Born Again? Really?
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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This series is a collection of Martha's prophetic words on a range of topics, such as solitude, false salvation, zeal for the church, the Fatherhood of God, and the power of silence.
The Christian world has been filled in the last decades with the tares of a false salvation, and myriads of people live in confidence of a security in God and in heaven that doesn’t exist. An illusion, with hell as the destination.
To become a Christian has been made so free as to be spiritual delusion, so man-serving as to be false religion. Entering the realm of God’s children has been reduced to a human decision, entirely dependent on the person.
The Bible presents no such access to eternity.
John the Apostle presents the criterion clearly. God must offer salvation; He initiates the contact with man. It is man’s to receive and believe, but it is entirely God’s to save.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name,
who were born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12, 13 NASB
If you entered by your own “decision for Christ” – if you “asked Him into your heart” – are you saved, are you born again, are you really His child?
To be born again is God’s to do. You cannot orchestrate it, originate it or decide it any more than you could have “received” your mother’s womb, or made a “decision” to be born.
The decision is not to be born again. The decision is to respond to His offer to birth you, to believe – once you see it – in Jesus as the very Son of God and Son of Man.
Ian Thomas tells the story of meeting two young men under a streetlight, following a meeting in which Thomas had preached the Savior. He had seen the two in his audience. He asked them if they would like to receive Christ and pray the sinner’s prayer. Both said yes and they did pray.
One disappeared and Brother Thomas never saw or heard from him again. The other sought him out to learn, showed a great passion for Christ and heard the call to be a missionary. He entered the British Army during World War II and was killed, but he had influenced many for Christ in his short life. He was obviously saved. The result was the proof, not his words, not his testimony. His fruit proved he was God’s child.
Brother Thomas’ point was that being born again is God’s to do. God knows the heart’s readiness and His own preparation. It’s a secret transaction and God alone “births” the spirit of a person.
The first move to salvation is repentance (Matt. 3:2; II Cor. 7:8; Acts 17:30 & 3:19). Sorrow for sin. Agony of guilt. Truly saved comes from truly convicted. Only those who need a Savior, can be saved. Those who only need a Helper, a Badge, a Partner, a Cause – that’s not salvation.
Jesus is your friend but not your brother.
The next move to salvation is faith born of the Holy Spirit’s brooding over your heart. Here is your decision . . . that Christ is God and Savior and you want Him as your own God (John 3:15; 5:24; 11:25-26; 20:31).
William Booth was not only the founder of the Salvation Army, he was also a prophet. Over a hundred years ago he prophesied the chief dangers in the 20th century will be:
Religion without the Holy Ghost,
Christianity without Christ,
Forgiveness without repentance,
Salvation without regeneration,
and Heaven without hell.
Oh, how agonizingly true! You cannot go through four decisions and three beliefs and be saved. You cannot be a church member and count yourself a child of God. You cannot be a Christian without the Holy Spirit moving on you. You cannot be saved without needing a Savior. You are not saved if you are without repentance.
There is no formula. Salvation is a personal tryst1 with God. It is a work of the Spirit, an initiation of God not an imitation of Him. One you must respond to, it does take your reception of His offer. Many come to God through decision but not through need. Decision for God is not necessarily being “born again.” Could be. Could NOT be.
Entrance to the family of God is through
repentance, not just decision.
Repentance is the need to be different, the recognition of your hopelessness and helplessness. Despair. Terror. Need for help, need to feel better? You’re not ready yet. Need to be rescued from your wretched self? That is repentance.
You can ask. If you “want” to be a Christian, it means He’s after you.
I have met a number of people professing to be Christians but who were discovered to be unknowing fakes.
I knew a pastor’s wife, sick of hypocrisy, desperate for a real God. Assuming she was born again, I asked her to give over all decisions to God for the rest of her life. She came back and said, “If I have never bowed to God as you have asked, I cannot be born again. I am not.”
I left her with God to settle it. She knew what to say. She had heard it in the church. She knew her miserable state and failure to be like God. I sent her to HIM! She had discovered her own condition – lost – by the same integrity with which she had spotted religious hypocrisy. Today, she is rich in knowing God and bearing fruit without realizing it. Truly born again.
Paul Bilheimer wrote in Destined for the Throne:
“Redeemed humanity is both created and generated, begotten of God, bearing His ‘genes,’ His heredity. Through the new birth a redeemed human being becomes a bona fide member of the original cosmic family, ‘next of kin’ to the Trinity. Thus God has exalted redeemed humanity to such a sublime height that it is impossible for Him to elevate them further without breaking the Godhead.”
We must be begotten, by being chosen. It is entirely too vast, too wonderful, to be reduced to the level of mankind’s control or as man’s decision.
He is the Husband-Redeemer. We ask, as Ruth did. He redeems and “marries” as Boaz did. Takes us into His family, His home, His wealth, His position and into His intimacy. Ruth’s position of poverty and identity as an outsider were entirely altered. She went from nothing to something. All given. All provided. All purchased. She asked but had no power to make it happen.
Children born of them are the proof of salvation: David, their grandson; Christ, their descendant.
If you are born again, the Spirit within you cries, “Abba, Abba.” God, my own Daddy!
Let there be no doubt, Beloved.
1Tryst: an agreement (as between lovers) to meet
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