JESUS CHECKLIST (2)
TOPIC: JESUS CHECKLIST (2)
TEXT: JOHN 3:1-16
You must be born again; you must be borne of Water and of Spirit. Have you been baptized in Water and experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If these two things are lacking in your life, you are not of Christ, you are not born again. By baptism of water, you partake in the death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. You were baptized into His death; therefore you are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so you also rise up from the dead and walk in newness of life. By the Holy Spirit, you must also be baptized. Jesus asked His disciples to go to Upper Room until they received power, they did not do anything until they received the indwelling of the Spirit. Christians today are powerless and being molested by circumstances they supposed to control and conquer. To be of Christ indeed, you must truly experience baptism of Water and of the Spirit.
Nicodemus did not come to talk with Christ about politics and state-affairs (though he was a ruler), but about the concerns of his own soul and its salvation, and, without hesitation comes straight to the real issue of life. When religion is out of fashion, there are many Nicodemites, especially among the rulers, who have a better affection to Christ and his religion than they would be known to have. He recognized Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus Christ let him know that he can have no benefit by change of the state, unless there be a change of the spirit, of the principles and dispositions, equivalent to a new birth.
This matter of salvation is settled forever that except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. What it is that is required: to be born again; that is, First, You must live a new life. Birth is the beginning of life; to be born again is to begin anew, as those that have hitherto lived either much amiss or to little purpose. You must not think to patch up the old building, but begin from the foundation. Secondly, you must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, and new aims. We must be born again from above. By our first birth we are corrupt, shaping in sin and iniquity; we must therefore undergo a second birth; our souls must be fashioned and enlivened anew. This new birth has its rise from heaven (John 1:13) and its tendency to heaven: it is to be born to a divine and heavenly life, a life of communion with God and Heaven, and, in order to this, it is to partake of a divine nature and bear the image of God.
Except a man (anyone that partakes of the human nature, and consequently of its corruptions) be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Except you are born from above, you cannot see the kingdom. That is, first, you cannot understand the nature of it. Such is the nature of things pertaining to the kingdom of God that the soul must be re-modelled and moulded, the natural man must become a spiritual man, before he is capable of receiving and understanding them, 1 Corinthians 2:14.
Word Affirmation: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name - John 1:12 (Don't just say it, mean it!)
“This matter of salvation is settled forever that except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”