“Are You Saved If You’re Not ‘Born of The Spirit’?” 10/28/2015 by Wes Mason

Are You Saved If You’re Not ‘Born of The Spirit’?

By Wes Mason

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ~ John 3:1-3

What did Jesus mean when he taught about being born again? In modern times, so many have used this term, but misunderstand what it means as Jesus taught it. It surely puzzled Nicodemus as he could only view it in the natural realm.

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” ~ John 3:4

We that know such a thing would be impossible. Jesus was talking to him about another kind of birth, one that needs to occur after a physical birth, a spiritual birth into his Kingdom.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 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 3:5-8

To be born again is to be born of the Spirit, also known as the Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Christ—the 3rd person of the Godhead. That is the qualification of a true Christian. It’s not church membership, baptism, confirmation, or ordination, etc. You must be born of God’s spirit. Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote about to the saints in Rome regarding this truth:

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” ~ Romans 8:9

Without the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit of God indwelling your life, you do not belong to God’s Kingdom. You are still a prisoner to sin, self, and Satan, lost and outside of his Kingdom of love and light, in Christ Jesus. The definitive qualification of a true Christian is to have the indwelling Spirit of Christ.

So, how do we get the Spirit of Christ into our lives? What must someone do to become a member of God’s Kingdom?

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.” ~ Rev 3:20 AMP

Jesus stands at the door of our lives—our hearts and minds and knocks. He patiently awaits an invitation to come in. He will NOT force his way into your lives. He will not violate any ones free will. We all must make a choice as to what to do when He knocks; do we ignore, reject, or open that door and let Him in?

There is another very crucial truth we all must hear about opening that door for Jesus.

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent (!), and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for (because of) the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” ~ Acts 2:36-39

To be born again, one must respond to the invitation that Jesus gives to you as he knocks on the door of your heart, mind and life by his spirit. Some folks will open that door out of fear of hell, others will respond to the healer of a broken heart, some will be overwhelmed by his love and say yes. However, when one responds we must understand that sin is at the heart of the problem. Sin is not just what we do, but it is the very nature that we have inherited that will come alive in us and flow out of our fallen nature in rebellious acts. The heart of sin is that we “want to be as God, knowing good from evil”. WE want to rule our own lives our own way, to satisfy our desires no matter the cost to others or ourselves. Jesus came to wash away the stain power and penalty of all the sins of humanity, past, present, and future by his death on the cross and his victory over death, by his resurrection on the third day.

What will you do when Jesus knocks on the door of your heart? I pray you will open wide and let him in. It is the most important decision you will make because it determines your eternal destination. Will you reside with him in the glory of heaven or be separated from his love and every shred of goodness in the darkness of your sin in hell?

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear

May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer

Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: wesmason56@hotmail.com

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P.S. (from bruce) Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received (‘Born of The Spirit’) to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44… http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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