THE NEW BIRTH IN CHRIST (Guest post)

God our Creator brought man into the world complete and perfect. He formed him in His own image, and breathed into him His own breath: His own life (Genesis 2:7). So, when man sinned against God, he lost God’s life in him and became a soul without the life of God (Genesis 2:15-17). Which means that, man on earth since Adam’s sin, has had no life in him as God designed him to have. He had been a lifeless soul – “Then He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, Let me first go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:59-60). Jesus conveys to us here the fact that there are those walking around, yet breathing the breath of death, until they stop breathing altogether. And there are those, who, by their whole-hearted devotion to Him, have received the breath of life in them for all eternity (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ, the Author of eternal life, came to this world as the Son of God. He is the only begotten Son of God.

WHY JESUS CAME TO THE WORLD: Romans 3:23 tells us that all mankind has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Meaning that mankind has fallen away from relationship and fellowship with its Creator. The consequence of this, according to Scripture, is eternal death for every person in the world, right from Adam (Romans 6:23a). Hence all people who originated from Adam now need to be reconciled to God in order to retain their original divine heritage of being the sons and daughters of God, bestowed on Adam at creation.

It is for the purpose of giving life back to fallen man that Jesus Christ came into the world. That was His principal mission to the world.

NEW LIFE FOR LOST LIFE: Jesus set the stage for our understanding of His mission to the world, so that we might receive the benefit of it in John 3:3-8, in His dialogue with Nicodemus, a Jewish religious elder and teacher:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,’ Nicodemus answered and said to Him. ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time unto his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…”

Man, having lost the divine life in him, also lost his citizenship of the kingdom of God. For him to regain his divine life and citizenship, he must undergo a rebirth. Hence every person who undergoes this rebirth has a new life: the life of God (lived in the spirit); different from the life of the world (lived in the flesh) which everyone, from Adam, had been living. This new life in Christ is the life every true Christian should be living in the world (John 17:16).

REAL BIRTH ARISING FROM TOTAL FAITH: It is important to stress that the new birth in Christ is an actual birth: the birth of the spirit (the life of God) in man’s soul. And for him to have this divine life, the believer must freely and fully surrender to the Spirit of God to perform the rebirth of his soul and nurture him to maturity in it. This means that the Christian believer must grow in the life of God as he is restored to it, and live it out for ever: “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led astray with the error of the wicked. But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2Peter 3:18).

MAN NOW AT ONE WITH GOD’S PURPOSE: Living on earth has a clear divine purpose, and it is this purpose, which has been lost to man since the disobedience of the first man that Christ’s presence in the world brings to light through the new birth. This marvelous gift of divine grace reveals the totality of God’s purpose for man in His scheme of things on earth, as this package of grace is unfolded, through experiencing it, and its contents put to use.

Faith is what God’s grace, the propeller of our new birth demands of us; through our honest desire for life, and not loftiness of intellect. We are called upon to simply surrender to God and subdue our senses to faith in Christ, so that we can receive the light of real knowledge as has been divinely provided for us. For, according to Christ in Matthew 18:3, we must be converted, and become as little children for us to enter the kingdom of God. That is what only the new birth in Christ can enable us to do. It is hoped that every one of us will give proper heed to this divine admonition.

Consequently, no matter what we may be, or may be doing as believers now in our respective churches or ministries, we are not citizens of the kingdom of God, and therefore not genuine Christians, unless we are born again and are living the new life in Christ.

*This is a guest post by Pastor Osa Osazuwa-Tosan from https://theauthenticchristian.com/

(If you enjoyed his guest post, please visit his blog and read some more!)

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