Stillborn Believers Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” How can someone be born when they are old? Nicodemus asked. Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water (natural birth) and the Spirit (born of the Spirit of God). Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.” The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So is EVERYONE BORN OF THE SPIRIT.” (John 3:3-8 NIV)
Now later in the same conversation Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. The KEY here is MAY have eternal life. In other words eternal life is available to all who believe, but there is a requirement; you MUST BE BORN AGAIN! The New America Standard version says “May in Him have eternal life.” What does this mean?
Well people may believe Jesus existed as a prophet but was not the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. They may believe Jesus was who He said He was, but have no intention of following His teachings and living a holy, set apart life from the world of sin.
Just like a modern day example of a politician running for office. You may believe this person is real, but you have no intention of voting for him or her or following them at all. You may even like some of the ideology, but you don’t buy into the whole script. If you truly believe in someone with your whole heart, then you follow them.
So many preachers today teach ,”just believe and you’ll be saved”, but that is not the whole meaning of what Jesus was saying. He said you must be born again “Period” to enter the kingdom of God. Don’t you realize the demons of hell believe and shudder? It takes more than just believing with your mind.
It takes believing from your heart, with all your heart that Jesus is Lord and King of Kings. It takes an agreement from your heart that Jesus is the only way to receive forgiveness and placing your full trust in Jesus alone, not what some preacher told you or some feel good sermon you may have heard from church or anywhere else for that matter. It means following Jesus and His words to live your life, no matter what the cost is to you personally. Can this be done by your will? Heavens no, only by the Indwelling of the Spirit of God can you walk with God. Remember it is by His grace through your faith you are saved. There is no other way.
“Truly I tell you ANYONE who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little CHILD will never enter It.” (Luke18:17) So does holding your hand up in church or walking down an isle or saying a sinners prayer save you? Only if your heart was crying out to God in repentance and in full childlike faith trusting in Jesus to save you! Can people come to God nonchalantly? No way! And for those who do and are born again of the spirit, THEY KNOW IT, they feel it, they believe it, they live it the best they can. Do they fail sometimes? Yes of course. Do they still sin and make mistakes? Yes of course they do. BUT, “a righteous man (or woman) may fall seven times but they will get up, repent and start again!
Which brings me to another point. How can there be so many who claim to be born again Christians who have never even been baptized? How is that possible? Didn’t Jesus Himself say repent and be baptized? Did He not get baptized Himself to show His covenant with us? I realize there may be extenuating circumstances for a very very small few, but there is no excuse not to be baptized if you are truly following Jesus. It confirms your a true follower and symbolizes his death burial and resurrection.
The bottom line why so many of those professing to be Christians don’t live the life, is they were STILLBORN. They never were born of the spirit because they never honestly turned to God and believed Jesus and received Him as their Savior and Lord. Any person reading this blog knows in their heart if they were truly born again or just Stillborn. Jesus is waiting, now is the time, repent and give your life to Him and receive Him like a little child and enter the kingdom of heaven. End times are approaching quickly, time is running out, make sure your born-again.