How You Can Know Christ

We Must Be Born Again

John's Gospel, Chapter 3 »

 

If you want to talk to God expecting the special help and favor that our Father in heaven gives His children you must be born again. You may be religious and even belong to a church. You may live a good decent moral life. But you still must be born again.

 

Long ago Jesus told a religious leader named Nicodemus,

Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

John 3:3

Your first birth gave you life in this world. The second birth gives you everlasting life.

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."

John 3:16

You have already been born of the flesh, but now you must be born of the Spirit. Jesus explained,

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

John 3:6

Our first birth did not equip us to commune with God who is spirit. So the new birth is necessary that we might share the special privileges and favor which the Almighty Father has given to those who have been born into His family in the Spirit realm.

 

What must you do to be born of the spirit? You must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16). In other words, you must stop depending on anything you have done to earn the right to be in God's new family and go to heaven when you die. Instead, you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That means you depend only on what Christ did for you when He died for your sins and rose from the dead.

 

Another way to explain it is that you open your life to Jesus and receive Him. Many people did not receive Him when He came into the world,

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"

John 1:12-13

You can be born again now. You could pray a prayer like this,

Heavenly Father, I know I have sinned against you. I see that I need to be born of the Spirit so I can enter the kingdom of God and receive everlasting life. I do now receive the Lord Jesus according to His Word, the Bible."

If you would like to know more about the new birth, contact us with your name and address. We will send you a Bible study and other information that would help you gain full assurance that have been born again and are ready to enjoy all the privileges and special blessings God has given to His children. You can be sure that your prayers will reach God's ears.

 

The Goal of My Life By Paul Henderson*

They call the winning goal I scored in the last game of the 1972 Canada/Russia hockey series 'The Goal of the Century.' I still get a warm feeling when I think about it.

 

Fear is one of the best motivators, and I was very afraid that I would be part of the team that lost to the Russians. Canada is not a big nation, but hockey is our game. Everyone on the team felt a responsibility to win. I had confidence that our team was better than the Russians, but it never entered my mind that it would be me that scored that last goal. It certainly gave me a stature that I would not have had without it. I wish I could have handled things a little better at that point, been more mature. If I had a spiritual dimension to my life at the time, I know I would have.

 

Back then, I had fulfilled most of my boyhood dreams, and I knew I was a very fortunate and blessed individual. Yet there was a restlessness, a discontentment in the centre of my being that I could not ignore. I was angry, bitter and frustrated, and there were things about my life that I didn't know how to handle. Things were not going well with the Maple Leafs, the team I was playing on, and I was having a lot of conflicts with the owner. Here I was playing in the NHL, doing something that I had always strived for, but I had become more bitter and angry than I had ever been in my life.

 

So I started drinking as a way to soothe the pain. I think if you are frustrated and angry, you look for a way out. You get with the boys and you try to 'make merry,' but you wake up the next morning and it's there again.

 

Fortunately, a friend encouraged me to examine the claims of Jesus. He told me that I hadn't taken care of my soul and had never really looked at what it was on the inside. That made sense to me, so I started to read the Bible and look into Jesus. Jesus claimed to be God, and He said He loved me and wanted to give me eternal life. After a two-year search, I became convinced He loved me and wanted me to get to know Him.

 

However, it was a real struggle for me to become a Christian for a number of reasons. First, I had always prided myself in being a self-made man. I was used to being in control of my life. I was also afraid of what my friends would think. Third, I still looked at Christianity's 'dos' and 'don'ts' and thought that it was so narrow. How could I be a 'man's man' and a Christian, I thought. I was worried that I would have to give up too much. Finally, I read in the Bible that if I really loved God I wouldn't be afraid to tell others about Him. But if I became a Christian I didn't want to tell anyone about it. That led to a lot of frustration, because I was not able to step over the line.

 

One day I just couldn't fight it any longer. I threw all my fears aside and I said to God: 'I am fearful, and I don't want to tell anyone about this.' And then I gave my life to the Lord.

 

Since that day, I have never been the same. God has had a positive impact in every area of my life. Most importantly, He has taken away my anger and bitterness. My life certainly hasn't been trouble-free. One of the most challenging times in my life was when my wife was in the hospital and we thought we were going to lose her. I was mad at God, but I realized that night that life is a gift from God, and I decided right then to place everything in my life in His hands. He had proven Himself to me over the years with His faithfulness, and I knew that I had no choice but to surrender my life to Him. Now the inner quietness, contentment and peace I experience on a daily basis assures me that His promise to love and care for me is true and real. And best of all, I look forward to spending eternity with Him.

 

*Permission granted by Campus Crusade for Christ

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