A New Birth

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we received new birth into a living hope. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all who believe on Him. However, if He had remained dead and stayed in that tomb as many in the world believe, we would be spiritually dead, without hope and our faith would be useless. We would still be guilty of our sins.

Of course, it was impossible for His death to be permanent because He is God! He and the Father are One. As much as the world denies it, Jesus’ resurrection is well-documented. Paul said that He rose on the third day and that He was seen of the twelve disciples. Later he was seen by more than five hundred people. This miraculous event opened the way for us to experience new birth. Without the new birth one cannot see the kingdom of God. Salvation through Christ involves a transition from an old life of sin to a new life of obedience to Him. The one who is truly born again is set free from the bondage of sin.

By confessing our sinfulness and trusting Him as our Savior, we have become one of His own. Because He is our living Savior we have living hope! One born of God can’t make sin a habitual practice in his life. We can’t remain a child of God without a sincere desire to please Him. Regardless of what one says, those who follow after the things of the world and desire the things of the world demonstrate that they are not truly children of God, but long for the things of the world that Satan can provide.

Just as we can be born of the Spirit by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we can also go back into the world and make ungodly choices and die spiritually. Have you considered your choices?

Larry Cobb

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