Nick at Night - Monday, March 27th 2017
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"
Jesus is approached by Nicodemus a rich religious ruler and primary teacher in the nation of Israel. In the quietness of the night Jesus looks at Nicodemus and tells him he must be born again. Nicodemus is confused. After all he is in the highest ranks in terms of the influence he bears as a teacher of God's Word. Jesus continues to appeal to the confused Nicodemus explaining that he must be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on later to explain that the Spirit is blowing like the wind and we can neither detect nor see where it comes from.
In our day we see the phrase 'born again' used in many circles of society. Pew Research suggests that 3 out of 10 Americans consider themselves born again while 8 out of 10 claim to be Christian. There seems to be a lot of confusion in America on this issue. Recently a website that promotes adultery suggested that a third of its subscribers claim to be born again Christians. What are the appetites of someone who is born again of God's Spirit? The Word of God.
1 Peter 1:23
having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
When a person claims to be born of God there should be some evidence of Christ becoming more of a regular part of their nature. When we plant an apple tree in the ground we get apples. When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is planted in your heart by faith and you have confessed to Him to receive His forgiveness and Spirit you get more of Jesus in your life.
1 Cor 6:9-11
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
It's true that we continue to struggle with our sinful nature as Christians. Paul speaks about this in Romans 7 and even toward the end of his life he declares himself the chief of sinners. That's not because he went hog wild in debauchery, but as Christ grew in him he saw how far away he was from being like Jesus in everything. This resulted in him relying on Jesus' mercy and grace even more than he ever had before. Is Christ growing in you more and more? If not, could it be that you need to heed the words of Jesus more seriously than you thought?
'You must be born again.'
Life Lesson: There is a distinct difference between 'the struggle' with sin as a believer and the blatant disregard of God's Word. He knows if we are His or not.
Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that You sacrificed Yourself and died for my sins and that You rose from the grave so that I could have eternal life. Please forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and be my Lord, my God, and my Savior. Please give me the power of Your Spirit to live for You all the days of my life. Amen
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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