Salvation vs. Born again.
Given Feb. 5, 2019
In the Greek (#4990), salvation means to be healed, delivered, to prosper,
Jesus “saved” the multitudes as they came to be healed of various diseases.
He delivered those possessed by devils. He “saved” them from that torment.
Many came to Him and He rescued them from religion, setting them free. Jesus prospers us in our health and well being.
Jesus is all about salvation. He wants no one to be in bondage to satan.
Please understand; salvation is not to be confused with being “Born Again”.
Salvation does not get you into heaven!
Salvation, (healing, deliverance, prosperity,) are gifts given to mankind because God so loves us. They are gifts to turn our eyes to Him that we may be born again, that we may desire more of Him. Jesus came and did miracles to show us the Father…He gave gifts to men.
A person can be “saved” and still be separated from God.
Again, salvation is a gift. It is not relationship.
1 Tim 2:4, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Salvation brings us to the “knowledge of the truth”. Many stand at the door, listening to the One knocking, but turn away, looking for another way to that “Truth”. They want what is offered, but only on their own terms. They are looking for a wider gate so that they may carry their baggage in with them.
2 Tim 3:7, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.Jesus will say on that day, “depart from me, I never knew you.”
Sadly, our church-houses are filled with “saved” individuals. Few have ever experienced what it truly means to be born again. A saved person has never “surrendered all”.
A saved person has not been washed clean from the filth of the world.
To be born again is a process like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly; it is shut away for a time until it emerges something brand new. To be born again is not a “repeat after me” prayer.
John 3:3, Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1 Peter 1:23, Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
In the Greek (#1080), born again, means to regenerate. To procreate of the father. To bring forth.
In other words, we are born of God. We are born again in His likeness. We lost this identity, this likeness, in the fall. Now we are born of seed that is incorruptible. We get new DNA!
To be born again makes us sons and daughters, joint heirs with Christ Jesus. We are now called His people.
We are given His name. We are made holy and righteous. We humbly become new creatures in Christ Jesus: forsaking everything taught to us in the world. We no longer think the same as we did. We no longer act the same as we once did. We no longer desire our old life.
Our hearts are fixed on Jesus and nothing will ever separate us from Him. And we will lay our lives down for anyone just as He did for us.
As new creatures, we are peculiar. We love like our Father, we forgive like Him. We talk like Him. We seek to please Him. We hide nothing from Him and He hides nothing from us. We see Him laugh, we see Him cry. We are tuned into His still small voice that holds the reins of our hearts.
Luke 13:24, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
This strait gate is the way into the Kingdom. One must be born again to enter through it. Jesus is that gate.
John 3:5, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The Word cleanses us as Holy Spirit re-makes us. Jesus is the Word.
John 15:3, Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.