What does it mean to be a born again Christian?"
Answer: What does it mean to be a born again Christian? The classic passage from the Bible that answers this question is John 3:1-21. The Lord Jesus Christ is talking to Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin (a ruler of the Jews). Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night. Nicodemus had questions to ask Jesus.
As Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He said, “’I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’” (John 3:3-7).
The phrase "born again" literally means "born from above." Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart—a spiritual transformation. New birth, being born again, is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18). John 1:12,13 indicates that "born again" also carries the idea "to become children of God" through trust in the name of Jesus Christ.
The question logically comes, "Why does a person need to be born again?" The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 says, "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins..." (NKJV). To the Romans in Romans 3:23, the Apostle wrote, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So, a person needs to be born again in order to have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.
How does that come to be? Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." When one is "saved," he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is what it means to be "born again" spiritually. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God" (John 1:12-13).
‘WE MUST BE SAVED”
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BIBLE SCRIPTURES
It says in (Acts 4:12) “WE MUST BE SAVED”. This is what we call in the Word of God, a “divine imperative”. It is a divine command with all the authority of God’s Word behind it. It is something that is urgent, something that is absolutely necessary. What is it that is urgent, that is absolutely necessary? It is this, “YOU MUST BE SAVED”. Since this is a divine imperative from God, you have the responsibility to understand what it means and to obey it as well. The purpose of this message is to help you understand why God says in His Word “YOU MUST BE SAVED” and to explain how you can be saved. We want to consider these three scripture verses by way of the following simple outline:
1. THE NEED OF SALVATION – Man’s Ruined Condition
2. THE PROVISION OF SALVATION – God’s Remedy
3. THE WAY OF SALVATION – Man’s Responsibility
FIRST – THE NEED OF SALVATION – Man’s Ruined Condition
It says in (Acts 4:12), at the end of the verse, “We must be saved”. Has anyone ever asked you the question, “Are you saved”? Have you ever seen a sign on a building or along a roadway that says “Jesus Saves”? The words “Savior”, “salvation”, and “saved” are not words that are frequently seen or heard in today’s contemporary news media. Consequently, most people have only a vague understanding of what these words really mean. This subject, which is rarely heard or discussed in today’s society, is a vitally important subject in the Word of God. The Bible, the Word of God, has much to say about the salvation of God. The reason is, “We must be saved”. The words “saved” or “salvation” means deliverance or rescue from a danger which threatens. The word “Savior” refers to the person who is able to save from danger. You may not feel that you are in danger, but the Bible says that all humanity is in peril, and therefore needs to be delivered or saved from that danger. “We must be saved” because of the following:
· We are all sinners by nature. We were born into this world with a sinful nature within us. We cannot help this, for we inherited it from our parents and they, in turn, from their parents and so on, all the way back to Adam and Eve, our first parents. Each of us came into the world possessed of a sinful nature which makes us sinners by birth. In (Ephesians 2:1, 3) it says of all who are unsaved that they are “dead in trespasses and sins” – “and are by nature the children of wrath”. You may not feel dead but God says you are spiritually dead as a result of your trespasses and sins. This means you are lifeless before God with no vital contact with Him. In this condition you are under or subject to the wrath of God and appointed to death and judgment. The Bible also says that while we are living under the control of this sinful nature, we are “living in the flesh”. It says in (Romans 8:7 8) “they that are in the flesh cannot please God”. The sinful nature within a person develops unhindered as that person grows into adulthood. The manifestation of the sinful nature is soon evident by sinful thoughts in the mind, sinful words from the lips, sinful acts committed in the life and a sinful attitude of rebellion adopted toward God Himself. We need only look within our own heart to see the reality of the sinful nature within us.
· We are sinners by practice. Alfred Gibbs said, “We do not have to sin in order to become sinners, but we sin, because we are sinners”. It says in (Romans 5:12) “By one man (Adam) sin entered into this world and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. As a result of Adam’s sin, human death entered the world. Death has become the common lot of all Adam’s descendents because “all have sinned”. It says in (1 Corinthians 15:22) “in Adam all die”. Everyone born of human parents inherits Adam’s sin, and also sins by his own deliberate choice. In (Romans 3: 9-20) we have God’s portrait or x-ray of the human race (this includes you dear reader). Below is a description of just a few of these verses. Please consider this picture carefully;
1. (vs.9) “Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin”. There are no exceptions; every person is under the power of sin.
2. (vs.10) “There is none righteous, no not one”. There is universal unrighteousness in the world. There is not a single righteous person. It says in (Isaiah 64:6) “We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteous nesses are as filthy rags”. It is not possible to obtain God’s favor or earn salvation by our so called righteous deeds.
3. (vs. 11) “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God”. There is universal ignorance and independence toward God.
4. (vs. 18) “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. Man sins with impunity in our contemporary society. There is the thinking that there will be no accountability, but God will judge sins and the sinner. (Proverbs 16:6) says “By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil”. Also, it says (Psalms 111:10) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. Do you fear God or have a fear of God’s impending judgment?
5. (vs. 19) “All the world is guilty before God (subject to the judgment of God)”. There are no exceptions. It says in (Hebrews 9:27) “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. This is the danger ahead and the reason God says “You MUST be saved”.
6. (vs.20) “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight”. Have you been trying, by your own efforts, your religious exercises, your good works to please God and thus earn His salvation by your own merits? You cannot save yourself. You cannot earn or merit God’s salvation.
It is evident from the above verses that what it says in (Ecclesiastes 7:20) is certainly true, “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not”. God also says in His Word, (Ezekiel 18:20) “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”. It is a sign of true wisdom when a person honestly faces the question of his sins. Have you done this? Have you ever acknowledged before God that you are a sinner and that you need to be saved? “YOU MUST BE SAVED” because God is holy and righteous and He must punish sin and the sinner. God does not desire any to be eternally lost, but is “longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Have you ever repented of your sins? You can see now, I believe, why you have “THE NEED OF SALVATION”. Thank God He knows our need and has provided for our need in the gift of His own well beloved Son. (John 3:16) “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Have you ever, by a definite act of faith, believed in the Lord Jesus Christ? Was there a definite time when you received Him as your own personal Savior? Let us consider now the second point in our little outline;
SECOND- THE PROVISION OF SALVATION – God’s Remedy
God’s provision of salvation is in the person of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone, is the Savior of sinners. In the scripture passage we are considering, (Acts 4:10-12), there are five particular things said about Him that we should consider. Please note the following:
1. (Verse 11a) – The Rejection of Jesus Christ
2. (Verse 10a) – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
3. (Verse 10b) – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
4. (Verse 11b) – The Ascension, Exaltation and Glorification of Jesus Christ
5. (Verse 12) – The Salvation Available Through Jesus Christ
- (Verse 11a) – The Rejection of Jesus Christ
This part of verse 11 says “This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders”. Peter is quoting an Old Testament scripture, (Psalm 118:22). The Lord Jesus Christ also quotes this scripture in (Matthew 21:42). He is, Himself, revealed in the Word of God as “the stone”. Read (Daniel 2:35), (Matthew 16:18), (1 Corinthians 10:4) and (1 Peter 2:4-8). To “set Him at naught” means to reject Him. The “builders” of the nation of Israel rejected Him. It says in (John 1:11) “He came unto His own (the Jews), and His own received Him not”. The Jews, nationally, even to this day, have rejected Him. They have rejected him as their Messiah. It says in (Isaiah 53:3) “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. What about you dear reader? Are you still rejecting Him? If you have never received Him as your own personal Savior, you are still rejecting Him. This is most serious indeed. Will you continue to turn your back upon God’s Savior and God’s offer of salvation? Are you “building” a life for yourself without a Savior?
- (Verse 10a) – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
This part of verse 10 says “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified”. In this verse the responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is charged to “the people of Israel”. It is also true that the Gentiles had their part in the crucifixion as well. “Be it known unto you all, Jesus Christ was crucified”. Every one should be made aware of this truth. This is the heart of the Gospel message and God said (Mark 16:15) “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthian believers, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) “I declare unto you the gospel, which ye have received, and wherein ye stand, by which also ye are saved. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. It was for your sins and my sins that He died on the cross. He went under the wrath and judgment of a holy God. He paid the price God demanded and finished the work that God gave Him to do. God’s gift of salvation can be yours if you believe the gospel and receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior. Will YOU believe on Him and receive Him as your own personal savior?
- (Verse 10b) – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
This part of the verse says, “Jesus Christ (was) crucified, whom God raised from the dead”. Jesus Christ is a living Savior. God signified His approval of the work of His beloved Son by raising Him from the dead. It says in (Hebrews 2:9) “By the grace of God, Jesus Christ tasted death for every man”. But, being sinless, and the holy Son of God, death had no claim upon Him. In (Revelation 2:18) the Lord Jesus said “I am He that liveth, and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death”. “Hell” is the translation of the word “Hades”, the place where the spirit of an unsaved person goes at death. “Death” or the grave is the abode of the body at death. The Lord has “the keys of hell and of death”. This means that He has the power and authority over the bodies and souls of those who have departed in death. At the “Great White Throne” judgment spoken of in (Revelation 20:11-15), it says in (verse 13) “death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them (the body and soul reunited) and they were judged every man according to their works”. (Verse 15) “. The Judge on the throne is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. It says in (Acts 17:31) “God hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus Christ) whom He hath ordained, whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead”. Also, it says in (John 5:22) “The Father judges no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son”. You will stand before Him in the judgment. This is the reason “YOU MUST BE SAVED”.
- (Verse 11b) – The Ascension, Exaltation and Glorification of Jesus Christ
This part of the verse says “The Stone (Jesus Christ) is become the head of the corner”. “The Stone” had been cast aside by the Jewish religious leaders. Now He is declared to be the “headstone of the corner”. He is the very foundation of all that God is building. It says of the Savior in (Hebrews 1:3) “When He had by Himself purged our sins; He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high”. It says also, in (Philippians 2:9) “God hath highly exalted Him (Jesus Christ) and given Him a Name which is above every name”. God, the Father, has given His beloved Son the highest place in Heaven. He is “the Head” over all things. “No place too high for Him is found, no place too high in Heaven”. Before Him every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Read (Philippians 2:9-11). You can “bow the knee” while there is time and acknowledge His Lordship and receive Him as your Savior. Or, you can “bow the knee” in a time to come, at the judgment seat when you are judged for your sins and hear the Lord’s words, “depart from me, I never knew you”. Which will it be for you?
- (Verse 12) – The Salvation Available Through Jesus Christ
This verse is very important. It says “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby WE MUST BE SAVED”. HE IS THE EXCLUSIVE SAVIOR. Please notice the following about this verse;
· There is salvation. Praise God. Peter did not say, “There was salvation” or “There will be salvation”. He said “There is salvation. This salvation is “under heaven”. This salvation is available to all who pass through this scene on the way to eternity to be spent in either heaven or hell. There is no salvation once you have left this earth. These are the days of God’s grace when men, women, boys and girls have an opportunity to be saved. It says in (2 Corinthians 6:2) “Now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation”. Dear reader, are you saved? Please don’t wait until tomorrow or some future time. You can never be sure about tomorrow. You have no assurance about your future. Only God knows when this “day of salvation” will come to an end, or come to an end for you.
· This salvation is available only through Jesus Christ. It is not in any other. It is not in you. It is not in your parents, your priest or your preacher. It is not in your confirmation or your baptism. It is only and alone in Jesus Christ. Jesus alone can save.
THIRD – THE WAY OF SALVATION – Man’s Responsibility
A man once posed the question, (Acts 16:30)”What must I do to be saved”? The answer to the question is found in (Verse 31)”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”. You must believe in Him in order to be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ, by His death and resurrection has made possible the salvation of all who will trust Him as their Savior. Will you acknowledge before God that you are a guilty, lost, helpless, hell-deserving sinner? Will you come, in faith, to Christ and receive Him as your very own personal Savior? It says in (John 3:16)”God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. It says also, in (John 3:36)”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”.
Dear reader, as you read this message you are at “the crossroads” in your life. Which way will you go? Will you reject the Savior and God’s offer of salvation? Or, will you receive Him to be your Lord and Savior? It’s your decision and your responsibility.
Please give this matter your most serious attention. Will you be a believer or a non-believer? Your eternal destiny depends on your decision.
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These words were spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ in (Matthew 16:21). It is another “Divine Imperative” in the Word of God. Read this message about “The place to which He must go”, “The pain which He must endure”, “The passion which He must experience”, and “The power which He must manifest”.
SPECIAL MESSAGES FOR THE SEASON
There is a strong effort underway in our society to remove Christ out of Christmas and God out of our world. The purpose of this message is to tell you about “The Christ of Christmas” and to explain why His coming into the world can indeed be, “good tidings of great joy” for YOU personally.
It says in the Bible, in (Luke 2:11) “Unto YOU is born … a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”. In this Christmas season, a time of giving and receiving gifts, why not take some time to consider God’s wonderful gift to YOU. This message will explain the gift of God’s Son and the salvation offered through His finished work on the cross.
Once again we enter into a New Year. Time goes by swiftly does it not? The Bible, the Word of God, has important things to say about “TIME”. The focus of this message is on five important aspects of time that you cannot afford to ignore. Will you use YOUR TIME wisely this year? This is “A NEW YEAR, WILL THERE BE A NEW YOU”? New Years resolutions are fine if you keep them, but they have no value for eternity. More important than “resolution” you need “regeneration”. This is the only way you can be prepared for eternity and be a new you in this New Year. Read this message to see how this can be accomplished.
DIVINE IMPERATIVES SERIES
The dictionary defines “imperative” as, “to command or a commandment”. It is something that is ”absolutely necessary”, “ urgent” or “compelling”. It is a binding or compelling rule, duty, requirement, etc. The dictionary further defines an “imperator” as a “commander in chief”. The word “Emperor” is taken from this word. In ancient Rome it was a title of honor, given to generals and later to emperors. The Lord Jesus Christ is the “Divine Imperator”. In the Bible, the Word of God, we find many “Divine Imperatives”. The Gospel messages in this series include some of the divine imperatives found in the Holy Scriptures.
These words were spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ in (Matthew 16:21). It is another “Divine Imperative” in the Word of God. Read this message about “The place to which He must go”, “The pain which He must endure”, “The passion which He must experience”, and “The power which He must manifest”.
These words were spoken to a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. He was therefore, a man of fame and position. He was educated, religious, moral, respected and upright. He believed in God and he believed in resurrection. If this man needed to be “born again”, what about you? Read this message to get an understanding of the doctrine of the “new birth” and learn why you need to be “born again”.
God says in His Word (the Bible) that “WE MUST BE SAVED”. Have you been saved? Read this message to learn why God says you must be saved and how you can be saved. This is not a subject you will hear about in today’s contemporary news media or read about in today’s newspaper or magazines. God’s Word, however, has much to say about this most important subject.
It says in the Bible, (John 3:14) “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so MUST THE SON OF MAN BE LIFTED UP”. What is the meaning of this scripture? Why MUST the Son of Man be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? How would He be lifted up? Read this important message from God’s Word to get the answers to these and other questions.
MISCELLANEOUS GOSPEL MESSAGES;
Mary, the birth mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, is well known in Christendom. There are a number of good things said about her but one particular good attribute is often overlooked. That is “Mary’s Good Advice”. Her good advice is recorded in (John 2:5). Speaking of Christ she said, “WHATSOEVER HE SAITH UNTO YOU DO IT”. Read this message to learn why YOUR eternal destiny depends on doing what He says.
The Miracle of Birth is one of God’s greatest miracles and God’s greatest blessings. God alone is able to create life whether it be physical life or spiritual life through the “new birth” without which no person will ever see the kingdom of God. Read this message to learn about THREE PARTICULAR BIRTH’S MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE, THE WORD OF GOD.
The Lord Jesus Christ said in, (Luke 4:17) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted”. There are so many broken hearts in this world. We live in a “broken world” filled with “broken confidence”, “broken relationships”, “broken homes”, “broken lives”, etc., etc. Sin and sorrow and broken hearts are connected together. Read this message to see how and why the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became “the man of sorrows” and learn how He is able to heal your broken heart and “turn your sorrow to joy”.
The Lord Jesus Christ said in, (Luke 4:17) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor”. There are many kinds of poverty in the world. The worst kind, however, is “spiritual poverty”, being poor in the sight of God. You may be financially secure and live on “Easy Street” so to speak, but as it says in, (Mark 8:36) “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”? If you are not saved you lack the necessities of life, eternal life from God. Read this message to see why and how the Lord Jesus Christ, in His marvelous grace, “Who though He was rich, yet for your sakes became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich”. He will take you from spiritual “rags to riches” if you believe in Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ said in, (Luke 4:17) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath sent me to preach deliverance to the captives”. Do you know, if you are not saved, that you have a captor and you are being held in captivity? Of the captor, Satan, scripture says that, (Isaiah 14:17 margin.) “He did not let his prisoners loose homeward”. Of the great Deliverer, the Lord Jesus Christ, scripture says, (Isaiah 53:8) “He was taken from prison”. Read this message to learn the significance of these two phrases.
In the Bible, the Word of God, we have revealed what can be described as THE DIVINE DILEMMA. Man is a guilty sinner, facing the wrath and judgment of God. God is holy and righteous and must execute the sentence decreed for sin, which is death. But, God is a God of love and God loves the sinner. The “divine dilemma” required a DIVINE SOLUTION. LOVE FOUND A WAY to provide salvation for sinful man. It is the great principle of substitution. (John 3:16) “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Read this message to see how YOU CAN FIND YOUR WAY TO GOD AND WHAT GOD’S LOVE DID FOR YOU.
The Lord is my Shepherd? Many people have heard the 23rd Psalm in the Bible that begins with the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Many people have quoted the 23rd Psalm during times of distress or bereavement. It may be that you also, dear reader, have spoken these words at one time or another. Can you honestly say,” The Lord is MY Shepherd? Your eternal security depends on whether you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Shepherd Savior. Please read this message to discover how you can be one of the sheep of His flock and know that heaven is your eternal destiny.
The definition of a “good Samaritan” is “a person who pities and helps another or others unselfishly”. The phrase “good Samaritan” is found in the Bible, the Word of God, in the gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verses 25 through 37. This message will explain why the Lord Jesus Christ is THE Good Samaritan because of the offering of Himself on the cross and the salvation He has made available for helpless, hopeless sinners.
The Gospel in (John 3:16) – GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
(John 3:16) is a well known verse in the Bible. Sometimes, however, over familiarity can be a disadvantage. There can be a tendency to overlook or gloss over the words and as a result to miss the fullness and profoundness of these wonderful words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. This message “puts the magnifying glass” on this verse to examine closely the many “heavenly truths” revealed in these twenty five words.
The pace of life seems to be getting faster and faster. Many people are finding it increasingly difficult to be able to cope with the hectic pace of modern life. In this message I am urging you to slow down, take a step back and CONSIDER some very important things God says you need to deal with. To CONSIDER denotes a directing of the mind to something in order to understand it or to make a decision about it. Read this message to learn what these “Important Considerations” are.
These “two days” are separated by many thousands of years yet there is a commonality about them. The lessons of history are important, particularly to prevent repeating the mistakes of the past. Read this message to learn why these days are important to your personal eternal security.
This message is about “choices”. We have to make them almost every day. Some are more important than others. Some choices can have lifelong consequences. Read this message to learn about, “THE GREATEST CHOICE YOU WILL EVER MAKE”. Your eternal destiny depends on making the right choice.
We read in, (Acts 13:38, 39)”Through THIS MAN is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins, and by HIM all that believe are justified from all things”. There is no other man through whom you can have forgiveness of sins or be justified before a holy God. Your eternal destiny depends on “knowing this man”. Read this message to find out who He is and how you can be saved.
The lost son is a picture of every sinner who is “lost” in trespasses and sins. It is a descriptive term for all men who, by nature, are lost, helpless hopeless sinners. In this message we consider the lost son in his departure, his degradation and his decision. We consider also the loving father. We consider the father’s heart, the father’s house and the father’s happiness. This story can be your own personal story if YOU believe this gospel message.
A question is asked in, (1 Peter 4:17) “What shall the end be of them that obey not THE GOSPEL OF GOD”? The purpose of this message is to provide an understanding of “the meaning of the gospel” as well as answer the question above. Have YOU considered YOUR END? Have you made preparation for eternity ahead? Read this message to see why you must obey the gospel.
It says in, (2 Samuel 14:14) “God doth devise means that His banished be not expelled from Him”. The unsaved, because of their sins, have banished themselves from God. If they die in their sins they will experience eternal separation from God in the place He calls the “lake of fire”. God is not willing that any should perish therefore He has devised a way by which the sinner might be forgiven and restored. This is called, “GOD’S SALVATION”. In this message we consider THE NEED, THE SOURCE, THE WAY and THE TIME for God’s salvation.
This message considers the scripture portion found in, (1 Timothy 1:15, 16) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” If your sin is not forgiven, it will at last keep you out of heaven and eternally separate you from God. Christ Jesus came down from heaven in condescending grace to die on the cross for sinners, to die for you. If He had not come into this world we would all be destined for a lost eternity? But, thank God He came. He came to save sinners. He came to do a work that only He could do. Read this message to learn what your responsibility is in light of this great truth.
This startling description of God is found in the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible, the Word of God. This description speaks of God’s holiness manifested in judgment. People like to think of God as a loving God, which He is. But, God will not be a loving God at the expense of His holiness. In this message we consider “Five Significant Fires of Scripture”. Read this message to learn what this means to YOU personally.
It is a known fact that we need physical rest for our body. Lack of sufficient rest can result in a multitude of health problems and can even lead to death. You know this to be true. Did you also know that you need spiritual rest for your soul? “GOD OFFERS YOU ETERNAL REST”. Unless you receive this wonderful offer of God’s rest, the alternative is unrest in this life and eternal unrest resulting from God’s judgment and punishment for your sins. Read this message to learn about “God’s rest”.
There is a tendency in all of us to procrastinate; to put things off, to postpone things to what we believe may be a more convenient time. When it comes to eternal matters and issues that have to do with your eternal destiny, procrastination will have eternal consequences. “God says NOW” regarding what YOU must do about your sins and the salvation that is available to you through His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Read this message to learn why “God says Now”.
This message is based on a parable spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ in, (Luke 15:8-10). This earthly story with a heavenly message is a picture of how a lost sinner can be saved for heaven. The “lost silver” is a picture of a lost sinner and the searching woman is a picture of the activity of God and the Holy Spirit in the salvation of that lost sinner. Read this message to see how this applies to YOU.
It says in, (Luke 19:10) “The Son of man (Jesus Christ) is come to seek and to save that which was lost”. This truth is explained in a parable in (Luke 15:1-32). In the first seven verses of this parable we read about the lost sheep and the seeking Shepherd. The unsaved are like “lost sheep”. It says in, (Isaiah 53:6) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus Christ) the iniquity of us all”. Read this message to see how YOU can be saved and be brought into a relationship with Him so that He will say of you “My Sheep” and you will say of Him “The Lord is My Shepherd”.
Marriage is a divine institution. It is ordained by God an introduced by the union of Adam and Eve found in the first pages of God’s holy Word, the Bible. (See Genesis 2:21-25). God has planned a marriage for His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is revealed in a parable, recorded in (Matthew 22:1-14) and the actual wedding is recorded in (Revelation 19:7-9). In this parable we have the “King’s Call” and the “King’s Conditions” for the Wedding Feast. Have YOU accepted YOUR invitation to this wedding? Do YOU have on YOUR “wedding garment”? Read this message to see what the King requires of YOU.
In (Acts 17:16-34) the Apostle Paul visited the city of Athens during his second missionary journey. While he was there he saw an altar “To the Unknown God”. In its time the city of Athens was populated with the world’s intelligentsia and it was the center of philosophy, literature, art and science. In the midst of all this “human wisdom”, and idolatry, they did not know God. They did not know the God of creation and the God of the bible. Do YOU know God the Savior? You cannot be saved unless you know Him. Reading and believing this message will enable you to know God and the free gift of salvation He offers to you.
A brief definition of “Glory” is “excellence in display”. The highest glory we can consider is the glory of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. In this message we seek to bring to your attention some of the perfections of His deity and humanity. It is the prayerful desire of the writer that your heart might be drawn to the Savior by the Spirit of God, and in doing so; Jesus Christ might become your own personal Savior.
It says in, (Romans 2:3) “Thinkest thou this, O man….that thou shalt escape the judgment of God”? Many people refuse to believe that God will one day judge them for their sins. The Bible, the Word of God, makes it abundantly clear that God will indeed judge man for his sins. The White Throne Judgment should be enough to strike terror into the heart of every unsaved mortal. At this judgment there will be no salvation, no mercy, no grace and no escape. There will be only the inflexible, invincible justice of God. Please read this message to make sure you will NOT be among the “small and great” that stand before the judge, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The story of the miraculous cleansing of Naaman, the leper, in (2 Kings, chapter 5), is “a picture of salvation”. In this story we read about the man, the malady, the maiden, the message, the mistake and the miracle. God’s Word declares that all mankind suffers from “the leprosy of sin” but the good news (the Gospel) declares that all can be cleansed. Read this message to learn how.
The Greek word translated “kindness” in the New Testament signifies “goodness in action”. This message looks at King David’s kindness to a man called Mephibosheth in (2 Samuel 9:1-13) as a type or picture of God’s kindness (or God’s goodness in action) towards mankind. This message will make you aware of God’s loving kindness if you have never considered it previously.
This message considers five “Significant Gardens of Scripture”. They are illustrative of the Gospel and “God’s Way of Salvation”. The Bible, the Word of God begins and ends with events that are recorded in a garden. Man’s history began in a garden. Man’s fall and the entrance of sin into the world began in a garden. The eternal home of the child of God will be in paradise (a garden) a description for Heaven. Will YOU be there? This message will show you the way.
The title of this message is taken from (John 19:5) when Pilate brought Jesus forth before that angry crowd. Pilate said to them “BEHOLD THE MAN”. Their response was “away with Him, crucify Him”. Just prior to this, when Pilate said, “who should I release unto you”, (John 18:40) their reply was “Not this Man”. What do you say dear reader? Are you still rejecting Him? Have YOU ever “beheld this Man”? Have you ever given serious thought about the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for you personally when He died on the cross? This message will explain why you should “BEHOLD THE MAN”.
Psalm 24 reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as the “Chief Shepherd” that we read about in (1 Peter 5:4). In this psalm we see the Lord as the “Sovereign” and His “future ministry” to take the throne of world dominion. Read this message to discover why the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who is worthy to take the throne of world dominion and who will be His subjects in His Millennial Kingdom.
Psalm 23 is about the Lord Jesus Christ as the “Great Shepherd” and His care for those who are His sheep. This beloved Psalm contains many wonderful promises to those who are the sheep of the Shepherd. It is only for those who can honestly say “The Lord is MY Shepherd”. The focus of this message is on these first five words. Read this message to learn how the “Great Shepherd” can be YOUR Shepherd.
Psalm 22 is about the atoning sufferings of Christ that occurred about 1000 years after this psalm was written. Many graphic details are given of the suffering and death, on the cross, of the Lord Jesus Christ. This psalm reveals details about both the Lord’s suffering and also the glory to follow. Read this message to find out WHY He suffered on the cross and why you should have a personal interest in this event.
This is the question that Thomas asked the Lord Jesus Christ in (John 14:5). He wanted to know the way to heaven, the way to the Father’s house. This message deals with the only two ways and two destinies of mankind. The “broad way” leads to hell and eternal ruin. The “narrow way” leads to heaven and eternal blessing. Which way are YOU traveling through life? Do you have a sincere desire to know the way to heaven? This message will answer this question.
God has given mankind a great Savior. This Savior is none other than His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This great and wonderful Savior, by His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection, has provided a great salvation for fallen, sinful, man. Read this message to learn why He is a great Savior and why God’s salvation is a great salvation.
God has appointed man life (time) and he must live it. God has appointed man death and he must experience it. God has appointed man a time for judgment and man must appear for it. God has appointed man a place of refuge from the coming wrath and judgment and man has the opportunity to avail himself of it. Read this message to see how these four key appointments will affect you personally.
Have you ever considered that the God of creation is also a God of communication? The scriptures reveal that on a number of occasions God wrote things. There is great interest in our society regarding the writings of favored and famous authors. People wait expectantly for the next book or article. Is it not more important to know and read the writings of God? This message considers four important writings of God and there implications for all mankind.
This is a profound statement found in the Bible, the Word of God. God has a Lamb. It is His great provision for a world lost in sin and under the condemnation and impending judgment of God. Have YOU ever “beheld the Lamb of God”? Read this message to learn what it means to “Behold the Lamb of God” and what it is specifically that God wants you to behold about Him.
The Bible has much to say about “trees” and “gardens”. There is a special tree revealed in God’s Word called “The Tree of Life”. In the book of Genesis we read the account of the entrance of sin into God’s creation. As a result, Adam and Eve and all their posterity forfeited their right to the “Tree of Life”. In the book of Revelation we once again read about “The Tree of Life”. We learn that those in Heaven have a right to this tree. How could God on one hand deny access to the Tree of Life and then on the other hand grant access? The answer is found in another tree and another garden, “The Tree in the Garden of the Crucifixion”. Read this message to learn how you can have access to “The Tree of Life”.
In the Bible, in the epistle of (Romans 6:23), it says “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Sin pays wages, the wages of death. God has the remedy, He has a gift for you. Have you ever received His wonderful gift of eternal life? A gift is free of course. Read this message to learn of the great price that was paid in order to provide this gift to you. The gift is “through Jesus Christ our Lord” and therefore I want to show you “A Five Part Portrait of God’s Suffering Servant”.
The Bible is a great book because it is the Word of God. It deals with great issues because it is God’s message to mankind. In the Bible we find the “Gospel”, God’s good news for mankind and a message of great importance. There was a “Great Fall” when our first parents fell into sin and brought sin into the world. Because of this, God’s “Great Love” gave us a “Great Shepherd” who has provided a “Great Salvation” for all who will receive it. Read this message which is about “great” things.
The Lord Jesus gave His disciples a “model prayer” in (Matthew 6:9). He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”. The Lord’s people are exhorted to pray that God’s will, God’s gracious desire, will be acknowledged on earth as it is in heaven. Most people are not aware that God’s will on earth is already being carried out. It has been in the past. It is being carried out at the present and it will be carried out in the future. Read this message to see how this is being done and what it means to YOU.
GREAT BIBLE CONVERSIONS SERIES;
The Lord Jesus Christ said, (Matthew 18:3) “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” The message is clear, you must have a conversion experience in order to escape Hell and be saved for Heaven. The thief on the cross had a conversion experience. As a result, he was rewarded for his faith. The Lord Jesus said to him, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Please read this message to get an understanding of what it means to be converted.
Like each one of us, before God, she had a great debt and nothing to pay. Sin is a debt that we cannot pay. God is the creditor and we are the debtors. Since we have nothing to pay, how can this sin debt be paid? The answer is that someone else must pay the debt. Jesus Christ paid the debt for us when He died on the cross for our sins. Because of this, the Lord could say to the woman, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven”. Read this message to discover how you also may have forgiveness of sins.
It’s the story of a little man who climbed up into a Sycamore tree. The Savior was passing by where Zacchaeus was located. He must take advantage of the opportunity to meet the Savior. It’s the same for you my friend. You never know if you will have another opportunity to be saved. That’s why God says in His Word “NOW is the accepted time; behold NOW is the day of salvation”. (2 Corinthians 6:2). Read this message to learn the wonderful outcome of this meeting of a sinner with the Savior.
He was a man who was successful and prosperous in his business career. In spite of all this there was a void in his heart and life. Materialism and other “creature comforts” could not fill this void. Does this sound familiar to you? Read the story of a man who was RIDING – REACHING – READING and ultimately REJOICING. Find out how you can also “go on your way rejoicing”.
His course in life was anti-God, anti-Christ, and anti-Christian. He openly opposed Christ and the people of Christ who were called Christians. He was on a path of darkness. Then, there was a sudden, dramatic change. The man in darkness saw a light from Heaven. Later, Paul would call himself the “chief of sinners”. If the Lord would save the “chief of sinners” then you too can find grace and mercy by coming to Him in repentance and believing on Him. Read about the COURSE, the CONVERSION, the COMMISSION and the COMPLIANCE of Paul.
He was a Gentile and a RESPONSIBLE man being a man of rank and authority. He was RELIGIOUS and self RIGHTEOUS yet he was a RUINED man. He was not saved. He had never been “born again” (born from above) by the Spirit of God. It’s the story of “A Man Warned to Hear Words”. He needed to hear the Gospel, the good news of God. Read this account to learn how a RUINED man became a REDEEMED man. Being, so called, religious will never get you into Heaven. You must believe in the Redeemer and accept Him as your own personal Savior.