Sunday, October 5, 2014

+DEV+ The New Birth

Date: October 5, 2014 9:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+  The New Birth

The New Birth

"To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." (John 1:12-13)

Scripture Focus: John 1:10-14

Early in our marriage, we wanted to start a family. But we were anxious: Being over seas, would labor go well?Would we carry a child to term? Would our child be born healthy? Would we be able to provide? Nothing seemed certain. Many questions and no answers. 

Sometimes we believers feel anxious about our own salvation. How can we be sure of it? The opening verses of John's Gospel reassure us: our new birth is absolutely certain! It isn't some divine prediction, nor is God making a mere attempt or a hopeful wish. The eternal Creator planned our new life in Christ "before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4). Our salvation wasn't accomplished by "human decision," but by the will and power of the infallible Holy Spirit. And from the moment of our new birth, everything we needed for success in the Christian life was provided, because not only are we made new, but the Father "has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). 

Insight: When you feel uncertain about your salvation, remember that it didn't happen by your human effort, but by the perfect work of God himself.

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