The Road To Salvation–How Can I Be Born Again?
John 3:1-7 NKJV There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.'”
From this portion of scripture we see that there is a physical birth and a spiritual birth. The physical is that of the flesh and the spiritual is an awakening or regeneration of the spirit of man that was cut off from God through sin.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6-13 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. We became sinners when the original sin committed by Adam in the garden of Eden was passed down through Adam’s bloodline. Sin travels down through the bloodline of the male so since Adam is the father of all mankind, his sin is transferred through the bloodline to every child that is born in the flesh. Jesus, also known as the second Adam, was born without sin in His blood because He was fathered by the Holy Spirit. He was born of Mary but sinless because there is no sin in God’s, the Holy Spirit’s, blood. Thus Jesus was qualified to purchase our redemption from sin by taking the sin of mankind upon His back and nailing it to the cross.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned–
Romans 5:17-19 For if by the one man’s offense, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Jesus paid the price that was necessary to purchase our redemption from sin. He was the righteous One without sin that was made to be sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
So, how do we appropriate God’s great gift of salvation through Christ Jesus to make it ours?
We receive it by faith!
Ephesians 2:8, 9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Salvation is a gift that is made possible through the grace of God. Grace–God’s unmerited favor. We were not worthy to receive God’s salvation because of our sinful state and yet God, who is rich in mercy sent Jesus to die for us that we might experience redemption. He bought us back from the bondage of sin by becoming sin and hanging on a cross in our place.
John 3:16, 17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
If you would like to receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ please pray this prayer with me and sincerely mean it in your heart:
Father, I come before You right now realizing that I am a sinner both by birth and by choice. I have chosen to live my life my own way without regard for You. I realize that You sent Jesus to die for me that I might be saved from my sin. I acknowledge that He is the Son of God and that He was crucified on my behalf, died and went to hell in my place, conquered death, hell and the grave and was resurrected to new life! He now lives again! I ask You to forgive me of my sin, to save me and to come into my life and empower me by Your Holy Spirit to live my life for You. I confess Jesus as my own personal Savior and Lord and vow to live every day for You. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer and really meant it in your heart you are now “born again”; born of the spirit as well as the flesh. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.