Faith
Wednesday January 25, 2013
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Born Again"

BORN AGAIN and Saved are two choices that God gives us and if this writing is to serve its purpose, it must leave us with a clear understanding of what BORN AGAIN and Saved both mean and how they may differ.
We begin in Mark 16:16 (KJV) where Christ, after ascending to Heaven, addresses what we must do if we are to be Saved:

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Jesus now tells what we must do to become the “He That Believeth” in this verse; Romans 10:9 (KJV) reads:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

And as we can see, if we are to Believe that Christ died and rose from the dead, placing His Sacrifice in our hearts is a necessity thing because it being in our hearts shows confessing it to be a believable thing.

Baptism shows that we Believe, yet many believe that being baptized represents the Born of Water part of being Saved but that is not so; Baptism serves to show others that we believe Christ died and rose again. Our bodies being submerged under water shows us believing that Christ died for us and we being raised out of the water show us believing that Christ rose from the dead.

Returning to BORN AGAIN and whether or not it differs from being Saved, we continue to address what Believing is; Believing includes knowing precisely what Christ accomplished when He died for us. Hebrews 2:14 (KJV) tells that Christ came to this Earth Age to die and that He dying for us was necessary; it served a purpose:

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Christ’s Death defeated Satan whose name is Death and with Satan being in charge of sin, Christ Death provides us with an escape; it allows us to obtain forgiveness, something that removes sin, Satan’s Power. If Christ had not died for us, we would still be accountable for our past sins and Satan’s Power would still be in effect.
In addition to forgiveness, Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) adds that Faith, believing that Christ died for us, is Grace:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Grace, a gift from God, comes from having Hope and Hope comes from believing in something that we cannot see; Romans 8:24 (KJV) connects Grace and Faith to Hope when telling what Hope is, for we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what

 

 


 

a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

So there we have it; Hope cannot be seen and those who limit themselves to believing only in what they can see, are able to see being Saved pass them by; Luke 8:12 (KJV) shows Satan doing what he can to make sure that it does:

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Competing with God, Satan spends 100% of his time steering us away from Salvation; he uses devices of camouflage to take God’s place in our hearts but 2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) shows us knowing all about his devices. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. So, with knowing this about Satan, what are we to do? Ephesians 6:11 (KJV) tells us to use it to stand against him:

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Putting on the Whole Armour of God allows us to hear what He is saying in scripture; John 10:9 (KJV) shows wearing it taking us through His door where we shall be Saved:

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Being in God’s pasture shows us with Faith and now we return to BORN AGAIN; John 3:3 (KJV) shows BORN AGAIN and its relationship to joining God in His Kingdom:

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.

We are about to see how being Saved differs from being BORN AGAIN; seeing it requires going to John 3:4-5 (KJV) where we, like Nicodemus, are confused by Christ telling us that we must be BORN AGAIN. Here Nicodemus is asking Christ if a man can be born when he is old and if he can enter a second time into his mother’s womb.

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?

Christ responds:

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.

It was in the World Age before this one that we were created and in Spiritual Bodies there, God required us to be BORN AGAIN, that is, if we desire entering His Kingdom. This meant that God then required of us to come to this, the Flesh Age, and be BORN AGAIN of water through our mother’s womb. The Fallen Angels, having refused to do this, join Satan being condemned.

John 3:13 (KJV) shows us in Heaven, being required as Christ did, to come down from heaven and be BORN AGAIN:

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven

Christ, like us, was BORN AGAIN; He came down from Heaven and was BORN AGAIN of water through Mary’s womb.
BORN AGAIN and being Saved are both required by God and us being here now positions us to add being Saved to BORN AGAIN. Believing in our heart that Jesus died and rose again is what Saves us and Matthew 10:22 (KJV) shows doing that leading to us being hated for Christ’s namesake, yet, we are to endure to the end:

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Does understanding scripture better help to understand BORN AGAIN?

Do you see BORN AGAIN and Saved having entirely different meanings?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com