Born again….. the beautiful moment!
John 3, 1-6: King James Version
3 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.
What does it mean to be born again? There have undoubtedly been and will be more learned people who have written, and will write about being born again, but this is my experience, my testimony.
When I came to know the Lord so fully that he entered into me, I felt as if completely filled with lightness, not only as in a bright light but also as if I was light in weight, as if the weight of all my sins lifted from me. No one, who has been hiking with a backpack will deny that when they take it off at the end of the day there is a relief and a release. I cannot truly compare being born again to that because that is a purely physical experience. However, when I look at Christ suffering on the Cross, as He died to save the sins of all who have the Grace of Christ being brought into their hearts. This is the moment that is so beautiful, but we must never forget that linked to this in repentance, literally having a new mind! Nothing sticks, if you experience Grace and believe because you have received it, you can now go merrily through life without a care in the world. This is in my opinion like the sower, whose seeds fell on stony ground.
Matthew 13 1-9, King James Version
13 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The grace is given, but it is used up if it is not fed by continuously going back to the Source, this source is, of course Jesus Christ. Just as Our Father gave Manna from Heaven to the Israelites in the desert every day, so we receive Grace from Heaven every day, and with that Grace when temptations or thorny moments come up there is strength to overcome. That amazing Grace feeds us each day and when we ask for it to come to us the Holy Spirit shines down upon us lighting the way.
When we die to sin with Christ on the cross, giving up our will to the Will of God, we are born again, God gives us new life, a way to live on after the death of the physical. This new life anoints us and allows the Holy Spirit to flow through us.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all
(1 Corinthians 15:20 – 28 KJV)
It is that death that brings us to eternal life and salvation.
A Christian brother
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