The first experience we have in responding to Jesus Christ is being born again, or the coming alive as spiritual sons or daughters of God. Born Again is not slogan or an empty doctrine, it is the experience of every person who believes in Jesus Christ. (John 1:12-13, John 3:3)
Have we grasped this truth as an essential foundation for our lives? The truth that we were dead in sin but now are alive in grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This is the declaration of scripture in Ephesians 2:1-10. And it’s time we fitted ourselves to truth, rather than following the spirit of this age which attempts to fit truth to ourself. Truth by its very nature stays true, and therefore we adjust to truth or we break ourselves on truth, but we cannot break the truth. G. K. Chesterton said, “A man was meant to be doubtful about himself but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed”. Let’s reverse what has been reversed, let’s choose to agree with God and disagree with ourself; and begin to see ourselves as the dead in sin and made alive in Christ.
In Ephesians 2 we see a synopsis of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In verses one through 3 we see the prognosis: We were dead, in darkness, without hope and deserving of destruction. And until we own our darkness we cannot see the light; until we own our being subject to the kingdom of darkness we cannot come into the freedom of the kingdom of light in Christ. If we don’t own our sin and death; we will not own our forgiveness and new life in Christ?
The gospel offends our pride because it reveals to us our need for a Saviour.
We are not basically OK, with a couple of faults that need repair. We don’t just need a tune up and some band aids from Jesus and the Spirit of God. We are dead, lost and enslaved and need to be found, freed and made alive. The true us, the person God saw from before the creation of the world, the person created in the image of God, is not us until we are in Christ, forgiven, set free, born again, and made alive by his Spirit.
In Ephesians two verses four and five the Spirit of God reveals through the Scripture God’s solution to the deadly sickness of our sin. Let’s read it together; “But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” (NIV)
Three vital thoughts: Until we see God as rich in mercy we will not trust Him, we may bargain with him, but we won’t fully trust Him. I pray you will lay down your thoughts about God and allow the revelation of God as rich in mercy to grow in your heart and mind. Second thought: there is no life outside of Christ. It is with Christ that we are saved by grace. Becoming and being a christian is coming to Christ. He is the altar and the offering; we join our life to his life on the altar and he becomes the offering for us. This is good news! The third thought: just as Christ was raised from the dead, so we are raised from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. Being made alive is a real experience; it is the supernatural power of God that raised Jesus from the dead coming into our person and making us a new person in Christ, bringing to life the potential that God saw in us before the creation of the world and created in us when we were being knit together in our mothers womb; that until this moment has not been made alive. In Christ the real us has just begun to live.
C.S. Lewis “When we talk of the spiritual life, we mean this absolutely supernatural life which no creature can achieve simply by being created; but which every rational creature can have by voluntarily surrendering itself to the life of Christ.”
Have you come to the cross of Jesus Christ and come alive in the power of the Holy Spirit?
The old hymn says:
Just as I am, without one plea
But that They blood was shed for me
And that Thou bids me come to Thee
O lamb of God, I come, I come!
At some time and in some way every one of us must experience this coming to Christ as our lamb who takes away our sin, and in whom we are made alive. There is one requirement, come to Jesus and stay with Him; and breathe the Holy Spirit of God.
A prayer that we should pray:
Father, I come home to you, I am a sinner from birth, lost and dead.
I have no hope or plea but Jesus Christ.
Thankyou for waiting for me to come home,
Thankyou for your great love and mercy,
Thankyou for the blood of Jesus that forgives all my sin and makes me free and pure;
Thankyou Holy Spirit for breathing new life into me.
I am born again, a brand new person in Christ.
I am a child of God.
If you have any uncertainty in being an alive child of God with Christ. Make this your moment and altar, and pray the prayer above as your cry to God and breathe in the supernatural life of Christ.
Now you can declare:
I am in the love and mercy of my Father
I am fully forgiven
I am made pure by the blood of Jesus
I am set free from every lie
I breathe the Holy Spirit
I am made alive
I am a new creation, spirit, soul and body
I am a child of God
I have resurrection power
I am blessed
I reign in life with Jesus
I am seated in heaven face to face with Jesus