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April 9, 2022 12:00 am
Welcome to this weekend – back To the child family today. You can continue preparing for Easter examining who Christ really is there that his qualifications at the savior of humanity.
In particular, the only door to heaven. Jesus said, except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God, nor can he enter into. He says marble not that us about you. You lost.
Now that you might not that you all to not that you could not, that you should you must be born again or you will never get to heaven there is only one door and back door is the person of Jesus Christ and the way a person gets to heaven is by the experience which Jesus call number now let's look at it for a moment what in the world of Jesus me when he said, except a man be born again.
The new birth is an experience. It is a spiritual experience and a person may have many events in their life that lead up to it so that we can say that it may cover a period of time, but the experience itself is an instantaneous momentary experience when at that given moment.
A person recognizing their sinfulness and acknowledging that Jesus Christ died on the cross of their sin and paid their sin debt in full.
Confesses and repents of their sin and acknowledges the need of Christ. The dependence upon him of the forgiveness of their sin and receives Jesus Christ by faith as their personal savior for the forgiveness of their sins and commits themselves to the person of Jesus Christ.
Recognizing that Jesus Christ is none other than God himself that is what is called the new birth experience. Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. The truth is that the new birth experience is exactly what God says it is.
It is a new beginning is a new birth. Paul said if any man be in Christ. He's become a new creation in Christ, so that a person who is born again, not only is there a forgiveness of the sin. Not only is there wiping away of the guilt.
But there is the coming of the Holy Spirit into that person's life to give them a new spirit that is something transpires whereby a person is born again, cannot ever be what they were because they have been born into a new life. Now they have a new spirit a new life and that life is the Lord Jesus Christ. That spirit is the Holy Spirit living and abiding a dwelling within now it's interesting what Jesus said, because all that in mind, he said to Nicodemus, Barb, not that I sent you that you must be born again and they get in this discussion about this experience is like the wind. You can tell where it's coming from and where it's going.
That is, you can't really see the new birth experience.
You can see the results of it is a new light for whole new perspective. But then Jesus begins to tell us what is it that man must do that is if this is a new birth expense whereby God does all this rust. What is our responsibility can take you through some verses of Scripture and I want you to follow up if you will. The Bible and what you notice that every single one of these verses have the same word let you figure out what that is only can take a very long and we got to move into three or four chapters 05678 where Jesus is having real conflict with the Pharisees because you see he has one goal in mind now and in the book of the gospel of John.
You see this theme all the way through all the meritless of this, all the miracles had one ultimate goal behind not just to heal sickness and disease.
One goal higher than healing behind all the healing behind all the miracles Jesus had something in mind, it was something he wanted to happen to them. Look, if you will, in verse 14 will come back to this in just a few moments and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, he says, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes may in him have eternal life and eternal life is life that never Ian's which is the gift of those who've been born again. Verse 16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. He says in verse 18 he who believes in him is not judged. He who does not believe has been judged already, because he does not believe in the name of the only begotten son of God. Look, if you will not same chapter verse 36 but to see what he says he who believes in the song has eternal life, but he who does not obey the son shall not see life of the wrath of God abides in him so he's putting believing and obeying here in the same category. Look, if you will in chapter 5 and verse 24 Jesus says here truly internalize the view, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come in the condemnation of judgment but is passed out of death into life. Looking through the 38th verse, same chapter, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him who sent me, and then chapter 6 alter these verses, verse 40 of chapter 6, Jesus says, for this is the will of God. What is the will of God for this is the will of my father that everyone who beholds the son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I myself will raise him up on that last day chapter 7 verse 37 he says now on that. Speaking of the feast day here. Now all that great day of the feast, he says, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, if any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture said from his innermost being from his spirit shall flow rivers of living water. What is a meme about, so he interprets that this he spoke of the spirit of the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed in him were yet to receive because Pentecost did not come yet for the spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. He says those who believe in him. What he says, out of their innermost being out of their spirit shall flow rivers of living water that is the spirit of God will flow through and out of the life of one who has been born again. Now what Jesus is saying here. But as many as believed in him. The Bible says in John chapter 1 became the sons of God, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved. For God so loved the world that whosoever believe it in him should not perish but have everlasting life. So the new birth experience is the result that is it happens in a person's life when they express faith in Christ. But ask a question believe what what is it mean to believe in Jesus. Does that mean simply to give intellectual assent to the fact that you believe that he was born born in Bethlehem, born of a virgin group as a young man became a great teacher and became the Savior of the world and all the things that your grandmother and your grandfather and your mother and your dad taught is that with the new birth is all but is that the way a person expresses the new birth, possibly believing that all these things happen. Not really. Here's what Jesus wanted to believe he says if you have seen me, you have seen the father and the father one my friend if you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
You've never been born again. If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh as he came here upon earth. If you do not believe in the deity of Christ, that Jesus Christ is God. He lost is that you mean to tell me that I've got to believe that Jesus is God, let me ask a question if he were not God who was what's this I know what you think in your single Jesus was a great teacher, Jesus was a great man.
Jesus was a great philosopher.
He was a great benefactor I he was a great healer.
He loved the children he had friends, my goodness. He was a wonderful mental listen.
Either you believe that he is God you got to believe that he is the biggest liar and the biggest fraud and the biggest fake and the biggest counterfeit who ever walked this earth because you seek the claim to be God they that he is God, or he's a fake. You can't say a lot a lot Ya believe all that about Jesus vinyl believe is God.
How can you believe is a good man if he's running around claiming to be God. How can you believe it is a good man if he uses some kind of supernatural power whereby people were healed and things happen to them if he's not God. He's a fake and it is not God you have no business believing in it, but if he is God. Does he not have the right to say I am the door. I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by the you understand what we do does a whole world of people out there who your friends and people you work with. If you asked them they'll tell you Jesus was a great guy. When you trust them as your Savior know I'm coming to that part. What will. If you believe he's such a great fella want you trusting what you know I does the way that's the only way that Jesus is not a very good man Jesus.
It is on the one where he's a liar or he's God. That's what you need to understand Jesus Christ is a big fake a big liar or he's God either forgetting or turn your life over to if you have refused to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God you are lost, you are not going to get into heaven, there is only one wing about a what you say God himself who created heaven and provided this on Christ to atone for your sins that there's one way, and his name is Jesus Christ the son of the living God, who fulfilled every single Jewish prophecy concerning the coming of the Messiah.
All the shedding of the blood of all of those lambs. Christ is the fulfillment of that either. Jesus Christ is God or he's a fraud now where does that put us you say will I do believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and I do believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin and I do believe that he paid my sin debt in full. I do believe that he is God's only begotten son, and I do believe that if I asked him to forgive me of my sin that he will do that. I do believe but what does it mean to believe a lot of folks is that we we decide what we got ugly but is what you may believe I've always believed is very interesting. You take the Bible the New Testament and you can go through every time the word believe is used that is right every Jesus of the apostles challenge some of the believe every single time a person expresses faith in Christ. There is a change that takes place using a think about this. If you acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and you really believe that he is God.
Believing is more than the mind is a commitment of a person's life. Let me make something very clear.
Jesus Christ comes into our life through the Holy Spirit. That's the new birth experience in all of that you and I may live godly and holy before the Lord and to believe in Jesus Christ is not will be put to give intellectual assent to him as a person to acknowledge in our spirit that he is God and being God, we confess and repent of our sins to him and confessing and repenting of our sins think we choose to follow him as our Savior and our Lord.
A lot of folks a word about eternal security on the word about because I know that if you've been saved the grace of God. You return to secure now the problem is this.
They look at people in here who say they been say that living like the devil.
A lot of those folks have never been say the master question. Let's go back to put all this together in a moment.
How in the world can you be born again. New life, Christ living on the inside of the Holy Spirit living on the inside the gift you that is to give you those spiritual gifts teach you, encourage you, comfort you, whose responsibility it is also to convict us of our sin, to convict us of the righteousness, the adequacy of the life of Christ atone for our sins and to convict us of the judgment of God to come out to you how you can know with the government born again and not met him in the churches you join.
How many times you been baptized immersed regular portal and at times you go to church F8 for your how much you give her how much you primitive time to read the Bible, the ultimate criteria of what you been born again or not. Is this that the spirit of God is in drilling you and if you have been born again you have God's spirit in God's life. When you sin against God.
You are going to be convicted smitten in your heart and convicted of your sin if you can sin against God and you're not convicted you not smitten with conviction.
You're not upset about you not grieved about and you can go on your way.
More than likely you are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit. You have not been born again and you are going to hell. No matter how the times you go to church about having the good things you do without the presence of the Spirit of God, which is God's guarantee of the new birth is not going to get.
I say that to say this, a lot of folks out here running around who would living in sin, disobeying God and claiming to be say. Let me explain something a person who is saved can get in the sin trapped by sin get into an evil habit that may go on for weeks and months and maybe even longer that a person does not know how to be freed and liberated so understand how a person get trapped by sin, but I want to tell you something, no matter how trapped and no matter how in the sin.
A person gets if they've ever been born again with the spirit of God. The same Jesus Christ, who came to dwell them. The day they were saved is still living on the inside of the Holy Spirit is still there and he still doing his work of convicting of sin of the righteousness of Christ and the imminent judgment and discipline of God that is coming upon their light. What I want you to see is this is only one going to heaven, Jesus, that it and the way you get there is expressing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the faith in Jesus Christ isn't simply a mental assent to it is listed is a commitment faith in Jesus Christ is a commitment to one in whom you believe is God and whose life becomes your life. It transforms you doesn't mean you lot sin, but you will never be able to sin again happily undisturbed without conviction.
That's part of what comes the great gift of God's grace. The warning bells. The Holy Spirit convicting us of our sin. Someone asked a question. Do you really believe that Jesus is God.
When God live no.
When Jesus said, except a man be born again he cannot see none of the kingdom of heaven. You believe that he's got. He told the truth.
Sure, have you been born again. Why believe in Jesus. What you believe the belief of the Bible is a belief that carries with it a commitment of one's life, not just some intellectual accent the fact that he is and I want to challenge you right now wherever you are and whoever you may be, you know that your righteousness will never match God's requirement for holiness. You'll never get to heaven. But the one way and that's by acknowledging that his death at Calvary took your sin and you desperately need him and there's no other way but through Christ confessing your sin to him asking him to forgive you and telling him that you placing your faith in him as your Savior, your Lord in your life that you choose from this day forward to follow Christ. I plead with you to do that. Listen, you know how to get his attention. He's all ears. When you confessing your sin to him.
You may not fully understand that all you don't have to your understanding will grow as you commit your life to him. I want to plead with you in Jesus name because there is only one way Jesus that I am Vito Jesus said I'm the way the truly lying and Jesus said you want to go to heaven when you die, and you're going to die. You want to go to heaven. You must be morning. Thank you for listening to part two. The only door to heaven if you'd like to know more about Charles Stanley are in touch ministries intense that OIG is cast as a presentation of in touch ministries Atlanta, Georgia