Truth: Jesus says ‘Ye must be born again…’ (Instantaneously, at one moment in time)
Tradition: Man says: ‘You must be born again…Gradually…you choose how…baptism, good works etc.’
The twentieth and now the twenty-first century have witnessed the outpouring of much false doctrine as a direct result of the multitudes of cults and erroneous teaching that exploded onto the religious landscape in the nineteenth century. The Jehovah (false) Witnesses, the Mormons (Latter Day Saints), and the Seventh Day Adventists are the three major cults that came into existence during that period of time. They pervert the Holy Scriptures, especially in the area of the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ, thereby bringing men and women into bondage through their additional ‘revelation’ from various and sundry sources including the appearance of angels (angels of light) and deceiving visions and dreams of men and women alike.
The effect of this spiritual phenomenon, the birth of Bible perverting cults, along with the falling away of the major denominations has brought about a major decline of powerful and truthful Bible preaching and the conscience of the country has been all but silenced. The ‘traditions of men’ spoken of by the Lord Jesus Christ in Mark 7 are now being heralded as the ‘gospel’ by those false prophets who are in the majority of pulpits in the mainline denominations who say the ‘born again’ experience is a gradual growing experience throughout life.
But, Jesus said to a religious man in John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” comparing physical birth with Spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit. Both of these births occur at one moment in time which is exactly what Jesus is teaching this man. A Spiritual birth must occur in order to enter and see the Kingdom of God. When a person receives the Lord Jesus as their Savior by turning from their sin to Jesus who paid the penalty for the sins of mankind, at that moment in time the Holy Spirit of God creates a new person by the Spiritual birth within the believer and they become a new person in Christ.”If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”
(II Corinthians 5:17).
These five Words “Ye must be born again” which are the five most important words in the Bible, were spoken by Jesus when He confronted this religious man, Nicodemus concerning his great need to “Enter into the Kingdom of God”. We are all born physically as sinners who need a Savior, therefore, we need to be born spiritually in order to become children of God. Having the eternal Spirit of God within prepares us for entering into the Kingdom of God! This can only happen if we repent of our sin and by faith turn to Jesus Christ as our Savior. This brings about the Spiritual birth by His Holy Spirit which everyone needs in order to go to heaven because:
1. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
3. “But God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
4. “If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved.”
5. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
All that is necessary for you to be “Born again” and become a child of God is to believe this Bible message and pray calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from the penalty of your sin and He will be faithful to save you as He has promised! However, if you reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are in essence choosing the torment of eternal punishment in hell which was prepared for the devil and his angels!!
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