Instead of misquoting scriptures.. I’ve copied them word for word. theres enough there to weed out all the people that aren’t hungry for the Word. Please, take time & read them. It will help you understand where this blog’s roots lie, not in my personal opinion but in the rock solid truth of God’s own holy Word. If the Bible, even through different languages & translations, isn’t the infallible Word of God. Then there is no foundation, and nothing solid to build anything on, & every thing is opinion. Let’s be honest, just like parachute pants & the Macarena, outside of antique novelties, our opinions don’t stand the test of time. I thank God for not changing. Way before electricity, sliced bread and the wheel, God was jealously defending pure Love (1 Corinthians13, John 14:15-15:13)
There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person. He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him]. He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own--His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name– Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!] (John 1:9-13 AMP)
“NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews, Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles–and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:1-6 AMP)
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.] The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him]“. (John 3:14-21 AMP)
These scriptures show us a portion of what “Salvation” is, in a very practical way. Before I get too far into this, I just wanna acknowledge how cliche and diluted words like “Christian” “freedom” “Salvation” “born again” “new creation” and other buzzwords have become. I pray this brings a new vibrancy to these key words, and brings a fresh breath to our new life in Christ. Now after laying out the Scripture references clearly, I would like to speak to you from the Word (Jesus) that lives inside of me.
In the first scripture John talks about Jesus being the light. And everyone who receives The Light (namely Himself) He gives the privilege of becoming the Sons of God. That is, when we truly begin to rely on His name we can be sure that we are not born of the will of the flesh (because God knows when I followed my fleshly impulses, there is no way I would be writing this. If I was still “born of,” that is following, the flesh I would be with a woman & smoking crack right now.) Im sure not born of the will of men. (If it was up to let’s say, my parents, they had good plans for my life. Go through school maybe join the military, or go to college.) but being born of Gods will. (The will inside the will. The perfect will of God) I’ve been taken captive by the wonderful Love of Jesus. And I never wanna be set free.
In the second scripture I referenced, Jesus is talking to Nicodemus. Jesus tells him “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are “born again.” Nicodemus asks Jesus “how can an old person be born? Crawl back into his mother womb?” I love that he doesn’t pretend to know what Jesus is talking about. He was willing to ask. I’m learning to do this. To ask the Holy Spirit questions, ask the One who will teach us all things (1John 2:20) Then Jesus tells him ” You can be sure, unless you are born of water and of the Spirit you will not be able to inter the kingdom of heaven” From this passage you could talk about being born of water being the broken water from a mothers womb or baptism. Being born of the Spirit; speaking in other tongues or being slain in the Spirit (falling out under the power of the Holy Ghost) you could say being born of the Spirit happens in full measure when you accept Jesus. This is a side note that I wanna add.. If we accept Jesus we are saved, being saved, and will be saved. Our Spirits were “saved” on the day we accept Jesus. Our souls (our own will, thought-life, & emotions) are being saved (Hebrews 7:25) through sanctification and regeneration (the process of transforming our minds Romans 12) Our bodies will be saved @ the second coming of Christ.(Mathew 24:13) When all the dead in him will arise. Just because we’re on the topic of Salvation.
I would say being you can be assured you are “born of the Spirit” when there is a vibrant encounter (inner witness) when you call to mind (recollect) the attributes of God (how faithful He’s been, how He loves mercy, how He never changes, how awesome, powerful and mighty he is, how when you look up at the sky and ask “who am I that You are even mindful of me?” His majesty and good leadership) AMEN, HALLELUYAH!
The part in the 3rd piece of scripture I would like to highlight states that whoever “believes” in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Later in the excerpt it says that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but to redeem it, and to those who confide in Him there is no judgement ; But the ones who don’t believe are judged already by the fact that the Light has come and they loved the darkness rather than light. Every one who loves darkness hates light because when the lite of truth comes it corrects & changes the darkness. So If you wanna keep your dirt you hide it under the rug. When we learn to practice truth (tattling on ourself) we can (even before we are out of sin physically) begin to appose it by exposing it. Expose it to the light of the Word, to the throne of grace in prayer, as expose it to Spiritual Authority (pastor, elder, mom & dad) in your life. I find no chasm fixed between belief in Jesus and “practicing truth.” It is showing us practically how to walk out our belief. You wanna appose it expose it. Not revealing is hiding and hiding is agreeing. What we don’t kill will continue and what continues will grow until it consumes us.
You wanna win the war with sin?
The secret weapon is confession.
The reason we have to be “Born Again” is because were dead in our sin. (Col. 2:13) it’s time for Ressurection
When we’re born of God his DNA spreads like an infection.
We’ll call this the Inception.