onsdag 28. desember 2011

Nr. 172: You must be born again!

Nr. 172:

You must be born again!

Joh. e. 3 1. And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a Jewish rulers, 2 he came to him at night and said to him: Rabbi, We know that you are a teacher come from God: for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? he may well second time into his mother's womb and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Wonders you not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again! 8 The wind blows wherever it wants, and you hear the blast, but you do not know where it comes from, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can this happen? 10 Jesus answered and said to him: You are Israel's teacher, and do not know this? 11 Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak what we know and we testify what we have seen, and I do not accept our testimony. 12 When I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you, the heavenly? 13 And yet is not risen up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so shall the Son of Man lifted up, 15 so that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life; 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not judged: he that believeth not is condemned already, because he has not believed in God's only begotten Son name.

The new birth - question about an inside or outside

One does not become a horse standing in a stall or you are not a fish living in water. One must be born a horse to be a horse and you will not put a fish without one is born or bred as such. It is the origin of which is crucial. What spiritual origins do you have? It is either God or Satan. Whether people will remain in the dark or in God's marvelous light.

The living away from God or go to a Christian church - both must be born again!

Acts 10. 1. There was a man in Caesarea called Cornelius, captain of the hærdeling which was called the Italic, 2 he was a pious man and feared God with all his house and gave many alms to the people and prayed to God always. 3 And he grandgivelig in a vision, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God came to him and said to him, Cornelius! 4 And he stared at him and was horrified and said, What is it, Lord? He answered him, Your prayers and your alms have risen up to the remembrance of God. 5 And now send some men to Joppa and bring to you a man named Simon who is called is called Peter, 6 he was staying with a tanner named Simon, who has a house by the sea. 7 And when the angel who spoke to him, was gone from him, he took two of his servants and a devout soldier of them that was always about him, 8 and he told them all about it, and sent them off to Joppa. 22 They said, Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and godly man, who has a good testimony of the entire Jewish people, was the commandment of a holy angel that he should bring you to his house and hear what you have to say. 30 Then said Cornelius: Four days ago - it was then, as now at the ninth hour - I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in shining garment, 31 and he says: Cornelius! your prayer is heard and your alms are remembered before God; 32 send therefore messengers to Joppa, and call to thee, Simon who is called is called Peter! he's hostel of Simon, a tanner, by the sea, and he shall speak to you when he comes here. 33 Therefore I sent immediately a message to you, and you did well that you came. Now are we all present before God to hear all that is required of you, Lord. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And all the believers of the circumcision who had come with Peter were astonished that the Holy Ghost had been poured out even over the Gentiles, 46 for they heard them speak with tongues and praising God. 47 Then answered Peter, Mon anyone can deny them water, so they should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we do? 48 And he commanded that they should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They asked him to stay there some days.

Cornelius was a devout man and had his life and testimony have smooth membership in all parishes and churches I know of, but he was not born again. It was he who came into the wedding hall, without the right robe on, he was thrown out.

Matt. 22. 11 Now when the king went in to see them sitting at the table, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said unto him, My friend! how have you come in here and have no wedding garment? But he remained silent. 13 Then the king said to the servants, Bind hand and foot on him and cast him into outer darkness! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Without a wedding garment is all lost. How can one as a wedding garment? We read about Cornelius that Peter would speak words - words of Jesus - so that he and his house might be saved. It is through preaching the Word we are saved. Then when we accept the message - we are born anew to a living hope in Jesus Christ.

Rooms. 10. 8 But what says it? The word is near thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is the word of faith, which we preach, 9 if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved: 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Confess Jesus before men - it makes a difference

Matt. 10. 32 Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before My Father in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, him will I also deny before my Father in heaven.

When we confess Jesus before men, then there is a transformation. We are saved and born again. It is when we believe that Jesus died for our sins and in our place, and confess it. Then there is a new birth, we become children of God, it teaches the writing.

Joh. e. 1 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become children of God, to them that believe on his name: 13 and they are born not of blood, nor of the flesh, nor the will of man but of God .

It's simple - but difficult

To be saved, is simple. Jesus has done everything, it's no more to do. But we must humble ourselves and it is difficult. It was exactly what Naaman had to do, humiliate them. He believed that the rivers of the Jordan was as good if not better than those in Israel. But the prophet's words were clearly bell, so it is with salvation in Christ Jesus, there is only one way to salvation, that we must bow down.

2. Kong. 5. 1. Naaman, the Syrian king's army, had much to say of his master and was highly respected, because by him the Lord had given Syria says, he was a very man of war, but the leper 9 So Naaman came with his horses and his chariot and held at the door of Elisha's house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash yourself seven times in Jordan! And thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman became angry and went away and said I thought he would come out to me and stand and call upon the Lord, their God's name and bring his hand back and forth over the sore spot and take away the leprosy. 12 Are not the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and Pharpar, better than all the waters of Israel? I could not bathe myself in them and be clean? And he turned and went away in anger. 13 But his servants came back and spoke to him and said, My father! If the prophet had commanded you something very, would you not have done it? How much more when he says to you: Bad thee, and thou shalt be clean! 14 Then he went down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan after the God's word, and his flesh became again like a little boy, and he was clean.

Through Jesus, we are just as clean and perfect before God as his

Through Jesus, we are just as clean and perfect before God as him when Jesus purity, righteousness and perfection becomes ours. We who were sinners, defiled and lost. Unable to help ourselves and hopelessly lost, all the rights and the possibility that Jesus within its God. Then through Jesus, just like Mephibosheth had grace in spite of all the evil that his family had done. To treat the Lord's, we have grace instead of judgments and claims when we come to Jesus with our sin.

2. Sam. 9. 1. David said, Is there yet any of Saul's house, so I can do well against him for Jonathan's sake? 2 Now there was in the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, he was called David, and the king said to him: Are you Ziba? He said, Your servant is he. 3 Then the king said, Is there yet any house of Saul, that I do God's kindness to him? Ziba answered, It is still a son of Jonathan, who is lame in both feet. 4 The king asked: Where is he? Ziba answered, He is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel in Lo Debar. 5 Then King David sent bids and fetched him from Machir, Ammiel son's house in Lo Debar. 6 And when Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, Saul's son, came to David, he threw himself down on his face. And David said, Mephibosheth! He said: Here is your servant. 7 David said to him: Be not afraid! I want to do well against you for Jonathan thy father's sake and give you back all of Saul your father's land, and you should always eat at my table. 8 Then he threw himself down and said, What is thy servant, that you let your eyes fall on a dead dog like me? 9 So the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him: All that pertained to Saul and all his house, I have given your master's son. 10 And thou shalt till the land for him, you and your sons and your servants, and the harvest for him as your master's son may have bread to eat, but even to Mephibosheth, your master's son, always eat at my table. Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, Your servant will do all so that my lord the king commands his servant. But Mephibosheth shall eat at my table as one of the king's sons [said King]. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica, and all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 But even Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table, and he was lame in both his feet.

Jesus' grace is equally

We will never earn God's grace, it gives us unmerited by faith and desire to have it. Jesus and the Father is there and welcome us with open arms, and we will grace just like Mephibosheth was in King David. He was lame in both feet but was still eating the same food as the King. So great is the grace of Jesus, we are all, without being able to earn and work for it. The same grace that Mephibosheth was in King David.

Will you be saved?

Pray this prayer: Father in Jesus' name I come within its you. Take me just as I am and cleanse me in your Son's precious blood. Make me a new creature in Christ Jesus. Give me your spirit, cleanse me and make me whole and new!
Thanks for that I am now your children dear Father, you love me and I love you. Thank you for that now I am your child and I will confess you to all people. Help me to remain in Jesus' grace and live up to comfortable and now the sky one day and live together with you forever. Save my family and velsing all people in Jesus' name!

Finally, we sing together with Pelle Karlsson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6wTtUcvkT4

So great är Jesus Kärlekens, found no words. So obeskrivlig the grace He Visat against us. Oh it är true, he sorts me.

1. Vad dispensed Happened to Jesus integration älskat. Vad dispensed Happened without His grace? Vad dispensed Happened to Jesus integration offrade his life. Oh it är true, he sorts me.

2. He came från glädjen with his Father. Train plats in gloomy människorader. För att visa's kärleksmakt, he offrade his life. Oh it är true, he sorts me.

Text & music: Andrae Crouch Swedish text: Pelle Karlsson

Related links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI34IailKIE




2 kommentarer:

  1. Isn’t it odd that if the Baptists and evangelicals are correct that their “born again experience” is the true and ONLY means of salvation, the term “born again” is only mentioned three times in the King James Bible? If “making a decision for Christ” is the only means of salvation, why doesn’t God mention it more often in his Word? Why only THREE times? Isn’t that REALLY, REALLY odd?

    Why is it that the Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, NEVER uses this term? Why is this term never used in the Book of Acts to describe the many mentioned Christian conversions? Why is this term only used by Jesus in a late night conversation with Nicodemus, and by Peter once in just one letter to Christians in Asia Minor?

    If you attend a Baptist/evangelical worship service what will you hear? You will hear this: “You must be born again: you must make a decision for Christ. You must ask Jesus into your heart. You must pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner’s Prayer). You must be an older child or adult who has the mental capacity to make a decision to believe, to make a decision to repent, and to make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart.”

    It is very strange, however, that other than “you must be born again” none of this terminology is anywhere to be found in the Bible! Why do Baptists and evangelicals use this non-biblical terminology when discussing salvation?

    Maybe…making a “decision” for Christ is NOT the manner in which sinners are saved!


    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

  2. Five questions that Baptists and Evangelicals should ask themselves

    1. Does the Bible state that a sinner is capable of choosing righteousness/choosing God?

    The Bible states that the sinner must believe and repent, but are these actions initiated and performed by man of his own intellectual abilities, or are faith, belief, and repentance a part of the entire "package" of salvation? Are faith, belief, and repentance part of the "free gift"? Does God give you faith, belief and repentance at the moment he "quickens" you, or does he require you to make a decision that you want them first, and only then does he give them to you?

    2. Is there any passage of Scripture that describes salvation in the Baptist/evangelical terms of: "Accept Christ into your heart", "Make a decision for Christ", "Pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner's Prayer)". Is it possible that being "born again" is something that God does at a time of his choosing, and not something that man decides to do at a time of his choosing? Is man an active participant in his salvation in that he cooperates with God in a decision to believe, or is man a passive participant in his salvation; God does ALL the work?

    3. Is the Bible a static collection of words or do the Words of God have real power, real supernatural power? How does the Bible describe the Word? Is it the meaning of the Word that has power or do the words themselves have supernatural power to "quicken" the souls of sinners, creating faith, belief and repentance?

    4. Does preaching the Word save everyone who hears it or only the "predestined", the "elect", the "called", the "appointed" will believe when they hear the Word?

    5. WHEN does the Bible, if read in its simple, plain, literal rendering, say that sins are forgiven and washed away?

    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals