Let us see how we start with God, the way Jesus said

We all are looking for the meaning to our life and life in general. When we hear this sentence, “You must be born again”, we may react by saying: "that it is too simple", or "that's not for me", because we have so many preconceived ideas of what is involved - especially all the "do nots". Here is the situation spelled out very clearly.

God created all things. (Genesis 1:1) He has set standards that we must reach if we are to have fellowship with Him. Because we are all sinners, both by birth and practice (Romans 3:23), not one of us can ever reach His standards, yet we were made for God. (Colossians 1:16)

Jesus is the Son of God and is, Himself, divine. (Romans 1:3-4) He left the Father’s side and became a man like us (Hebrews 2:14), though without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) During His earthly life, He did meet God’s standards. (John 17:4) He offered Himself on the cross as a sacrifice to God, taking the punishment of death that our sins deserved. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He was then raised from the dead, ascended to be with His Father (Ephesians 1:20) and will, one day, return to this earth. (Acts 1:11)

We can see why Peter could say: "There is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven, given among people, by and in which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 Amplified version)

Jesus declared: “With all the earnestness I possess, I tell you this: unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

Jesus also said: “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Humans can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.” (John 3:5-6)

How can I become a Christian?

What Jesus said to Nicodemus is so relevant to us today. We need to be born into the family of God through faith, by believing in the sacrifice that Jesus Christ has made on the cross, on our behalf. We see this in John 1:12-13 which says: “Yet to all who have received Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, not of human decision, nor a husband’s will, but born of God.” We become children of the only, amazing God as a free gift.

We can see, then, that we are not Christians because:

  • We were christened or baptised as a baby;
  • We were born in a “Christian” country; (Colossians 1:13)
  • We do our best and live a good life; (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We have Christian parents; (John 3:6)
  • We go through some ritual or share in a sacrament; (Galatians 6:15; Hebrews 10:11-14)
  • We join a church. (Luke 18:9-14)

Not one of these things is effective. We need to be “born again”. This is an inward, spiritual experience and an encounter with Jesus Christ, which puts us into a right relationship with God as His children.

People may refer to it as “being saved”, “getting converted” or being “born again”. To have had such an experience is the most vital thing in the world for us as individuals. There are two parts to it: “repentance to God" and "faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21)

How do we get this free gift?

We receive this free gift when:

  1. We realise that Jesus is the only way of salvation.
  2. We recognise that trusting Him means submitting our life totally to Him as our Lord.
  3. We see sin as the hindrance to being right with God.
  4. We determine, with God’s help, to forsake our sin (known as "repentance").
  5. We recognise the futility of our own efforts to win God’s favour.
  6. We receive Him personally, by faith, as our rescuer and Lord.

Once we do this, we know that we have eternal life!
We are saved!
We are born again!
We are in God’s family!

This all happens through faith in what God has promised. We may or may not feel differently after accepting God's gift. It doesn't matter. It's about taking a step forward in trust and faith. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

What happens at the new birth?

There are many wonderful things that happen.

  1. We are born of God. (John 1:11-13)
  2. A new creation takes place in us. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  3. We become citizens of a new kingdom of love. (Colossians 1:13)
  4. We pass from living death to real life. (John 5:24)
  5. We are redeemed (bought back) from the kingdom of sin. (1 Peter 1:18-19 Amplified version: “You must know [recognise] that you were redeemed [ransomed] from the useless, fruitless way of living inherited by tradition from your forefathers, not with corruptible things such as silver and gold, but you were purchased with the precious blood of Christ the Messiah, like that of a sacrificial lamb without blemish or spot.”)
  6. We are saved from sin. (Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:13-14)
  7. God's word becomes real and alive for us.
  8. We have "fellowship" (belong to the same family as) with God and His children. (1 John 1:3 Amplified version: “What we have seen and ourselves heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may realise and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us and this fellowship that we have - which is a distinguishing mark of Christians - is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, the Messiah.”)
  9. We know peace and joy, even in difficult circumstances.

Now that you have been presented with what happens to any who decide to turn their whole lives over to the one true God, you have a decision to make. No one else can do it for you. If you now have an understanding with your head of what a real Christian is and, if the desire in your heart is to have a living, growing relationship with your Heavenly Father, then you can use these words to help you talk to Him:

Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, who died on the cross to wash away my sins. I am so sorry for doing my own thing. Now I want to turn my whole life over to You for ever. Please take me and do whatever You want to do with me. I declare that Jesus is my Lord and all the old things have passed away. I am a new creature in Him, in right standing with You and Your own child. Holy Spirit, please make Jesus real to me.”

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