"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)

Introduction:

           The Christian’s “new birth” is the crux of the gospel message, the reconciliation of humankind to their God through the death, atonement, and resurrection of Jesus. This teaching is pointed more toward the unbeliever, but the believer will also find it beneficial as a season of refreshment, and sadly, there are many that confess belief, but truly do not understand this doctrine. Some of the problem for this near causality is because there are some that teach “just repeat this simple prayer and all will be made right” as proper evangelism and disciple-making. This is not the way to a new birth! An understanding of our need and nature, the fact that we are ALL sinners, genuine repentance, belief, and confession are among the leading ingredients. 

            Over the last two-thousand years, there has been much controversy surrounding the subject of one being “born again. It is also referenced by other terms including “saved,” “salvation,” “new birth,” “saving grace,” “born again,” among others. All of these references refer to the same thing. The only difference is what denomination in which you hear the terms used and how “they” apply its meaning. Biblically, the term “born again” literally means “born from above.” It is a spiritual birth, not a physical birth. A change of the heart – a spiritual transformation, and an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes.

            There are equally differing “opinions” of how this new birth takes place and how it is acquired by the recipient. Some argue that one can “fall from grace” and lose their “salvation,” while others believe in eternal security, meaning it is not something that can be lost or repossessed by God. These questions and many others will be addressed in this article and the ONLY answers that will be given come straight from the infallible Word of God, the Bible. I will explain as we journey along.

            One thing is of absolute certainty! All people of the world need this salvation and born-again experience! None are exempt, and none are without the need for repentance and forgiveness! Also, noteworthy is the fact that we are all given a choice by God concerning salvation. We are free to choose or reject His gift, and this is the single, MOST IMPORTANT decision you will ever make in your life, and life is full of many choices. In examining what your decision will be, keep in mind that within your final determination, a matter of life or death hangs in the balance.

            I give you fair warning! This article will be a bit longer but is of such importance the length should be of no concern in the “big picture” of life. The information that I will provide here is the very foundation of Christianity, the desire of God’s heart, and the reason for the death of Jesus, and He did not die in vain!

The Question Asked Of Jesus By Nicodemus

     Through extensive study, the best I can determine, the first use of the term “born again” was used in John 3:1-21 as mentioned by Jesus to Nicodemus. It is inferred and eluded to in Old Testament documentation, but not specifically the term “born again.” Nicodemus was a Pharisee and leading member of the Sanhedrin council (the ruling body of the Jews). Because of his high position and general rejection of Jesus by the committee, Nicodemus came to ask Jesus questions under cover of night. Nicodemus believed that God had sent Jesus and his spirit stirred for the truth of God.

Their conversation:

                       “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by 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.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

            Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘ You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

            Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, we speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.

            If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

            For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

            And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”     

            We can determine from the above conversation that Jesus was not offering Nicodemus a suggestion, but in fact, told him that all humankind needed this new birth and that He (Jesus) would be the sacrifice and bridge between God and all peoples of the world. Also, noteworthy is the fact that Jesus inferred this to be the determined will of God and a choice offered to humanity. Let’s journey onward as there is much more to understand.

      

WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

       “In the beginning God created…” (Genesis 1:1) We must realize and understand that God is the creator of all things. “All things” include humanity, as evidenced in Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. In the history of creation, a total of six days, the man was created on the sixth day. God created man AFTER He had created all that man (used universally to mean man and woman) would need to occupy the earth. He met man’s need BEFORE He met man! This is only one example of His love for us! He provided FOR man, made in his image before He created man!

            After the creation of man, God told them of His supplications for them, they had dominion over the earth and everything in it, and to go forth and multiply. He (God) only imposed one rule on man; “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” God was not speaking of a physical death here. He was informing them of spiritual death if they decided to be disobedient! Unlike a “physical death,” “spiritual death” is something to be feared! The results of a spiritual death are that upon our physical death, we become eternally separated from God, for all eternity, without a second chance at our decision! Spiritual death becomes final upon our physical death if we have chosen to reject the offer of “salvation,” our “new birth”!

           Sadly, the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, decided to be disobedient and did eat of the tree God had forbidden. They immediately experienced the promise of God and inwardly realized their spiritual death! They became shamefully and painfully aware that they were naked before God and hid from Him. They had formally communed with God daily and walked with Him in the cool of the garden, but now, no more. This painful event was the spiritual demise of humanity and is known respectively as “the fall of man.” Mankind was now in great need of a plan of salvation.

            As an act of love, grace, and mercy, God removed the man from the garden of Eden (biblically defined as “pleasure” or “paradise”). Yes, an act of mercy! If God had left man and woman in the garden, they would have inevitably eaten from the “Tree of Life,” and would have been FOREVER lost in the emptiness of eternal separation and a fallen nature. God, in His Infinite Wisdom, had a plan of salvation and redemption.

   

IF ADAM AND EVE COMMITTED THE SIN, WHY DOES IT CONCERN ME?

           The creation of ALL humanity has its beginning roots in Adam and Eve. God told them “to go forth and multiply,” and they did just that. They are biologically (connected by direct genetic relationship) responsible for the first generation of mankind, and from them, springs forth every successive generation. Knowing, and understanding this, is foundational to our coming into the understanding of our demise. Therefore, as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, EVERY member of humanity INHERITS this fallen, sinful nature. It is through DNA (our biological connection to Adam) that our natural tendencies are bent toward evil and the reason for our conflict of disobedience toward God!

            You may notice that the terms sin, sinner, and sin nature are repeatedly used here and throughout scripture. They surround the same subject but have very different meanings as used in the scriptures. Understand their definition like this: I am a “sinner” because I “sin.” I “sin” because I inherited this “sin nature” from Adam. Therefore I am a “sinner.” I did not ask for this nature, I inherited it, and with my inheritance, comes my responsibility and accountability. We do not have to tell a dog to bark, do we? No, a dog barks because it is a dog! I sin because I am a sinner. I am a sinner because I have a sin nature.

            To bring this truth a bit clearer, I offer the following example: when a baby is born into this world, he or she inherits the parent’s DNA (as well as that of Adam and Eve) and hereditary traits. The baby had no control over what portions were inherited. He or she could not pick their eye or hair color; it was inherited.

             We inherited sin whether we want it or not, and the punishment for sin is eternal death! Sin is our very nature, and we are in desperate need of forgiveness and a plan of salvation!

The following scriptures establish this truth:

            “Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” (Romans 5:14) 

            “For if by the one man’s [Adam] offense many died…” (Romans 5:15)

            “For if by the one man’s [Adam] offense death reigned through the one…

(Romans 5:17)

            “Therefore, as through one man’s [Adam] offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation…” (Romans 5:18)

            “For as by one man’s [Adam] disobedience, many were made sinners…” (Romans 5:19)

            “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23)

AND…

            “For since the creation of the world His [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

(Romans 1:20-21)

             [This scripture explains that ALL humanity was physically born with an undeniable inclination toward God and His creation. Therefore, all are without excuse because they DID know God. On the day of judgment, no one will be able to stand before God and offer the explanation that he or she did not know. He has made sure that all of us are “aware” of Him and let us not forget, we were created in His image!]

 Are you beginning to see humanity’s need for a “new birth” and “salvation”? Every unbeliever rests in the valley of decision, and a decision must be made.

      

A VIVID PICTURE OF OUR FALLEN AND SINFUL NATURE

           “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues, they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways, And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)

           Eternal death is the result of fallen humanity, and the following scripture is descriptive of how our demise look. Ugly wouldn’t you agree? Along with the vivid view of fallen humanity, this scripture also puts to rest the argument of “I am a good person” often posed by those who wish to forego God’s way of salvation and attempt to enter eternal life by their merit and works. This, of course, is impossible! Not one person will enter eternal life without entering through Jesus! We can not earn, purchase, or steal our salvation as it is ONLY received from God as a gift.

          “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

SIN IS NOT FREE AND A PRICE MUST BE PAID

           “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

            God is holy, sinless, and faithful to His word. As such, a price is required to be paid for our sin lest God be made a liar. As we observe in the above scripture, we are given two choices to make the required payment. Pay the price in full ourselves which is our eternal death and separation from God, or receive the gift of God through Jesus as payment in full. God sent Himself to the cross in the man Jesus and paid the high price for us. Again, we find our self in the valley of decision! The choice should be obvious, but God loves us so much that He allows us to choose freely.

            As stated before, this decision is the most important one you and I will ever make during the entire course of our life on the earth, and life is but a vapor when eternity is in view. Given the magnitude of this decision, I would never want to be guilty of failing to provide adequate information to aid you in the decision-making process. Not even accidentally! God goes above and beyond in showing us the love He has for us. He does not require our help, our “cleaning” ourselves up, or our “getting right” before we approach His throne of grace. He wants us to come just as we are! Consider these words:

            “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE BORN AGAIN?

           It would seem that we are brought back to the question of Nicodemus, “How can these things be?”. The short answer to this question is to confess, belief, and receive on and in the Lord Jesus and His completed work on the cross, but it is necessary to understand the what, where, when, why, and how thoroughly.

            Also, remember that it cannot be earned, bought, or stolen. In the following scriptures, I will outline the ingredients of a genuine spiritual new birth.

          The first step is to understand, agree, and confess that you are a sinner in need of saving. Keep in mind that God does not categorize sin as misdemeanors and felonies. Sin is sin is sin in His eyes and is equally worthy of the same penalty.

           “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23) No one is exempt!

           Once you have realized that you are indeed a sinner in need of saving, the second step is to understand the penalty for sin.

            “For the wages [price, penalty] of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)

            The third step is genuine heartfelt repentance. The biblical meaning of repentance is “changing the mind; reconsidering for the better; or a moral change of heart.” Repentance means to agree with God concerning what is morally wrong or of a negative influence in our lives. Plainly and simply we fall terribly short of His glory and holy standards.

            “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:1-2)

            “Then Peter said to them, ” Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

            “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)

          The fourth step is to understand that our new birth cannot be earned, bought, or stolen by us. The high price for the penalty of sin is justifiably required by God and paid in full by Jesus in His death on the cross. Is accepted by God as evidenced by the resurrection of Jesus to life, and is offered to us freely.

            “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God gave, and we receive!

            “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

            “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

            The fifth and final step is where it all comes together! I am excited here, aren’t you as well. This is where the gift of “saving faith” is applied, and we believe what we have acknowledged and learned, confess our heartfelt belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and freely receive His gift. These ingredients mixed equal a “new birth,” and your spirit will confirm and testify of it!

          “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)

          “For ” whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

            After we are “born again” we are freed from our old inheritance of eternal death and receive a new inheritance. There are many blessings within our new heritage! Some of them are adoption into the family of God, become a child of God the Father, are redeemed, reconciled to God, justified, sanctified, viewed by God as holy, entered life, and are no longer under the bondage and condemnation of sin! As you grow as a Christian, you will come to realize many other beautiful and wonderful blessings of being a child of the Highest, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

            “But as many, as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

 

WATER BAPTISM

           After you are born again, Jesus commands us to be baptized by complete immersion in water and is symbolic of our freedom, pardon, deliverance, forgiveness, and liberty. It is an outward expression of our new inward condition and a sign of our release from the bondage of sin and death. In baptism, we symbolically share in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to newness of life!

            “Then Peter said to them, ” Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

            “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (Acts 2:41)

            “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.” (Acts 8:12)

     

WHAT IF I SIN AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN…?

           Contrary to what some may teach, repentance is not a one-time event. In fact, for the Christian, it becomes part of our manner of life. This does not mean that we need to be “born again, again.” It means that ALL of our sins past, present, and future have been paid for and forgiven us, but our “sin nature” has yet to be crucified, and as such we will come into the real tangible knowledge of the spiritual warfare that occurs within our spirit. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul states it like this:

          “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:14-25)

            As you grow and mature in the new birth, keep in mind that you are under the grace of God and not the law. Learn to practice “righteousness mindedness” instead of being “sin consciousness minded.” In other words, stay mindful that you have put on the righteousness of Jesus and are no longer bound to the bondage of the mind that constantly reminds you of your sinful nature. That is a tactic of our enemy, the devil! You WILL sin again even after you are born again. I am not giving anyone a license to sin as we should at least try not to, but our “sinful nature” is real and fights against us. What I am giving here is a reminder of the grace and mercy of God. Grace and mercy were His ideas, and I for one am thankful for it! God always shows us the way:

            “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9)

            “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

     

ETERNAL SECURITY

           As I stated in the introduction, there are those who do not hold fast to the truth that a born-again Christian is eternally secure. They believe and teach that a Christian can lose their salvation and have termed this loss as “falling from grace.” This term is nowhere in the Bible nor its meaning inferred or implied. The truth of the Word is the truth, and we cannot change it!

            Now, it is of great importance to define what a Christian is and is not. A “Christian” is not a person who has said a prayer or walked down an aisle or been raised in a Christian family. While each of these things can be a part of the Christian experience, they are not what makes a Christian. A Christian is a person who has fully trusted in Jesus Christ as their only Savior and therefore possesses the Holy Spirit. 

            If we are genuinely born again, we receive the seal and indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the time of our new birth. Right then, right there! So, the short answer is NO a genuinely born again Christian CAN NOT lose their salvation. You knew that I was not just going to settle for giving you the short answer, right? If I did, I would do you an injustice.

            Let’s approach the subject with some common-sense statements and also turn to the scriptures for the definitive answer. As we do so, let’s keep in mind the grace above and mercy of God.

            Yes, He is Holy, sinless, firm, and means what He says, but He cannot be full of and the giver of grace and mercy and at the same time be dogmatic and legalistic. This would not be characteristic of Him at all. That said, Jesus will one day soon, return to earth the second time to establish His Kingdom. At this time, He will come as conquering King as His work of suffering Savior is complete. In the meantime, He expects us to enjoy and be thankful for this dispensation of grace we currently enjoy.

            By the way, “eternal security” is not a term used in the bible either. It is a “man-made” term used to describe that our salvation is safely secure in the hands of our Savior. On to eternal security, we go making the following observations:

           A Christian is a new creation in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) For a Christian to lose their salvation, God would have to destroy the new creation.

           A Christian is redeemed. “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19) In plain sight, this scripture tells us that we are redeemed (purchased at the price of Jesus’ death). For a Christian to lose their salvation, God would have to revoke His purchase and issue Himself a refund of the individual whom He paid for with the precious blood of Jesus. If that were to happen, then the penalty and price would again fall on us. If we could not pay the price the first time, it is impossible for us to purchase for the second time. Furthermore, it would mean that the blood of Jesus is no effect and His death was in vain.

           A Christian is justified. Our “justification” means that through the Lord Jesus we have been declared righteous (in right standing with God, holy and acceptable). “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1) For a Christian to lose their salvation, God would have to go back on His word and revoke His previous declaration. We would have to go on trial again and would be found guilty. God would have to reverse His prior sentence of the death of Jesus.

            A Christian is promised eternal life. Eternal life is the promise of spending forever with God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) Again, in plain sight we see, God loved, He gave His Son, we believe in Him, and we have EVERLASTING life! For a Christian to lose their salvation, God would have to redefine the meaning of eternal life. He has already promised that if we “believe and you will have everlasting (eternal) life. Endless means are eternal!

            A Christian is marked by God and sealed by His Holy Spirit. At the very moment of our new birth, we are labeled and sealed by God as one of His own. This mark and sealing serve as earnest (deposit to guarantee our heavenly inheritance). “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14) For a Christian to lose their salvation, God would have to wash off the mark, withdraw His Spirit, take back the deposit, break His promise, revoke the guarantee, keep our inheritance, forgo the praise, and lessen His glory. Do you think God will do any that? Nope! He is pure and faithful to His word, ALWAYS!

            A Christian is guaranteed glorification. This promise will be fulfilled later when we received our glorified and perfected resurrected bodies. “Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) For a Christian to lose their salvation, Romans 8:30 would have to deemed to be in error because God could not guarantee glorification for those that have been predestined, called, and justified.

            Salvation is an irrevocable gift from God. God has never taken back what He has given, and never will! “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) God cannot renege on His Word.

            God cannot lie. It is not even possible for God to lie! If He lied, then He would have to sin, and He is sinless, then, now, and forever. “…God, who cannot lie” (Titus 1:2)

            NOTHING can separate a child of God from His love. (not even sin after being born-again!) Nothing can remove us from the hand of God. He does not misplace/lose things as we do! He cannot; He is God! “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) God took full responsibility for bringing the lost home!

            We have an excellent and Faithful Savior. “Now to Him who can keep you from stumbling,

And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen! (Jude 1:24-25) We are assured that our good and faithful Savior, Jesus, is able to keep us safely secure to the day of our redemption.

             The verdict is in! A Christian cannot lose their salvation and remains safely secure in the hands of the Savior! If we lost our salvation then God would not be God, and, HE IS. Amen and Amen! Thank You, Jesus!

 

SAMPLE PRAYER FOR SALVATION

           If you have read this teaching, undoubtedly you are feeling a tug in your heart. It may be gentle or firm. The strength of the tug is not all that important. What is essential, is that this tug is the “voice” of the Holy Spirit (Jesus) encouraging you to speak to Him (pray). He is asking you to come to Him and experience His love and giving you another opportunity to make your decision. He does not use force as He is a gentleman.

            If you were to look back over your life with careful attention, you would most likely remember missed opportunities given to receive your gift of a new birth. Don’t let another one pass you up! God has not promised us tomorrow on this earth and life is merely a vapor in the wind.

            I am a mere man and for this reason, do not make promises if there be any chance of my breaking them. This commitment I will make! If you choose Jesus this day, you will never regret your decision, you will feel and know a love you have never known before, and your life will forever be changed.

            I offer this sample prayer if you have decided to receive your new birth. You can recite it and make it your prayer as long as you mean what you say from the heart, or you can offer prayer in your own words, sincerely from your heart.   

 PRAYER:

          Father God, I see now and know that I am a sinner and have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. However, Father God, Jesus took upon Himself the punishment I deserve so that through my faith in Him I could be forgiven. With Your help, I sincerely choose this day to believe and receive His gift of salvation.

            I confess Jesus Christ as my Savior and the Lord of my life. I repent of my sins, ask for Your forgiveness, and seek your help in living my life according to Your will. Father mark me, seal me, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I also ask that You lead me to the place of my water baptism so that I may be obedient to You. I thank You for loving me, saving me, Your beautiful and incredible grace, mercy, and forgiveness, and for giving me eternal life with You. In the name of Jesus, I pray. ~Amen (so be it)

CONCLUSION

                Thank you for enduring this long teaching. As I said before, this is the most critical decision you will ever make over the entire course of your life! So important that I cannot in good conscience intentionally leave one stone unturned. The time you spent reading this will be the best fifteen or twenty minutes you will have invested.

            If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior after reading this, would you PLEASE consider letting me know? I would love to celebrate with you, welcome you to the family of God, and thank Jesus alongside you.

            It is my heartfelt prayer that you have received the new birth and entered life eternal. If you have any questions, comments, need a friend, prayer, or a shoulder to cry on, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to help you and respond as soon as possible! I have provided a contact form below. May God pour out His best blessings upon you! 

~Pastor Tim (bibletim)

       

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