and that You rose from the grave so that I could have eternal life. Please forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and be my Lord, my God, and my Savior. Please give me the power of Your Spirit to live for You all the days of my life. In Your heavenly name, Amen
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