THE NEW BIRTH
As many as received Him to them gave he the right to become children of God,
even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)
NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH
John Wesley was asked why he preached so often on, "Ye must be born again.
"He answered, "Because ye must be born again,"
Have YOU been born again?
Without it, you have no hope of escaping the terrors of hell or enjoying
the glories of heaven. The Lord Jesus said, "Ye must be born again," (John 3:7).
What is The New Birth?
It is not religion.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a very strict
religionist. He celebrated the
Passover, paid tithes, said prayers, brought sacrifices and tried to keep the Law.
To HIM the Lord Jesus said, "Ye must be born again. "Law keeping, joining the church, being baptized or living up to a religious
creed will not save you.
There will be many in hell who did all of these things.
Will you? Ye MUST be born again.
It is Not Morality! - You May Try to...
Keep the Golden Rule
Pay Your Bills
Be A great Neighbour
Keep out of
Live A Clean Moral Life
None of These Things Will Save You!
It is not recorded that our Lord said, "Ye Must be born again," to cowardly,
vacillating Pilate, or to two-faced, hypocritical Judas.
Because you would say, "I know miserable hypocrites like Judas,
and men like Pilate need to be born again, but I'm not like them.
I wouldn't betray Christ with a kiss after professing to be His friend.
I wouldn't order Jesus to be beaten and then turn
Him over to a
howling blood-thirsty mob to be crucified. Gangsters, thugs,
adulterers, whoremongers, liars, drunkards and gamblers need to
be born again, but not I.. I'm all right."
My friend, do you realize that God's Son spoke these words on
new birth to a man who was doing his best to gain heaven? Without a doubt,
he was neither a crook, drunkard, nor gambler. He was a true husband,
a good neighbour, a man of clean morals, and religious.
|If he needed to be born again, so do you. How do
you expect to
make it to heaven without being born again if Nicodemus couldn't?
IT'S NOT REFORMATION
Even if you would quit all your meanness, that would not be the new birth.
Your trouble is not on the outside, but on the inside. You don't need exterior
decoration, but interior regeneration. Satan wants you to rest in a false peace.
We warn you in Jesus' name, don't be satisfied unless you have been born again.
It is a mystery you cannot explain, but a reality no man can explain away.
"The wind bloweth where it listeth (pleases), and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell
whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is
everyone that is born of the Spirit," (John 3:8).
Just as Nicodemus could not understand or explain the wind, so no man
can understand or explain the new birth. But the wind is a reality no
explain away. Only a fool would say,
"I don't believe in the wind because I have never seen
it and I can't understand it."
See the wind move the big limbs of an oak. Watch the wind tear
a house to splinters. You cannot deny the reality of wind!
You cannot see the Holy Spirit. You cannot explain Him.
But see His mighty power make the prostitute pure,
the liar honest, the drunkard sober, the blasphemer pray,
and then try to deny the reality of it.
Physical Life and Spiritual Life..
It is the work of God by which a poor, lost, guilty, Hell - deserving sinner
who receives the Lord Jesus receives a new nature, becomes a
child of God and
begins a new life. It is a second birth, a spiritual birth.
Physical life begins by birth. Spiritual life begins the same
way - not by joining church and becoming religious.
You cannot JOIN the family of God
you must be BORN into it. Someone has said, "You can't make a
Christian out of anybody." True, Christians are not made, they are born.
A birth is the coming into being of a new life
which has the nature of its parents.
When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker of the
old nature, the sinful nature we all received from Adam.
When you are born again, you become a partaker of the divine nature
(2Peter 1:4). Is this true of
Do You have the divine nature?
Divine Life - Instantaneous
No matter what kind of a religious profession you have made, no matter
how good a person you may be morally, unless you have been made
the partaker of
the divine nature, you are not saved.
God gives you this new nature the moment you receive His Son.
It is instantaneous. You can no more be born again by degrees than
you can shoot a firecracker by degrees. When you are born again,
you begin living a new life. That is what
happened when you were
born the first time; you began living a life you had never lived before.
YOU MUST BE SURE!
Some think they are going to heaven just because they went forward
in a meeting. Be sure you are born again. There may be a more spectacular
change in the life of one who is a drunken, railing blasphemer, but even
in you who
have not been down deep in sin, there is bound to be a change
when you are born again. There will be a new attitude towards the
Lord Jesus Christ, His Word, and His people.
ARE YOU SURE YOU
HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN?
You may not know the exact day or hour you trusted Christ, but you should
be able to say, "I know NOW I am born again." If you are not certain about
this most solemn matter,
I beg of you to tell the Lord Jesus that you receive
Him now. Then read John 3:36 and believe it.
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life."
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
WHY? - Because -You Have A Sinful Nature!
The nature we all receive from Adam is fallen, corrupt and totally depraved.
God says the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above
things.Jer17:9 With this old nature you could not enjoy yourself in heaven.
If you can't find any pleasure in a prayer meeting now, how can you
expect to enjoy heaven hereafter? Heaven is a holy place.
When you are born again, God gives you a holy nature
that you might
enjoy yourself in heaven, a holy place.
Why? - Because You Cannot Save Yourself!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast," (Eph2:8-9).
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to His mercy He saved us," (Titus 3:5). Now don't skip lightly over
these two quotations from God's Holy Word. Read them again
and again until the truth grips you.
You cannot save yourself-you
MUST be born again.
How To Be Born Again ...
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many
as received Him, to them gave He power (right) to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on His Name: which were born, (1)
not of blood, (2)
nor of the will of the flesh, (3) nor of the will of man, (4) but of God," (John1:11-13).
1. IT IS NOT OF BLOOD!
You are not a Christian just because your parents may be.
You do not inherit salvation from your parents.
Even though your folks may be saved,
if you have
not been born again, you are lost.
2. IT IS NOT THE WILL OF THE FLESH
It is not by your own efforts and will power. You will fail. So why
not stop trying? Instead of trying, trust, receive, depend upon the
One who died and
rose again. If I'd ask some of you if you were
a child of God, you would say, "I don't know for sure, but
I'm trying to be, in my poor, weak way. "Now suppose you ask
Johnny Jones if he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones and
he'd answer, "I'm not certain,
but I'm trying to be, in my poor,
weak way." How silly! He is not their son because he tries to be,
but because he was born into their home. If you are a child of God,
it is not because you are trying to be, but because you have been
born into His
3. IT IS NOT OF THE WILL OF MAN!
It is not brought about by any of man's religious creeds, systems,
or ceremonies. No man or organization can do anything to you that
will make you a child of
God. Join what you will, go through ceremony after ceremony, memorize creeds, and try to keep the rules and regulations of
man - made systems, but it will not save you.
I heard a man testify, "I have been the president of the men's Bible
our church for the past two years, but I didn't get saved
until just two months ago." For twenty-two months the president
of the men's Bible class, a member of the church, believing in
God and the Bible, but lost, because he had never been born again.
4. THE NEW BIRTH IS A GIFT OF GOD!
The Lord Jesus said you must be born "of the SPIRIT." It is God's work,
not yours. It is a miracle. Only God can perform it. If God has not done
a work in your
life, you are not born again. Your part is to believe
God's record about you, that you are lost and in need of Christ,
and receive Him as your Lord and personal Saviour.
He died at Calvary, satisfying the righteousness and justice of God,
that He might take
your sins and punishment upon Himself.
He arose and is seated today as God's Man at the right hand
of the Majesty on high (see Heb.1:3), and He is offered to
you as God's salvation. When you receive HIM, you will
be saved, for Paul says we are "children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus,"
(Gal.3:26). You do not receive Christ by taking communion.
You receive Christ by faith.
YOU COULD MISS IT - FOREVER
I beg of you again for your sake, your family's sake, for Jesus' sake,
do not trifle with this thing. Bow at the feet of the risen Lord and tell
Him you receive Him now. "He that
hath the SON hath life; and
he that hath not the Son of God hath not life," (IJohn5:12).
Read Romans10:13: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved." Did you call upon Him? Then He says you are saved!
"He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
Did you believe on Him? Did you receive Him and trust Him for salvation?
Then He says you have eternal life!
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. Rom10:9
(Original by-Paul J. Levin