Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #16
We read in John 3:1-8 that Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and tells Him that he knows He is from God. In other words, Nicodemus knows that Jesus is not an impostor. Then Jesus throws him a curve ball and tells him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Verse 5). This is thrown out to Nicodemus and he begins to question how a man can be born again. He is thinking of a fleshly birth and how can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb. But Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Verse 6). This means the born-again experience is the new birth of our human spirit. It is born again, not born anew.
Further on we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Verse 16). This means we are saved from harm or impending danger or loss. Then we read that the entire human race is born in condemnation, in guilt, and born separated from God. We are born unrighteous and destined for an eternity in hell. This is difficult for humanity to get their arms around, but it is the truth and this is why we have to look at the Bible for revelation because we can’t formulate in our minds what is right and what is wrong. God is basically saying that those who do not believe in Jesus are condemned already. Those who are ignorant of who He is or what His plan and purpose is for humanity are condemned, but those who believe in Him are not condemned.
Jesus told Nicodemus he must experience the rebirth of the spirit in order to move from guilt and condemnation over to justification and righteousness. As born-again Christians, we experience an awakening in our heart that Jesus Christ is real. We experience this revelation and we have the faith to act on the revealed Word, then our name is written in the Book of Life and we are saved from the second death. We are saved from the lake of fire and as a Christian we have to believe this because if we believe there is a God in heaven then we have to believe there is a hell.
Here are some questions that are huge debates in the Church today. First, how do I know that I am saved? Can I lose my salvation? Can someone be saved and then lose their salvation? How do I know my family is saved? How can I tell whether or not I am right with God? How can I tell when others are right with God? Christians have to answer these questions because if we leave it up to assumption and speculation then there is a huge, a great, possibility for error. So we have to look at what the Bible says should be happening in our lives in order for us to know if we have salvation. Again, it is with revelation knowledge, His Word, our faith, and our actions that give us a relationship with Jesus Christ.