In this beginning post, what shall I say? Should I tell the people who come here – that tomorrow is my spiritual birthday? It has been 37 years tomorrow since I was “born again.” I would like to share that with them – because it’s a very special day to me – but even more importantly, I want each one of them to know what it means to be “born again”….. Such were my thoughts as I started this day.
Well, you can see what won out in my thinking – for here I am writing to share with you about being born again. The main thrust of this blog is to share with people who are already born again, but hungry for more help and information on how to go deeper in this life with Jesus Christ which they have begun; but there is nothing more important than mentioning to everyone that for one and all there is that beginning – a starting place – when our heart begins to want to “know Jesus” and we know that we are in need of this Savior. We’ve deeply realized that we’re not perfect – our faults, our “imperfections,” and some things even worse -* the word of God, the bible, calls these things “sin.” And it tells us that this applies to all men. But the “invitation” is also to all – for the call goes out to us “Come, whosoever will”….. and “No one that comes to Me will I cast out,” *Jesus says.
What you do with this invitation is your choice, but I implore you to open your heart, and ask Him to come in – because I can assure you that Jesus is who the bible says that He is. For me, these 37 years (tomorrow!) of getting to know Him and God the Father, have more than sufficiently borne that out! I’ll leave this part now about how to have your beginning in Him with these scriptures : Romans 6:23; John 3:16,17; John 6:37 to refer to for the things I mentioned from the bible between the two * (in the last paragraph).
There are many things said in the scriptures that can help you and I to better understand what the bible means when it says “you must be born again.” Jesus said that to Nicodemus when Nicodemus came seeking Jesus one evening to inquire of Jesus who He was. (John 3:1-8) The explanation that followed Nicodemus’ question is so beautiful that it quiets our fears that anything and everything from the spirit realm is eerie and spooky, dark and haunting. Not so! For Jesus made it clear that a man/human must also be “born of the spirit” to enter into the Kingdom of God, or for that matter to even “see” the Kingdom of God (verse 3-5). He went on to further explain that there is the natural birth by which every man comes into this world – and there is a spiritual birth that comes to a person when they receive God’s plan of redemption in Jesus Christ. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit (of God) is spirit “ ( verse 6)– making a clear distinction between the two births a man can experience and the fact that “You must be born again ” to enter into the Kingdom of God!
I have more to share about this – and I will take it up again in a post tomorrow. I hope to see you here then.