Are You Born Again?
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)
"I tell you the truth, no one can see the
kingdom of God unless he is born again.
- Jesus Christ (John 3:3)
Jesus visited this planet because he loves you and he wants to spend eternity with you in heaven, but in order to spend eternity in heaven, Jesus says we must be "born again."
So, are you born again? That may seem like a strange question to you, but if you can’t answer this question with certainty, then please, for your sake, continue reading.
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means that your sin separates you from God. If you die while that separation exists, then it will remain there forever, for “the wages of sin is death”. (Romans 6:23)
This raises a few questions: Am I a sinner? How does one overcome this separation? By doing good things? By being a good person? To help you answer the first question, take a look at the 10 Commandments (paraphrased from Exodus, chapter 20):
1. You shall have no other gods before me [God].
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
If you are guilty of breaking just one of these rules then you are a sinner.
The Bible tells us of the one and only solution to the problem of separation from God: Jesus Christ.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
The Bible says that Christ,
“6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8)
Jesus Christ, the son of God, lived a perfect, sinless life. He was crucified on a cross, died, and was placed in a tomb. He then rose from the dead three days later. His death paid the penalty for sin. His resurrection proved death has been conquered once and for all.
Let’s recap: sin = separation from God = death = a completely hopeless situation.
Now, the good news:
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)
“If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
The answer is clear. You need Jesus. Confess He is Lord. Believe in your heart that God raised him from then dead and the separation is gone. Your sins will be forgiven and you will be made right, purified, and justified before God.
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:22)
I know, it seems (Yes, it does seem) too good to be true. But this is the good news Jesus proclaimed. There is no amount of human effort that could make us right before God. Because God loves us, He has shown us grace, his unmerited favor, through Jesus.
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
How will you respond to what you have read here today? Perhaps God, by His Holy Spirit, is confirming in your soul that this is true. Can you sense it? If you realize you need to be reconciled with God, then I encourage you to pray this prayer:
“God, I realize that I am sinner. I understand that I cannot earn your forgiveness, but that you offer it to me freely if I will believe in Jesus. Today I confess that Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again. Jesus, be the Lord of my life. Holy Spirit, please come into my life, change my heart, and make me new. Thank you. Amen”
If you have just prayed this for the first time then congratulations! Welcome to the family!
11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. (John 1:11-13)