"Ye must be born again"
God stated that if Adam and Eve would eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil then they would die. ( Gen 2:17)
This death was bestowed upon them and their seed (All humanity).
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 5:22
God said we would also have an enemy from our conception.
Gen 3:15 "And I will put enmity between thee (The Serpent who deceived Eve) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.;"
God also tells us that only through this "seed" will we have victory over "that old serpent, the devil." Jesus uses parables in the New Testament showing that the "Seed" is Himself, Word of God. Mat 13:19-31; Mat 13:37, 38 ; Act 3:25 ; Act 13:23 ; Rom 4:16
The Lord verifies throughout His Word that we have sin pronounced upon us from birth.
1. "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5
2. "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies." Psalm 58:3
3. "...for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb." Isaiah 48:8
When a person comes to Christ, it is through the realization of the truth of the three scriptures you just read. This is most troubling to this person's soul and they begin to seek God to find out what must be done to make peace with their Creator.
This is the work of the Lord. God has ordained this.
"There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked." Isaiah 48:22
As a person seeks peace, God will lead this person to the Gospel of Christ.
God will show this person that peace and a clean conscience can only be achieved through Christ's death and shedding of blood on the cross.
Jesus says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus also offers us a chance to have HIM live within us. He says,
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20
(To read a message about all the POWER God offers us when He enters our body please read this message.)
But Jesus also talks about this indwelling here:
15 If you love me, keep my commands.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.
20 At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. ~ (John 14:15-20)
If you or anyone thinks that there is not a real change upon conversion of Christ let's look at these verses:
"Therefore if anyone be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." ~2 Corinthians 5:17
It's amazing to me how corrupt the gospel has become. Of course it is no longer THE Gospel. But now it is "Another Gospel". There are many such OTHER Gospels being preached. Therefore we know we are in the last times. Because these other gospels are preached by those who are "Accursed" and therefore they are anti-christ.
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." 1 John 2:18
2 John 1:7, 8 ¶ "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward."
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Corinthians 13:5
We have to make sure that WE are NOT antichrist. That we are striving in serving God with all our heart. And preaching and teaching that all people can become a new creation through God's life dwelling within them. That they can become BORN AGAIN. It's the only way to make it to heaven.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus) was made a life giving ("quickening") Spirit." 1 Corinthians 15:45
Paul is speaking of Christ as being the last Adam here. And let us understand what he means by Christ being made a "quickening spirit"
It's easy to look at the original Greek which says that "Christ is made a LIFE GIVING Spirit"
He quickens us with eternal life just as prophesied thorugh Ezekiel here:
"And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:27
This isn't done at birth or through baptism. It is done when a person becomes convicted of their sin and calls upon God for forgiveness. Then God allows this person to understand the suffering of Christ, who was God in the flesh, and the person becomes even more exceedingly guilty before the God, realizing that they aren't worthy of the least of God's mercy. They then collapsing, crying to the Lord in praise, worship and thanksgiving become Justified through Faith in the Lord's work, Blood and powerful Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
In other words, in all your ways acknowledge the Word (Logos) of God, and God through His Word will direct "your paths." And this can only be done properly if you have truly repented of your sins and become "Born Again"
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May God bless you in Jesus' Name. Amen
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
And if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
"My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"