Study 7: An Invitation
So now, just like Nicodemus, we know the what, why and how of being born again. We know that God began with a plan for us. We spoiled the plan by our disobedience, resulting in separation from God and the prospect of spending eternity in Hell. We cannot make it right again by our own desires or efforts. They all fall short of what God requires. Yet, in His love and mercy, God still has a plan for our salvation. Through Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins, and His victory over death and sin by His resurrection from the dead, we can be reunited with God. By putting our faith in Him we can be born again. All we need to do is repent, believe and receive. The gift has been purchased. It is freely offered to all. The question is, will we respond by accepting the gift?
Jesus concluded His discussion with Nicodemus by saying:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
God’s original plan for us is still available, through faith in His Son. Simply pray the following prayer.
I admit that I have sinned against You. I am sorry. Please forgive me. I no longer want to be disobedient to You. I want to follow You.
I know I cannot do this on my own. I know I cannot earn my way back to You.
I thank You that You sent Your only Son Jesus. I believe in Him. I believe that He is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sins and that You raised Him from the dead. I believe that He is the only way back to You. I accept Him as my Savior, my only hope.
I surrender my life to You and Your Son. Please help me to be the kind of person that You want me to be.
Thank You for forgiving me of my sins, saving me from Hell and giving me eternal life.
I pray these things in the name of Your Son, Jesus.
According to the following verse from the Bible, if you prayed the preceding prayer, and meant it from your heart, you are a new creation. You are born again.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ [has received Christ], he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
After praying the prayer, you may be thinking that you do not feel any different. But if you were sincere and meant what you prayed, then you are different. You are changed. You are a new creation. You have been born again.
This change is not based upon feelings. It is based upon the reliability of God’s word. When you prayed, you put your faith in God. You told God that you believed He could and would save you. And He did. God does not lie. In fact He cannot lie.
It is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6:18)
Because of this, we can be assured of our salvation. Not just for now, but for all of eternity. Nothing can change that.
You may also be asking yourself, now that I am born again, what is next? Just like our physical birth was a beginning, so is our spiritual birth. God does not intend for us to remain born again babies. He wants us to grow and mature spiritually.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Enjoying your new life in Christ.
According to the following verse from the Bible, God gives us eternal life?
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-12)
God gives us eternal life through His Son. According to the following verse from the Bible, no one can take it away?
Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30)
In the beginning, sin separated us from God. According to the following verse from the Bible, now that we are born again there is nothing that can separate us from Him.
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died– more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:33-39)
According to the following verse from the Bible, our assurance of salvation is based upon knowing, not hoping.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
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