How can a man be born again after he has already been born and become a man?
Jesus answered this question in John 3:3-12 (KJV):
"Jesus answered and said, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
"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?"
"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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
'Nicodemus answered, and said unto Him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him,
Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?"
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" Amen
Lesson 4: The Truth for man's salvation:
Many people have secret doubts about their salvation because they were never formally water baptized or sprinkled. We know Jesus received water baptism and encouraged others to do so. This was in symbolic recognition of their sins being washed away.
The spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit is what removes our sins and births our heart for true salvation. In St. Luke 23:39-43 we read that Jesus saved the thief hanging on a cross next to him without ceremony the same day.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward for our deeds; but his man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." Amen
Lesson 1: Many people are soul searching for truth concerning their salvation. This is the first of a series of lessons that Jesus taught to reveal the truth for man's salvation. In St. Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) Jesus answers the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It is a story about a traveler who is robbed, beaten and left for dead by the roadside. A priest passed by and ignored him. Then a Levite (a member of a priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi), came and looked at him and left without helping. Then a Samaritan (the Samaritans and Jews hated each other), came and cleaned up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Being religious in name only is not true salvation.
Actions speak louder than words. Amen
The Lord knows we need our Christian Faith strengthened and many of us need a better understanding of Faith. We begin a series of lessons
"Faith Revealed" from Romans 1:12,16-21 (Greek amplified bible): "That is that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other's faith, both yours and mine."
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ; for it is God's power working unto salvation (for
deliverance from eternal death) to every one who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance...".
"For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes
is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith- disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and live by faith."
"For God's holy wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative."
"For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because
God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made- His handiworks. So men are without excuse-
altogether without any defence or justification."
" Because when they knew and recognized Him as the God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God, or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking- with vain imaginings, foolish
reasoning and stupid speculations- and their senseless
minds were darkened." continued tomorrow:
Lesson 6: The Truth for man's salvation:
Who or what is pulling the strings in your life today?
We own things and have loved ones & friends that we are tied to in some fashion. These cords of pride in ownership and cherished relationships we attach to them work both ways.
We stay connected in our efforts to control them, without realizing that they can influence and control us as well. Material things are subject to wear & tear and all too often become burdens instead of blessings.
The same is true in our relationships with others.
Sometimes our love and desire to please others, becomes stronger than our desire to love and please God. Then we lose self-control of our personal lives and the ability to guide & influence others.
When we fail to let God control us; then the things of this world will take control of us in His place. Amen
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Loneliness and keeping to yourself go hand in hand.
When we decide to withdraw from the world and avoid contact with others; we open the door to feeling alone and sorry for ourselves.
This can open the door to depression, dementia and even Alzheimer's disease. Long term studies have proven that social interchange (talking and sharing with others) is vital to our well-being.
The holy bible tells us to meet together in fellowship and share our relationship with the Lord.
Now the devil comes along using our pride and hurt feelings to separate us from others that we love and care about. He knows that there is strength in numbers and power in united prayers to God.
He delights in a "grin and bear-it alone" attitude that prevents us from gaining strength from others when we are in need. He knows the scripture that Jesus said,
"Where two or more are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them". There is great comfort and support in faith from other Christians; that tells us we are not alone and helpless. We simply need to ask for it and they will respond. Amen
Many people lie to themselves by denying the pure truth of God's Word which compromises their Faith.
We continue with "Faith Revealed" in Romans 1:28-32
(amplified Greek bible):
"And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome."
"Until they were filled-permeated and saturated- with every kind of unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and covetous greed, and malice. (They were) full of envy and jealousy, murder, strife, deceit and treachery, ill will and cruel ways. [They were] secret backbiters and gossipers."
"Slanderers, hateful to and hating God, full of insolence, arrogance and boasting; inventors of new forms of evil, disobedient and undutiful to parents."
"[They were] without understanding, conscienceless and faithless, heartless and loveless [and] merciless.
Though they are fully aware of God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die,
they not only do them themselves, but approve and applaud others who practice them."
Lesson 2: The truth for man's salvation.
There is no justification for schisms (separations or divisions into factions) in the body of Christ.
1st Corinthians 12:12-13 and 25 (KJV):
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink in one Spirit."
"That there shall be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The only name tag for admission into heaven is
Jesus Christ. Amen
What are the priorities in your life today? Chances are they will be immediate and short time.
This day and age we are driven by urgency and pressured to meet the demands for quick actions and solutions. Then we tend to make hasty decisions that all too often involve emotional response.
This allows our tongue to be controlled by our natural man using human nature instead of spiritual control with the mind of Christ.
The Lord tells us, "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven". We are advised in James 1:19, "Wherefore my
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath".
We don't always take time to stop and pray, but we can listen to the Word of the Lord in our heart and mind before we obey impulsive actions.
This gives us answers we need and helps us determine our priorities. Then we have peace and comfort in a disturbed and troubled world. Amen
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Lesson 5: The Truth for man's salvation:
Most of us want peace of mind and a tranquil soul.
We usually blame others or circumstances when we
can't find them. All too often, we blame ourselves; but cannot find the answers we need.
Then we seek all kinds of escape solutions with alcohol, drugs and desperate measures trying to solve these inner problems. We have to face the truth in ourselves.
When we accept the salvation of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Truth becomes part of our being. This Spirit guides and directs us from within. It tells us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God; and warns us when we go in the wrong direction.
When we obey this gentle voice, the Spirit of Peace & Tranquility floods our mind and soul. When we ignore the warnings and harden our hearts; our mind takes control and does what it wants anyway. Then comes the disruption & conflict within ourselves.
We are God's children and we pay a price for disobedience. Every child of God is different and each of us has our own personalized set of rules. Some of us have the inner liberty to do things that others don't have. Then others have the inner freedom to do things
that we ourselves are not allowed to do.
Peace of mind and tranquil soul comes by obeying the
inner, special rules of Truth the Lord designed for you.
For those seeking the truth about Christian Faith, we continue with "Faith Revealed" in Romans 1:22-27
(amplified Greek bible):
"Claiming to be wise, they became fools- professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves. And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man, and birds and beasts and reptiles."
"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their own hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, abandoning them to the degrading power of sin. Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen-so be it."
"For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one."
"And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burned out, consumed) with lust for one another, men committing shameful acts with men and suffering their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong doing and going astray, which was their fitting retribution." continued tomorrow:
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If you took a spiritual blood test today and the results printed out in your soul; what would the results show? Would there be traces of guilt, hopelessness,
resentment and doubt?
All these impurities are the results of sins, either real or imagined. When they show up in testing, it means that your natural man's sin nature of this world has contaminated your spiritual examination.
The blood of Jesus our Christ that wiped out all your sins, is still pure and holy and cannot be contaminated with sins.
His blood purified your spirit and gave it life in faith, hope and love. You received it because you believed it. You will have His loving grace for this life as long as you believe it and then for all eternity.
Don't use the needles of your natural mind to test your spiritual man's blood. Let the Holy Spirit rise up into your soul and give you the truth about the purity of your spiritual being.
That's pure faith, hope and love in the blood of Jesus our Christ. Amen
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Lesson 3: The Truth for man's salvation:
We are forbidden to worship the messengers of God,
the churches and their doctrines instead of God.
In Acts 14:14-15 (KJV) Paul and Barnabas stopped the people who wanted to worship them as gods:
"Then the priests of Jupiter ...brought oxen and garlands...and would have done sacrifice with the people; Which, when Barnabas and Paul heard of, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people,
crying out, Saying, sirs, why do ye do these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things that are therein."
In Revelation 19:10 we see John about to worship a messenger angel and was forbidden to do so:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV) is very clear to all: "Ye shall make ye no idols, nor graven images, neither rear you up
a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it. For I am the Lord your God. " Amen
Do you know that God promises us victory over a world of troubles and problems through our faith in Jesus?
We continue "Acts of the Holy Spirit" in 1st John 5:1-12:
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments."
"For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
"This is He that came by the water and the blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is Truth."
"For there are three that bear record in heaven. The Father, the Word (Son, Jesus), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."
"If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he that believeth not the record that God gave of His Son."
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that not the Son of God hath not life." continued tomorrow:
Lesson 7: The Truth for man's salvation:
All of us are born with a spiritual hole in our heart
where God wants to dwell. This void in our lives can only be filled and made whole by the Holy Spirit using the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Adam & Eve were made perfect and filled with the Spirit of God. Their rebellion and disobedience caused their spiritual death and all following them.
Jesus came as the second Adam to restore man with God in spiritual rebirth and all accepting him.
Nothing in and of this world can fill that void in our heart and make us whole; no matter what man tries.
The only true and pure source of spiritual life to make us complete is Jesus our Christ abiding in our heart. Without Him you are spiritually dead already. With Jesus we are reborn again for eternal life. Amen The end of this series of lessons.
Now we can be certain that we have eternal life and that our prayers will be answered. We conclude our series of lessons on "Acts of the Holy Spirit" from
1st John 5:12-21 (KJV):
"These things I have written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God (Jesus Christ), that ye may know that you have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (Jesus Christ)."
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us.
And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."
"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death."
"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true,
even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols."
End of series: Amen
The Lord walks among His servants, bringing a pitcher of living water and a platter of fruits of the Spirit for all to share. His love and truth is sent for your
'Spring break' from 2nd John 1:3-11 (KJV):
"Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love."
"I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another."
"And this is love, that we walk after His commandment.
This is the commandment. That, that as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 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 may receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." Amen
The perfect (pure) love of God in our hearts will drive out our fears and let us love one another in spirit and truth, when we yield to it. We continue teaching from 1st John 4:12-21 (KJV):
"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby we know that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit."
"And we have seen and testify that the Father hath sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."
"And we have known and believed that the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as He is, so are we in this world."
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. If a man say I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his own brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"
"And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also."
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