How to be born again
There are many ideas about what a person must do to spend their eternity in Heaven. But the Bible is very clear about that. In John 3:1-7, Jesus tells Nicodemus (a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin) that he needed to be “born again.”
Then, in John 3:16, the Bible tells us that God loved us so much that He allowed His Son to die for us. Why? Because of what happened in Genesis Chapter 3 (the Fall of Man). Because Adam and Eve sinned, according to Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” Also in the same chapter and verses 23-24, Paul says that “we become justified through Jesus’ death.”
In other words, Jesus paid the sin debt for us.
Now, in Romans 5:6-11, Paul tells us that we had nothing to do with salvation…that Jesus, by the shedding of His blood, reconciled us to God. In Romans 6:23, we are told that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”
And then in Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
That verse implies a person must have faith in Jesus as savior and also confess Him as their savior. Now… unless they receive what He has done on Calvary’s cross, His death is of no meaning to them.
So, Paul tells us in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That means asking Jesus to become the manager of your life.
How do you “call” on the name of the Lord? By prayer.
What should you pray?
1) Admit that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23).
2) Believe that Jesus died for your sins (John 3:16).
3) Receive in your heart, the free gift of eternal life that God has given to you.
That is where many people stop short. Salvation is a free gift… but like a gift…it must be received.
So ask God to give you His free gift of salvation and ask Him to save you and He will.
Here’s an example of what I am talking about.
“Dear God. I know I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus loved me and died for my sins. Today, I ask you to forgive my sins, I turn from them and I accept Jesus as my savior. Come into my life, Lord Jesus, and take control. Thank you for dying for me and help me to live for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Is that all? No. You must put your faith to work, because Paul says “Faith without works is dead.”
So…find a good Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church and get busy doing kingdom work. God bless you as you begin to grow in your Christian faith.
Next week…”What’s the next step for a new Christian?”
Pastor Thad Gifford is lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church of Madison County, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, e-mail him at email@example.com or at their website www.3c-church.org