OPIC: Being Born Again (DCLM Daily Manna 6 June 2021)
TEXT: John 3:1-3
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
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.
KEY VERSE: “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.” – (John 3:3)
The second birth is the only authentic means of getting to the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ declared very clearly and emphatically that “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus, to whom Jesus made this declaration had eulogized Jesus Christ and called Him “a teacher come from God” and had testified that God was with Him. Jesus declared the eternal fact and unavoidability of the second birth for all that want to enter into the Kingdom. Nicodemus himself a Jewish leader, well versed in the Old Scriptures and Jewish religion and traditions, did not know this eternal truth: “Except a man be born again…” No alternative, substitution, sacrifice, good works, philanthropy, good behaviour and no other religious rites will take anyone to the kingdom of God; except a man be born again. No position in the church or in the society, other religious worship systems, miracle working, prophetic power, prosperity even in religious things can qualify any one except he or she is born again.
What does it mean to be born again? Being born again involves simple steps. Acknowledge your sins and confess them before the Lord without any excuses, Accept that you are guilty of them and repent/ turn away from those sins. Believe that Jesus died for you at Calvary, to take away your sins. Believe in the power and sufficiency of the blood of Jesus to wash away all your sins. Finally, Confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. Confess that you are now a new creature. Confess that you are free from sins and you are now a child of God; you are born again. Continue to live in the light of your confession, never go back to sin. Join a Bible believing church and continue to learn more of the new life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Without salvation, man is lost.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 3-5
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.