ye must be born again!
1st peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever..”
Of all the words you will ever hear in your life, none is more critical and urgent than the the Words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...
“Ye must be born again.” (John 3:5)
This command is not optional. It is mandatory. The Bible does not merely suggest that a man be born again. It is a divine mandate, a command not to be refused.
Tragically, many people do not take seriously the Words of Jesus to be born again, and in so doing determine their own horrid fate. Those who reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ are doomed to the Lake of Fire forever. We read this stern warning in 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9 . . .
“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”
God will punish the wicked in flaming fire for all eternity in Hell. The Bible says God will take out His vengeance upon all who fail to obey the Gospel.
What is the Gospel? It is the good news of Christ crucified, buried and risen for our sins (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). The Bible teaches that when Adam sinned, he died spiritually. That spiritual death has passed upon all humanity (Romans 5:12). As such, no one can go to Heaven without having their dead spirit reborn. That rebirth is actually the Spirit of God which comes to indwell us at the time of salvation (Romans 8:9).
To be “born again” is to have He, Who is the Beginning (Revelation 1:8), born in us. Jesus is that new life. The Bible teaches that eternal life is the free gift of God (Romans 6:23), paid for by Jesus' precious literal blood (1st Peter 1:18-19).
Note that all Scriptures are quoted only from the trustworthy old King James Bible. All modern Bible versions have been corrupted by Satan for the love of money.
Someone has rightfully said that to be born once means to die twice; but to be born twice means to die only once. In other words, those who don't get born again will perish a second death in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). This earth is the only Heaven unrepentant sinners will ever enjoy, and the only Hell Christians will ever suffer.
The Bible is very clear that nobody will enter into Heaven who hasn't been born again of the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9). 1st Peter 1:23 tells us that we are born again by the Seed of God's Word. According to Romans 1:16, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone which believeth. This means that the Word of God is the Seed by which we introduced to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by Whom we are saved if we'll simply place our trust in Him to be forgiven of our sins. Acts 10:43, “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.”
Salvation happens when a person acknowledges their guilt of sin before God, believing on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, to be forgiven of four sins. Acts 16:30-31, “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” This is the simplicity of salvation which is in Christ. Our part is simply to believe on Jesus.
Romans 4:5-6 tell us that salvation is WITHOUT WORKS of self-righteousness. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.” God imputes (attributes) the righteousness of Jesus to the sinner that believes on Him. No amount of self-righteousness can merit a person salvation. In fact, any attempt to save ourselves negates the gift of God and guarantees us a place in Hell (Romans 3:20; Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9). It is critically important that we cease from our own self-righteous efforts, and rest in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. It's what Jesus did for us that saves us, if we'll simply believe.
It's not what you're doing that gets you to Heaven; but rather, where you are looking. Look to Jesus! Isaiah 45:22,
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” God the Father simply asks for us to come to Him for salvation by way of His precious Son, the Christ, Jesus. Most religious people try to come to God without going through the Son. This is why Muslims claim to believe in Allah (God), while adamantly rejecting Jesus as the Son of God. 1st John 2:22-23 says they are antichrists and liars. Most Jews attempt to worship the God of Moses, while adamantly rejecting Jesus as the Messiah. Again, the Bible calls them liars.
John 10:1 plainly warns, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” Muslims and Judaizers are thieves and robbers according to the Bible. Jesus professed that He alone is the only way to God the Father, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” There are many fools in the world today who claim that Jesus is not the only way to Heaven. They are doomed in un belief.
In an interview with Phil Donahue in 1984, Norman Vincent Peale said: “It's not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine ... I've been to the Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere.” Donahue exclaimed, “But you're a Christian minister; you're supposed to tell me that Christ is the Way and the Truth and the Life, aren't you?” Peale replied, “Christ is one of the ways! God is everywhere.”
What kind of apostasy is this? The Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ Himself said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7). Peale is burning in Hell today, because He didn't trust the Son of God. Peale had churchianity without Christianity, as many people have today. There are many Modernists (i.e., unsaved phonies who falsely claim to be Christians). Peale exploited Christianity to sell books, dupe Christians and make a name for himself. Peale was a 33rd degree Freemason, which explains why he believed as he did. Freemasonry denies Jesus as the only way of salvation.
There you have it friend. The Bible plainly teaches that a sinner must, without debate, be born again in order to enter into Heaven. The unsaved man is spiritually dead and cannot enter into Heaven. Thankfully, God has made it so simple to be saved. We are the SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR. This excludes all forms of self-righteousness, religious rituals, water baptism, the sacraments, devotion to church, et cetera. All of these things cannot help a person get to Heaven. In fact, they are deadly hindrances. I am surprised just how many believe claim to believe in Jesus, while at the same time clinging to their false religion, self-righteousness and false views. You either trust Jesus or you don't. Adding even one act of self-righteousness to one's faith is a false faith. Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Please don't let Satan deceive you into Hell. Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. Salvation is NOT found in any religion; but rather, in a Person—The Lord Jesus Christ! Ye must be born again!
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life..”
We Need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!