New Birth Comes Through The Word

December 26, 2013

Friends,
The Lord God has chosen to give us new birth through the Word of Truth. (Ja. 1:18) This new birth involves being infused with the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8) so that the person becomes a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) with a new nature –God’s own divine nature (1 John 3:9)– and enabled to remain there as he applies God’s Word (2 Peter 1:4) obediently. (Ja. 1:21,22) It entails becoming a citizen of the Kingdom of God by transferring one’s citizenship from the kingdom of darkness to Christ’s Kingdom. (Col. 1:13,14)

Coming into Christ’s Kingdom is not some quick and easy process (Acts 14:22), though most churches teach that it is. For though it is true that a genuine decision to follow Jesus may, in itself, be easy, and that God, if He sees that the person’s heart is genuine, will accept that person’s “application”, nevertheless, the person signing up must follow through on his decision! He cannot step back and say, “Okay, I did that. Now I’m in. Now I’m one with Christ. Now I’m saved. Now I can do whatever I want and God will see Christ instead of me and thus keep me in His favor forever.” No, and the multitudes of warnings to those who have pledged to follow Christ are in God’s Word for a reason! That reason is that falling away is absolutely possible (Heb. 6:4-6 // 2 Peter 1:10,11 & 3:17) –through sin, unbelief, and adhering to falsehoods (same verses // Gal. 1:6-9)– and that such a thing is equivalent to turning back to follow Satan. (1 Tim. 5:15 // 1 John 3:8)

1 Peter 1:23 reminds us that we are born again through the Word of God. This happens as a person reads it, listens to the Spirit teach him from it, and, in obeying what he hears, thereby purifies himself. (v. 22) Only the pure –those who are holy in all they do by being obedient to Christ– become unified with God (which is the new birth). (Mt. 5:8 // John 14:23 // Heb. 12:14 // 1 Peter 1:15) But how can a person receive this cleansing if he is not daily washing himself with the Word? (Eph. 5:26) He cannot. A person cannot remain clean without being washed through (with / by / in) the Word which comes by meditating on that Word diligently, prayerfully, and habitually. (John 15:1-10)

God’s Word, not men’s word, is what teaches these things. For the Scriptures make it clear: “He [our Heavenly Father] chose to give us birth through the Word of Truth” (Ja. 1:18), He who is Jesus, the Word of God. (John 1:1,14) We therefore must meditate on Him (and obey Him –1 John 2:3,4 & 3:24) to be abiding in eternal life. (John 6:53-63)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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