I have noticed over the years since I was born again, that many professing Christians do not know what it means to be “born again” of the Spirit. This is a very serious issue because without the new birth there can be NO Heaven. In fact without the new birth a person cannot even be a Christian in the sight of Jesus Christ! Did you know that the Bible makes it very clear that you must be born again? Not only that, but it was Jesus Christ himself who said that to a Jewish ruler named Nicodemus! Considering the fact that Jesus Christ is the creator of ALL things (John 1:1-3. 10-14, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 44:24) and that ALL judgment has been given to him by the Father (John 5:22), it would behoove ALL of us to listen to what he said.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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. 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. 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? 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. That which is born of the FLESH is FLESH; and that which is born of the SPIRIT is SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye MUST be BORN AGAIN. The wind bloweth where it listeth (wishes), 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. (John 3:1-8)
Jesus Christ did not mince words when he spoke with the Jewish Rabbi Nicodemus, because the Lord was not impressed with rulers of any sort, religious or otherwise. Nicodemus had no idea what the Lord Jesus Christ was talking about because he was thinking in the natural, and not the spiritual. That is why Jesus Christ instructed him about the extreme difference between the PHYSICAL birth in the FLESH, and the SPIRITUAL birth in the HOLY SPIRIT. Nicodemus needed the illumination which can only come from the Spirit of God, and that is why the Lord told him that he must be born again. There are many professing Christians who will combat the teaching of the new birth, and thus they come against the teaching of Jesus Christ himself. There is a very good chance that they are religious but LOST because they have NEVER been born again themselves! John Wesley was a missionary for many years BUT he was NOT saved until many years later. I have known many who have even preached about the GRACE of God, BUT they have been taught (brainwashed) into believing that EVANGELISM is NOT for us today. There is an EXCELLENT chance that they have NEVER been born again either, BECAUSE any person who has been truly born again of the SPIRIT, knows that they are surrounded by UNSAVED friends, and family members who need the HOLY SPIRIT!
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which GOD hath prepared for them that LOVE him. But GOD hath revealed them unto US by his SPIRIT: for the SPIRIT searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of GOD. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of GOD knoweth no man, but the SPIRIT OF GOD. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the SPIRIT which is of GOD; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of GOD. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the HOLY GHOST teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the SPIRIT OF GOD: for they are FOOLISHNESS unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:9-14)
Billions of people in the world are still under the impression that they are good people on the way to Heaven, and have no idea whatsoever that they are on the way to Hell. I know that because I used to be one of them. I was a religious Roman Catholic but I did not know the REAL Jesus Christ UNTIL I was born again in 1989. In fact the Roman Catholic church taught me that I was born again when I was baptized as a little baby, but that is one of the biggest lies in the universe.
A Jewish person who has never been born again is as lost as any other person in the world. A Muslim person who has never been born again is as lost as any other person in the world. A Buddhist person who has never been born again is as lost as any person in the world. A Hindu person in the world who has never been born again is as lost as any other person in the world.
Jesus Christ declared that he was the only way of salvation.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
The Jewish apostle Paul said this:
Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a NEW creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The Jewish apostle Peter said this:
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of ISRAEL, that by the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, whom ye CRUCIFIED, whom GOD raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be SAVED. (Acts 4:10-12)
After Jesus Christ rose from the dead he told his followers to preach the Gospel to everybody. He also told them that the BELIEVERS would be SAVED, and that the UNBELIEVERS would be DAMNED! There is nothing more LOVING than warning your fellow men and women that they will be DAMNED without Jesus Christ!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16)
Do not put it off until tomorrow, because you are not promised tomorrow.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27)
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)
Here is the REAL DEAL folks!
You are a SINNER in need of SALVATION!
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)
If YOU die without FAITH in Jesus Christ YOU will die in YOUR own sins and end up in HELL!
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)
Salvation CANNOT be earned by your OWN good works and good deeds! That is called SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS but you need nothing less than the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus Christ to enter Heaven!
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
NOT BY WORKS of righteousness which WE have DONE, but according to his MERCY he SAVED us, by the washing of REGENERATION, and renewing of the HOLY GHOST; (Titus 3:5)
Have you been regenerated by the HOLY GHOST (Spirit) yet? If NOT, then you are still SPIRITUALLY DEAD in YOUR sins as you read this article. But there is no need to despair BECAUSE the Lord will GIVE you the GIFT of salvation when you repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15) You will then be REGENERATED by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (Ghost), the very same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead! That is the GOOD NEWS of salvation in Jesus Christ! All are invited!
For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be SAVED. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a PREACHER? (Romans 10:13-14)