Who Art Thou Lord?
Acts 9:5
Regeneration and the necessity of the new birth
 

Who art thou ? This question arises in various forms throughout the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Who is this ? Who do the people say I am ? What think ye of Christ ? And this question I would like to ask you: What will you do with Jesus ? This is the most important decision you will ever make. Before the apostle Paul's conversion, he was known as Saul, the one who persecuted and sometimes murdered Christians. He certainly wasn't looking for Jesus as he was walking down that road to Damascus. He was suddenly blinded by a light from Heaven, and asked, "Who art thou, Lord ?", meaning "Who are you, sir ?" His life changed forever when he met Jesus Christ. Regeneration is a new life. It does not mean you have been reformed. It means you have been reborn. The new birth is a reality, just as real as your physical birth. In John 3:1-8, the word "born" is used 8 times. In regeneration, we have been imparted a new nature. This happens when we truly invite Christ into our heart. We now have the seed of God in us. Regeneration begins a process in us that cleans us up from our old ways. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

The new birth is necessary. John 3:3 says "Except a man (anybody and everybody) be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." There is absolutely no substitute for the new birth. Not baptism, good works, or anything else will get you into Heaven. The sinful condition of man demands the new birth. The natural man and his heart and thoughts are far from God. Religious training or education cannot bring about the new birth. Only God can do this. God's holiness also demands the new birth. “Follow ……. holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14. This is only possible through the new birth. Ezra 9:15 tells us we cannot be with God in our sinful condition. As mentioned, only God can bring about our regeneration, our being "born again."

John 1:13 “.... Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Agent used in our new birth.

Titus 3:5 “…...Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”                                                  But yet, we are responsible to make this decision. This is where our free will to make choices comes in. We are regenerated into this new birth when we accept the message of the Gospel of Christ. The Word must be believed and received. James 1:18 tells us “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth... “The Holy Spirit opens our ears to the truth, the truth illuminates our hearts and minds, we yield to the truth, and are born again.

Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior brings about our regeneration, and our entry into the kingdom of God. Galatians 3:26   “..For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Right now you can make your decision to live eternally with Jesus Christ. Avoid eternal punishment and hell. You can sincerely pray:

Dear God,

I realize I am a sinner and on my way to hell. I believe you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to this world to die for my sins and the sins of man. I believe He died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later. Please forgive me of my sins. Jesus, please come into my heart and save me. In your name I pray, Amen.

 

Scripture Quotations are from the King James Bible

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