Born again is kind of an odd term. What does that mean? Why would one want it? How do we accomplish it? In my previous post, “I am Saved…Now what to do?” I listed some points in how to live a Christian life, what we should do as a church and how to overcome spiritual battles. I think this list answers all three questions. There may be more, but I think I got the meat of it. Comments are welcome if I missed any. I mentioned that I would go into more detail. Today I will cover the first one.
- First, you must be born again. Believe in Jesus Christ and through that you will become a new creation.
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This is the second part of scriptures on eternal security. Are we forever saved once we accept Christ as Lord and Savior? Or can we lose our salvation? What do you think? More on that in the future. Before reading, please be sure to read through my previous post in Part 1. When you finish and think about it. please comment. I hope to get a good discussion. I have friends who believe one of each of the arguments, some who may not believe in either. I hope as you search the scriptures and pary to God, that you will have clarity. Whatever the case may be, may you be blessed and may the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. Continue reading “What is our Assurance? Part 2”
God’s Law is perfect. What does it mean for us? How does grace fit in? How does the law fit in with grace? What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor; it is a gift from God. Nothing we cannot earn our way into heaven. To follow the law to earn our way to heaven, we must follow the whole law, every bit of it, all of it, every day. Continue reading “Law and Grace”
My verse for today: Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ”
Many things in life I am ashamed of and regret, but thankfully that was my old self and Christ died on the cross so that I am forgiven of those things and when I decided to follow Him, He gave me the Holy Spirit to convict me and change me and I am a new person, living for Him with new desires. He has given me joy and peace and I know that although I mess up at times, He is there to lift me up so that I can continue to do His work…or I should say that He does His work in me and through me. Without Him I can do nothing. But, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). It is not I who does good things it is Jesus and He deserves all the glory.
Now that you have accepted God’s grace and have received salvation, what next? As you have become a child of God, the Holy Spirit indwells you. The Holy Spirit, Who convicts you of sin, guides you and prays for you. This is where the change in life begins. Many people nowadays steer away from the subject of sin. But, sin is real and God hates sin. Yes, I said it. God hates sin. But through Christ, you are freed from a life of sin. You will still sin, but you will no longer be in bondage to it and that will diminish as you live for Him, stay in God’s word, and continue in prayer. Your desires will be that of righteousness and the desires of sin will be washed away. There will be a battle within you, but now you can claim victory over sin. There is a continual growth throughout the rest of your life (Christians have a fancy word for this called “sanctification”). This will be a process. We must put away our old self, for that person has died and begin living a new, vibrant life full of love and joy that one can only obtain through the Holy Spirit (see the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”