Born Again?

We seem to have a whole class of Christians in the U.S. who believe that being born again is simply a matter of choosing GOD. None of us have the power to birth ourselves once, let alone a second time, there must be more than just choosing or believing. It is true that choosing and believing play a part in being born again, or regeneration whatever you want to call it, but the power that makes it manifest is from GOD, so as you believe and choose you must also trust into and until it is manifest by the living GOD. Please, please don’t be under the mistaken impression that you are born again if the life of Christ is not being manifest in you.  The life of Jesus being if nothing else, a living hope, a hope that passes understanding, so that whatever situation you may be in no matter how bad or how depressed you believe that it will not last forever. That Jesus is lord and He is working all things out for the good, that is the hope in which we live, and that hope is greater than anything that may come against us.
We are not saved because we trust that we are born again, we are born again because we trust that Jesus is LORD, as opposed to ourselves as lord which is the way we lived as children of Adam born of the flesh. Being born of the Spirit and living by the Spirit is to live according to the life of Jesus in us. The new life that rules in us is the life Of Jesus that is what it means to be Born Again, to no longer live according to the life of Adam, but according to the new life of Christ. In summary to be born again is not so much to believe that you are born again as it is to have a new life (the life of Christ Jesus) living and ruling in you. It is that life that gives us hope, not the confession or the conversion..

A Labor of Love!

I write this to Christians that you may come to a deeper understanding of who you are in Christ and what is the hope of your calling. This word is intended by the grace of God to build up the faith of the born again believer and in no way intended to speak peace where there is no peace. If, in reading this you become convicted about your relationship (or lack of) with  God through Jesus Christ, don’t get mad, don’t feel bad and quit reading, don’t throw up your hands and give up, simply repent, go to God in Christ and get right. It is my desire and the desire of your maker that none would perish but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of Jesus.  Please understand as we go through this that we all fall short of the glory of GOD and that knowledge should neither cause us to despair and try harder nor should it cause us to feel better about ourselves and not enter in.  The revelation of our own failure, juxtaposed against His righteousness should serve, not so much to make us feel bad or cause us to hate the one we feel may be judging us but  to drive us out of ourselves and into Him.

He who knew no sin became sin for us that we may become the righteousness of God in Christ.

First let us look at what Paul had to say in the book of Romans ;

For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17, NETtext)

You may find this difficult to believe but what Paul is saying here is that the righteousnesses of GOD through faith in Jesus actually works righteousness in us in the same way that the transgression of Adam served to work unrighteousness in us before we knew the truth.  OK so the way this works out in reality (or at least the way it could) is this when you look at yourself and your history you have to notice a principal that has always worked in you, causing you to whatever degree to fall short of the glory of GOD.  Now if you could believe it, we being reconciled to GOD by his death are also being saved by His life, so that the life of Christ works in us now just as the death of Adam worked in us then.

I will be the first to admit this is a little hard to swallow because when we look at ourselves…no matter how advanced we may become in Christian doctrine we still see some one who falls short (to whatever degree). This requires a whole new way of thinking..

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NETtext)

Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service.Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1,2, NETtext)