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"Ye must be born again"
God stated that if Adam and Eve would eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil then they would die. ( Gen 2:17)
This death was bestowed upon them and their seed (All humanity).
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Cor 5:22
God said we would also have an enemy from our conception.
Gen 3:15 "And I will put enmity between thee (The Serpent who deceived Eve) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed (God HAS to be talking about Christ here as satan would NOT have other children of satan as his enemy Matthew 12:26); it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.;"
God also tells us that only through this "seed" will we have victory over "that old serpent, the devil." Jesus uses parables in the New Testament showing that the "Seed" is Himself, Word of God. Mat 13:19-31; Mat 13:37, 38 ; Act 3:25 ; Act 13:23 ; Rom 4:16
The Lord verifies throughout His Word that we have sin pronounced upon us from birth.
1. "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5
2. "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies." Psalm 58:3
3. "...for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb." Isaiah 48:8
When a man comes to Christ, it is through the realization of the truth of the three scriptures you just read. And the understanding that they are cut off from God because of this. This is most troubling to this man's soul and he begins to seek God and what must be done to make peace with his creator.
This is the work of the Lord. God has ordained this.
"There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked." Isaiah 48:22
As man seeks peace, God will lead this man unto the Gospel of Christ.
God will show this man that peace and a clean conscience can only be achieved through Christ's death and shedding of blood at the cross.
Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (permanant sabbath)
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Jesus also offers us a chance to have HIM live within us.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20
(To read a message about all the POWER God offers us when He enters our spirit please read this message.)
But Jesus also talks about this dwelling within us here:
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
If you or anyone thinks that there is not a real change upon conversion of Christ let's look at these verses:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.". 2 Corinthians 5:17
It's amazing to me how corrupted the gospel has become. Of course it is no longer THE Gospel. But now it is "Another Gospel". There are many such OTHER Gospels being preached. Therefore we know we are in the last times. Because these other gospels are preached by those who are "Accursed" and therefore they are anti christ.
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." 1 John 2:18
2 John 1:7, 8 ¶ "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward."
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Corinthians 13:5
We have to make sure that WE are NOT antichrist. That we are teaching that men can become new creatures thorugh God's life dwelling within us. It's the only way to make it to heaven.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." 1 Corinthians 15:45
Paul is speaking of Christ as being the last Adam here. And let us understand what he means by Christ being made a "quickening spirit"
It's easy to look at the original Greek which says that "Christ is made a LIFE GIVING Spirit"
He quickens us with eternal life just as prophesied thorugh Ezekiel here:
"And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." Ezekiel 36:27
This isn't done at birth or through baptism. It is done when a man becomes convicted of his sin and his wretchedness and calls upon God for forgiveness and then this man understands the suffering of Christ, who was God in the flesh, and this man becomes even more exceedingly guilty before the throne of God, realizing that he isn't worthy of the least of God's mercies. He then collapsing crying to the Lord in praise, worship and thanksgiving becomes Justified through Faith in the Lord's work, Blood and powerful Holy Spirit leading this man in all things.
Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In other words, in all thy ways acknowledge the Word of God and God through His Word will direct "thy paths" And this can only be properly done if you have truly repented of your sins and become "Born Again"
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May God bless you in Jesus' Name. Amen
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the 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 of the Spirit, he cannot enter into 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 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.