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You MUST be born again!
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily,Verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be Born Again, he can
NOT see the Kingdom of Heaven.
John 3:5 Jesus answered,
Verily,Verily I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can
NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Revelation 3:3.........For the time is at hand!
And said (Jesus),
Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted,
and become as little children,
ye shall NOT enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
For God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, BUT of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I want to thank you personally for visiting this site and I look forward to answering any questions I am able, that you might have, about what the bible says about salvation.
I might has well tell you now that what I think about Gods' plan of salvation is of little importance but what His Word (The Bible) says is of the utmost importance.
Let me give you a simple place to begin to understand what Jesus Himself tells us about salvation and what it means to be "Born Again". If you don't have a bible to study the following scriptures, please contact me with the form below and we will do our best to get a bible to you. It will be very important to have an opened bible and read along with this message if you truly want to understand it.
Let's start at John Chapter 3 verses 1-8. It is important to know that this conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus takes place prior to when Jesus was crucified on the cross. If you are thinking that it only could have taken place prior to His crucifixon on the cross let me assure you that Jesus has had MANY conversations with MANY people since they crucified Him on the cross. He's NOT dead, He's alive! See Mark 16:12&14 which take place AFTER His crucifixon and also 1st Corinthians 15:3-8 where we are told that He was seen by more than 500 people at one time AFTER His death! We will also cover Jesus' commandment to baptize in Matthew 28:19 which also takes place AFTER His crucifixion and we will discover what He meant when He said "baptizing them in the Name (singular) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Continuing on in John Chapter 3, we see Jesus tell Nicodimus that he must be born again in verse 3. We see in verse 4 that Nicodimus is a bit confused with this being reborn stuff ( as many are today prior to having an experience with God). In verse 5,
Jesus defines a little more clearly what it means to be "Born Again" and tells Nicodimus that he MUST be born of water and of the spirit. Jesus then confirms to Nicodimus the importance of being "Born Again" in verse 7 and then we see something very interesting in verse 8. In verse 8, we read about a wind that blows where it wants and how you can hear it but can not tell from where it is coming. He goes on to say that so is EVERYONE that is born of the spirit. I believe it is quite obvious that this is something that you would have to know for sure when it takes place in your life. REMEMBER, God has NOT given us the spirit of fear! and this is not to scare you into thinking that you are not saved BUT be sure that if God promises you this experience, and if you want it, be sure He will keep His end of the deal!
We said earlier that this coversation between Jesus and Nicodimus was BEFORE Jesus was crucified on the cross. Let's now go into the Book of Acts and see what happens on the Day of Pentecost 53 days AFTER Jesus was crucified or 50 days AFTER He resurrected!
In Acts chapter 2 we will see that EVERYTHING that Jesus spoke to Nicodimus about came to be very real for all that were present as the Holy Ghost was poured out like never before due to the fact that the Blood of Jesus Christ had now been shed to cleanse mankind from their sin that was only represented by the blood of animals up until this time.
In verse 2 of chapter 2, we see that wind that Jesus spoke of with Nicodimus becoming a reality for those in the room where the Holy Spirit was poured out. In verse 4 we see that they were also filled with the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) as was mentioned to Nicodimus in his "Born Again" conversation. There is so much more that I could say here in Acts chapter 2 but for now let's move to verses 38 and 39 of the same chapter.
In Acts chapter 2 verses 38&39, we find a couple VERY important keys to Gods' plan of salvation. If we were to continue reading chapter 2 after verse 4 when they all heard the wind and were then filled with the spirit, we would see that the Apostle Peter has become quite a new man and begins to preach a sermon throughout the remainder of chapter 2 until we come to verses 38 & 39.
Peter has now been preaching to the Jewish people and they ask Peter at the end of verse 37, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (to be saved). Now in verse 38, Peter answers them and further fulfills Jesus' words to Nicodimus. Peter tells them that they need to Repent, and be baptized everyone in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Verse 39 is one of my favorites! In this verse we are told that the Holy Ghost is a PROMISE and we can also see that it is an eternal PROMISE. " For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Remember now, Peter just received this gift and if we go back to Luke chapter 5:8, we see Peter falling at Jesus' feet and telling Jesus what a sinful man he has been so we know that we only recieve God's gift by His mercy and grace.
Let me finish this page with something we mentioned earlier from Matthew 28:19. We noted that when Jesus gives the command to baptize in the Name (singular) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost that this commandment was given AFTER His death, burial and resurrection. We also saw that the apostle Peter's commandment for baptism was in the Name of Jesus Christ in Acts 2:38. There is much controversy in the church's today and let me assure you that that there has been since the church began but the bible is very clear and WITHOUT contradiction. The apostle's did NOT contradict their LORD's commandment but rather fulfilled His Words percisly and with full understanding that Jesus is the Name above ALL names. Some say that Baptism today is NOT important, but why then, did Jesus command it more than 3 years after John the Baptist began to baptize? and why did the apostle's also command it in Acts 10:48 which was about ten years after Jesus' death, burial and resurrection?
If the bible is so clear on this fact and if we can see that it is without contradiction, why don't we just humble ourselves as sinners the way the apostle Peter did and be baptized in the Name above ALL names. It is an honor to recieve such a Name and ONLY by His shed Blood on the cross can you even do such a thing. If we have to decide on a mode of baptism, let's let the Word of God determine how we will do it! God Bless You!
Be sure to check Acts 8:14-17 (baptism of the Samaritans), Acts 10:44-48 (baptism of the Gentiles) and Acts 19:1-6 (baptism of the Christian's that were baptized prior to Jesus's crucifixion), which all go along with Acts 2:38 (baptism of the Jews). There is NO CONTRADICTION in God's Word, but, only amongst the word of men!
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Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, One faith, One baptism.