Birth is both the cause and the cure, when I read that recently in preparing my lesson for Sunday school, I thought to myself it’s as easy as that. Jesus said it Himself in John 3:3 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
But really is it that easy to be born again?
How are we born again after being born in such sin, just as David said “I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5 And because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8: 7, 8
Really? That one sin of Adam nose-dived the entire world into condemnation, eternal destruction and hell? We are hostile toward God and while in the flesh can NOT please Him? There is nothing good in us to some how muster up enough faith to respond to the Gospel without God’s spirit coming into us from above.
You remember what God said to Adam and Eve “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” You might be asking by now, die how? You see we died a spiritual death and now are dead in our trespasses and sin, DEAD! We are walking dead zombies spiritually Ephesians 2:1.
Was it God’s plan that they were going to live forever in a perfect garden, with a perfect life, just pro-creating in a perfect environment, but then let sin enter the world that He could send His Son His one and only Son to save us? Yes and Yes!
Was sin part of God’s plan all along? You know the plan before the foundation of the world, where He has known us and chose us to believe? You know what I really can’t wrap my brains around this one, but I know this!
Without sin there can be no Savior!
Without sin there can be no “Grace”
Read what Paul says to those believers from Ephesus who are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:2-14
In the end who gets all the glory? God… to the praise of His glory. People just want to do and have a part in everything, and once we take credit for any part of our salvation we take away His glory. It says in Romans 8:9 “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Without the Spirit of God we can’t accept the things of God, they are foolishness to us, we are spiritually bankrupt. 1 Corinthians 2:14.
How do we get this Spirit? Jesus told Nicodemus “You must be born again, He was saying you must be born from above. Nicodemus responded in John 3:9 “How can these things be?”
How can the Philippian jailor just out of the blue say in Acts 16:30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” You see God had worked in his heart to believed, just as Lydia believed the words of Paul about Christ, the Jailor believed the words about Christ from Paul and Silas, they were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them and It would be my guess that the jailor was too! Acts 16:25
How does Lydia and the Jailor believe and what must they do to be saved? “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved! That’s it Just believe!
Yes, just believe because the Lord opened your heart to respond to the words about Christ Acts 16:14. Because faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17. It’s not about doing things to gain your salvation, its by being born from above and God enabling you to respond to the words spoken about Christ.
Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
So to re-ask my first question, is it that easy to be born again?
Jesus has the answer in Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
An He said “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. Revelation 21:6
If He’s called you to Himself, you’re coming.
So come and drink of the fountain of life
With God all things are possible
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria