''Most assuredly, I say to you , unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ''
John 3 : 3
Jesus was addressing a Pharisee named Nicodemus , a ruler of the Jews. Like Paul , Nicodemus was a very religous man , he was a leader of God's people , most esteemed among his peers and very astute in the scripture concerning the law of Moses.
Nicodemus had been listening to Jesus and His message of repentance that He was preaching among the people in the market place as well as in the temple. One night he came to Jesus and began to tell Him that he believed that He was a teacher obviously sent from God. Jesus stopped him and out of the clear blue said to him, ''You must be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Stunned by the comment Nicodemus proceeded to ask Jesus how a man could enter a second time into his mother and be born again. Jesus began to explain that one must be born of the Spirit to obtain eternal life and then He said to him, ''Are you a teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? In other words Jesus was saying to him, '' Nicodemus you grew up in church , memorized the scripture , taught the word of God and you still don't know the way of salvation.
How many people today go to church faithfully for years and years, lead good moral upstanding lives even do charitable deeds, but are't born again and don't know Jesus? The answer is more than likely millions. What a tragedy, multitudes of people deceived by wolves in sheeps clothing tickling their ears with smooth sermons and little stories that warm the heart, but have no power to change ones life. Unless one is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the born again experience and receives forgiveness for his sins by faith and is washed in the blood of Jesus he does not have eternal life.
''For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life . ''For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world , but that the world through Him might be saved.'' John 3: 16, 17.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Its like when you were a kid playing in the mud and your mother calls you for dinner and says ,first come and take a shower and wash off that mud, but you say ,no I want to eat first and then wash , your mother then proceeds to say to you , no shower , no food. Eternal life is the same, no blood, no eternal life.
It sounds too easy to just ask for God's forgiveness and believe by faith that the blood of Jesus will wash you and save you from your sins , but its true. 1 John 1: 9 says , if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. One must accept the fact of what Jesus did on the cross into his heart by faith and be willing to repent or turn away from his former manner of life and willingly give control of his will to God.
When a person gets married they make the same commitment that Jesus expects us to make by the exchanging of vows ,thus giving your life over to another's control. The will of man is the only thing in the universe that God cannot control without our permission, it must be willingly given to Him in the same way it is given to your spouse, until death do us part.
As you can see salvation is available to everyone by faith, it is a gift freely given by God through His grace for everyone willing to give their life in exchange and follow Jesus. Praying a little magical prayer without commiting your life will avail you nothing as well as going to church, doing good works, being baptized, taking communion or just being a good person. Non of these things will give you eternal life, only by becoming born from above will give you everlasting life in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ and deliver you from everlasting torment in hell away from the presence of God.
Ephesians 2: 8 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith , and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works , lest anyone should boast. Most of the people on our email list are mature Christians, born again and Spirit filled, so I don't mean to offend you, but many others are lost and need God's saving grace, others think they have eternal life because of their own goodness , while some are even in ministry like Nicodemus and don't know the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Lord. All of us as believers should be sharing our faith with those around us because the time is growing short before Jesus returns. Millions slip into hell every day without ever hearing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ , lost eternally in everlasting punishment.
If one is saved he knows it by the very peace and presence of God residing in his heart, if Jesus moved into your house today I guarantee things would change and you wouldn't doubt that He was making His residence there. Don't put your trust in something you did when you were five and never went back or a denomination or membership or something grandmaw did, but put your trust in Jesus Who gave His life for you . Its not to late to make him Lord , as long as your still breathing there's hope.
But what does it say? '' The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart'', that if you confess the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead , you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness , and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10: 8-10.
May God bless you and yours with the gift of eternal life......................