THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 2-10-19



LESSON TITLE: "A NEW BIRTH"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



GOOD MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR GOD'S LIVING WORD. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEK, AND I HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS A PROFITABLE ONE ALSO. HERE WE ARE ON ANOTHER GLORIOUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. WHAT A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE AGAIN TODAY TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE WORSHIP OF OUR REDEEMER. I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THIS NEW WEEK WITH A DAY OF SERVICE AND OFFERING TO YOUR GOD. AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLE'S HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET'S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER! PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE, THE GREAT BLESSINGS THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE OF YOUR SON AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE THAT ALLOWS US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN YOUR SIGHT. HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO BE THOSE WHO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD. AND HELP US TO ALWAYS DO THAT WHICH IS FITTING UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US ALL GREAT THINGS AND GOOD GIFTS. CERTAINLY THEY ARE FROM YOU FATHER, WHETHER PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THESE GREAT GIFTS AND HELP US THIS DAY TO WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT THUS BLESSED IN THIS LIFE AND REWARDED IN THE LIFE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME, WE WANT TO SING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH THE HYMN, "BLUE SKIES AND RAINBOWS."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD, WHETHER WE ACCEPT OUR DUTY OR NOT, I THINK WE ALL REALIZE THE OBLIGATION WE HAVE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO THIS LOST AND DYING WORLD. WE ACCOMPLISH THIS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT MAINLY WE PROVE OUR OBEDIENCE THROUGH THE THINGS THAT WE DO AND SAY. AS LONG AS WE ARE PROCLAIMING HIS WILL TO OTHERS, WE ARE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT. HOWEVER, I THINK WE ALSO FAIL TO REALIZE THE GREAT RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES WITH CARRYING OUT THIS COMMAND OF OUR LORD. NOT ONLY ARE WE TO PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE, BUT WE MUST FURTHER REALIZE THAT IT MUST BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AND NOT OUR OWN.

THE POINT IS, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE SAY. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE HOW WE SAY IT AND HOW WE PRESENT OURSELVES. WHY? BECAUSE GOD SAID HE HAS BUT ONE GOSPEL FOR US TO MAKE KNOW TO THIS WORLD. PAUL SAID, "I MARVEL THAT YOU ARE TURNING AWAY SO SOON FROM HIM WHO CALLED YOU IN THE GRACE OF CHRIST, TO A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, WHICH IS NOT ANOTHER; BUT THERE ARE SOME WHO TROUBLE YOU AND WANT TO PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. BUT EVEN IF WE, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL TO YOU THAN WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU, LET HIM BE ACCURSED," GALATIANS 1:6 TO 8.

EVEN JESUS AS HE CAME TO THIS EARTH PROCLAIMED THAT HE DID NOT COME TO ACCOMPLISH HIS OWN WILL. RATHER, CHRIST ALWAYS GAVE THE CREDIT, HONOR, AND GLORY TO HIS FATHER FOR ALL THAT HE DID AND SAID. HE STATED OVER AND OVER IN THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS THAT THE ORIGIN OF EVERY WORD HE SAID CAME DIRECTLY FROM THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. WHAT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE THIS IS TO US TODAY.

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT JAMES SAID IN CHAPTER THREE, AND VERSE ONE OF HIS BOOK. "MY BRETHREN, LET NOT MANY OF YOU BECOME TEACHERS, KNOWING THAT WE SHALL RECEIVE A STRICTER JUDGMENT." WHY DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE TEACH AND HOW WE TEACH IT, BECAUSE WE WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THE JOB WE DO. YOU SEE, THERE IS MORE TO THIS WORK THAT IS BEFORE US THAN JUST GETTING OUT AND DOING SOMETHING. WE MUST MAKE SURE THE THINGS WE DO AND SAY ARE ACCORDING TO GOD, SO THAT THEY PROPERLY INSTRUCT AND EDIFY THE HEARERS. LET'S ALL DO OUR PART IN STUDYING GOD'S WORD, SO THAT WE MAY KNOW WHAT WE ARE TO TEACH IN ORDER THAT WE WILL BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN HIS SIGHT.

THIS MORNING, WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. BROTHER BRENT WORKS FULL TIME WITH THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE APPRECIATE THIS GOOD BROTHER AND THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. IN OUR STUDY OF THE MORNING, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR DISCUSSION ENTITLED, "BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE NEW." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "A NEW BIRTH." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER BROTHER GREEN WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "I BRING MY SINS TO THEE."



LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN



WHAT A GREAT JOY AND PRIVILEGE IT IS ALWAYS TO BE ABLE STUDY FROM THE WORD OF GOD. THE WORD OF GOD SAYS IN SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5:17 AND, "ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." ONE OF THOSE NEW THINGS THAT WE WANT TO CONSIDER IS THE NEW BIRTH. JESUS SPOKE OF IT IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE AND WE WILL BEGIN READING THERE. IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE AND VERSE THREE, AS JESUS SPEAKS TO A MAN BY THE NAME OF NICODEMUS, HE SAYS, "'MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'" THEN DOWN VERSE FIVE HE GOES ON TO SAY, "'MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'" JESUS IS SPEAKING OF WHAT WE CALL THE NEW TESTAMENT, THE NEW BIRTH. IT WAS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE THINGS OF OLD. SOMETHING NEW HERE THAT JESUS WAS SPEAKING OF SO THAT THOSE WHO WOULD FOLLOW HIS WORDS HERE, WHO COULD BECOME THOSE WHO ARE HIS FOLLOWERS, THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE NEW BIRTH WILL BECOME HIS NEW CREATURES HERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.

I WANT US TO UNDERSTAND THOUGH WHAT THIS MEANS FROM THE WORD OF GOD, WHAT IT MEANS HERE WHEN JESUS SPEAKS OF THIS NEW BIRTH. FIRST THING WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE NEW BIRTH REQUIRES MORE THAN FAITH ALONE. THERE IN VERSE FIVE JESUS AGAIN SAID, "'MOST ASSUREDLEY, I SAY YOU, UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'" THE WORD THERE UNLESS, OR EXCEPT IN SOME TRANSLATIONS, WOULD SHOW US OF THE NECESSITY HERE OF SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST FAITH. THAT IS A MENTAL ASSERTION THAT THERE IS A GOD OR THAT JESUS CHRIST IS HIS SON, SOMETHING THAT THE BELIEVER MUST DO. CONSIDER HERE THAT AS YOU THINK OF THAT THAT THIS WOULD SHOW THAT THIS IS A NECESSITY FROM THE VERY WORD OF GOD. YOU MUST BE BORN OF WATER. THAT IS THE MODE OF BAPTISM. YOU MUST BE BORN OF THE SPIRIT THAT IS THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD. THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS A LITTLE BIT MORE DEEPLY AS WE MIGHT CONSIDER SOME OF THE VERSES THAT HELP GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO WHAT THIS MEANS.

IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE, PLEASE TURN WITH ME AS WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SEVERAL VERSES AND ONE OF THEM IS IN THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS, COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1. WE WANT TO LOOK BEGINNING THERE IN VERSE 13 AND THEN ALSO VERSE 14. COLOSSIANS 1:13 SAYS THAT, "HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE, IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS." THIS FIRST SPEAKS OF BEING CONVEYED INTO SOMETHING, THAT IS INTO HIS KINGDOM. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE FACT THAT WE HAVE REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. THAT IS WE CAN BE SAVED. WE CAN HAVE OUR SINS WASHED AWAY. WE CAN BE PUT INTO THIS KINGDOM. HOLD THAT THOUGHT THERE IN MIND AND CONSIDER ALSO A FEW OTHER PASSAGES. LIKE THERE IN THE SAME BOOK, COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 12. IT SAYS THAT WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM, THAT IS CHRIST, IN BAPTISM IN WHICH YOU ARE ALSO RAISED WITH HIM THROUGH FAITH IN THE WORKING OF GOD WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. SO IT'S NOT THAT FAITH IS NOT IMPORTANT. INDEED IT IS! YOU GOTTA BELIEVE IN CHRIST AND HIS LIFE AND WHAT HE DID. THE FACT THAT HE WENT TO THE CROSS THAT HE THERE DIED FOR OUR SINS, THAT HE WAS BURIED, AND PUT IN THAT TOMB AND THAT HE WAS RAISED ON THE THIRD DAY. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THOSE THINGS. BUT YOU SEE WHAT ELSE? COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 12 SPEAKS OF THAT WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM. YOU SEE THERE'S AN ACTION THAT MUST BE DONE ON OUR PART. YES, IT DOES REQUIRE FAITH BUT IT REQUIRES US TO DO MORE THAN JUST BELIEVE. IT REQUIRES US TO OBEY WHAT GOD'S WORD HAS SAID AND A PART OF THAT IS BAPTISM.

NOW, THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN JUST THAT. WE MIGHT MENTION SEVERAL PASSAGES JUST AS WE LOOK THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT THERE ARE MANY REQUIREMENTS THAT WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. WE HAVE TO HEAR GOD'S WORD. ROMANS CHAPTER 10 VERSE 17 SAYS, "FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD." YOU SAY, 'WELL, I HAVE HEARD GOD'S WORD. IS THAT ENOUGH?' NO, THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST THAT! YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE. THAT'S THE FAITH THAT WE ALREADY ARE SPEAKING OF. HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 VERSE SIX SAYS, "WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, FOR HE WHO COMES OF GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS," THAT IS HE EXISTS, "THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM." A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE THE REWARD PART BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BELIEF OR THE FAITH PART? BELIVING THAT THERE IS A GOD, BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST HIS SON AND TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU'RE WILLING TO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM THAT IS DOING WHAT HIS WORD CALLED YOU TO DO. YOU SEE, BELIEF IS ALSO A EQUIREMENT. IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. SOME MIGHT SAY 'WELL, I BELIEVE. IS THAT ENOUGH?' WELL AGAIN THE SCRIPTURE REQUIRES MORE THAN JUST THAT. ACTS 17 VERSE 30 SAYS, "THESE TIMES OF IGNORANCE GOD OVERLOOKED, BUT NOW COMMANDS ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT." TO HAVE THAT CHANGE OF HEART TO SAY 'I DON'T WANT TO LIVE LIKE THIS ANYMORE. I DON'T WANT LIVE IN SIN. I WANT TO LEAVE THAT LIFE BEHIND. I WANT TO COME TO JESUS CHRIST AND FOLLOW WHAT HE SAYS TO DO.' THAT'S TRUE REPENTANCE, A CHANGE OF HEART THAT LEADS TO A CHANGE OF ACTION. AND THAT REPENTENCE OF COURSE IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY GODLY SORROW, SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER SEVEN VERSES EIGHT THROUGH 10. SORROW NOT TO BE REGRETTED BECAUSE YOU DON'T SAY I'M SORRY I GOT CAUGHT BUT I'M GOING TO CONTINUE DOWN THE SAME ROAD. IT WAS SORROW THAT LEADS YOU TO MAKE THAT CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE. WELL, IS THAT ENOUGH? WELL, NO. THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN JUST THAT. WE FIND ALSO THERE IN ROMANS 10 AND VERSE 10, "WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION." YOU'VE GOT TO BE WILLING TO SAY WITH YOUR MOUTH AND THEN ALSO WITH YOUR LIFE THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. HAVING DONE THOSE THINGS THEN YOU CAN BE BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTISM. IF YOU PUT ON YOUR SAVIOR IN BAPTISM, YOU WILL BE ADDED BY GOD TO HIS CHURCH, ACTS CHAPTER TWO AND VERSE 47.

WHEN WE CONSIDER ALL THOSE VERSES TOGETHER I THINK WE GET A MUCH CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT JESUS IS SPEAKING TO US ABOUT THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE. WHEN HE SAYS AGAIN THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE AND VERSE FIVE, "'UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'" HE IS SPEAKING OF ALL THESE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE GOT TO BE WILLING TO DO WHAT HE SAYS. WHAT GOD HAS SAID IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SALVATION THAT GOD MIGHT ADD YOU TO HIS CHURCH IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT BECOME A MEMBER OF HIS KINGDOM AND A PART OF THAT KINGDOM, THE KINGDOM OF GOD. HIS CHURCH. YOU SEE, THE NEW BIRTH IS ABOUT OBEYING WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS THAT YOU MIGHT BECOME ONE OF JESUS' CHILDREN. THAT IS ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN, ONE OF HIS FOLLOWERS THAT YOU MIGHT BECOME ONE OF THOSE WHO IS A PART OF THIS KINGDOM. SOMETIMES WE LOOK AT SIMPLE VERSES AND WE DON'T MAYBE UNDERSTAND THE GREAT RAMIFICATIONS OF THE THEM. JOHN CHAPTER 14 AND VERSE 15 JESUS SAID, "'IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.'" WE HAVE READ FROM ALL THESE VERSES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE HAVE READ HERE THE WORDS OF JESUS AND SOME WOULD SAY WELL- DO I REALLY HAVE TO FOLLOW THAT? DO YOU LOVE JESUS? HAVE YOU FOLLOWED WHAT HE HAS SAID? WHAT HIS APOSTLES - WHAT THE INSPIRED WRITERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT HAVE DECLARED FROM GOD'S WORD BY HIS AUTHORITY - HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THAT?'S HAVE YOU FOLLOWED WHAT JESUS HAS COMMANDED CONCERNING THE NEW BIRTH? TO BE BORN AGAIN, TO BE WASHED CLEAN OF THE FILTH OF SIN, TO BE CLEANSED OF THAT THAT YOU MIGHT BECOME A PART OF THIS KINGDOM THAT JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISHED.

WE ARE GONNA COME BACK TO THESE VERSES A LITTLE BIT LATER BUT I WANT TO SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT IS SAID THERE IN TWO PLACES. ONE OF THEM IS IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE AND VERSE 26. HERE THE NEW TESTAMENT READS, "THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE HER WITH THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD." SPEAKING WHAT JESUS DID, SANCTIFYING AND CLEANSING WHAT? HIS CHURCH, THOSE WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS COMMANDS, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SET APART FROM THE WORLD BY THEIR OBEDIENCE TO WHAT HE HAS COMMANDED. HE AGAIN MIGHT WASH HIM OF WATER BY THE WORD. CONSIDER ALSO WHAT WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF TITUS. TITUS CHAPTER 3 AND VERSE FIVE IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT PASSAGE CONCERNING THIS NEW BIRTH. THERE IT SAYS, AGAIN TITUS CHAPTER THREE AND VERSE FIVE, "NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION AND RENEWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT." CONCERNING GOD'S PART, WE'VE BEEN WASHED AND WE BEEN RENEWED WHEN WE HAVE OBEYED HIS COMMANDS. THE VERSE DOES INDICATE THAT IT IS NOT OF OUR OWN MERITS. IT'S NOT WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO EARN SALVATION. BUT IT IS OUR OBEDIENCE TO WHAT GOD HAS COMMANDED US TO DO. YES, HE HAS PROVIDED THAT SALVATION FOR US. IT IS THERE READILY AVAILABLE IF WE WILL OBEY HIS COMMANDS AND BE BAPTIZED WE WILL BE WASHED! WE WILL BE RENEWED! WE WILL BE REGENERATED, THAT IS RENEWED SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, AS WE BECOME A PARTS OF THIS KINGDOM. AND WHAT A GREAT THING THAT IS. AGAIN THE NEW BIRTH IS MORE THAN FAITH ALONE. AND THAT'S WHERE WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHEN WE READ THE WORDS OF JESUS AND ALSO AS WE LOOK AT THE REST THE TEACHINGS THAT WE FIND THERE THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT.

CONSIDER THOUGH SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THIS NEW BIRTH THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. THAT THE NEW BIRTH IS, AS WE SAID, REQUIRED FOR SALVATION. LET US READ FURTHER THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER THREE. THIS TIME VERSES SIX AND SEVEN THAT CONTINUE. JESUS GOES ON AND HE SAYS, "'THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH, AND THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. DO NOT MARVEL THAT I SAID TO YOU, "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN."'" WELL, THERE ARE A LOT AGAIN WHO WOULD SAY I HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN. YES, WE ARE ALL BORN AGAIN. WELL ARE WE BORN AGAIN ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD THOUGH? ARE REBORN AGAIN ACCORDING TO JESUS' STATEMENTS HERE? SEE, TO BE BORN AGAIN IS THIS NEW BIRTH ABOUT WHICH WE SPEAK. BUT TO BE BORN AGAIN, TO UNDERSTAND THIS NEW BIRTH, IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION. JESUS MAKES A DISTINCTION THERE IN VERSE SIX BECAUSE EVEN NICODEMUS ASKED THE QUESTION, CAN I GO BACK INTO MY MOTHER'S WOMB AND BE BORN A SECOND TIME? NO YOU CAN'T. NICODEMUS IS HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS SPIRITUAL CONCEPT THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH. THERE IN VERSE SIX IS OF THE FLESH. THERE IS A FLESHLY BIRTH AND IF WE LIVE ON THIS EARTH WE'VE ALL BEEN THOSE WHO ARE AN OUTCOME OF THAT FLESHLY BIRTH. BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF BIRTH, A NEW BIRTH. THERE IN VERSE SIX THAT IS OF THE SPIRIT.

LET'S CONSIDER TWO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS HERE OF THIS SPIRITUAL NEW BIRTH. NOW, WE THINK FIRST ABOUT THE NATURAL BIRTH OF A PHYSICAL BIRTH. THERE IS A BEGINNING AGENT AND THAT'S THE FATHER. THE FATHER PROVIDES A SEED, IF YOU WILL, FOR THAT CHILD TO BE BORN. AND THE BIBLE USES THAT TYPE OF LANGUAGE. WHEN ADAM BEGOT HIS SON SETH. ADAM WAS THE BEGINNING AGENT. HE PROVIDED THE SEED SO THAT SETH COULD BE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD. SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, THERE IS A BEGINNING AGENT AND THAT IS THE SPIRIT. WE READ IN SEVERAL PASSAGES ABOUT THE SPIRIT AND WHAT IT PROVIDES BUT I WANT US TO SEE WHAT WE FIND THERE IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE 23. FIRST PETER CHAPTER ONE AND VERSE 23 PROVIDES THIS PIECE OF INFORMATION. IT SAYS, "HAVING BEEN BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT INCORRUPTIBLE, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVES AND ABIDES FOREVER." THAT MEANS THE BEGETTING AGENT IN THE NEW BIRTH IS THE SEED HERE, NOT OF MAN BUT OF THE WORD OF GOD. THAT'S WHAT THE SPIRIT HAS PROVIDED. WE FIND THAT IN LUKE CHAPTER EIGHT VERSE 11 WHERE IT TELLS US SPECIFICALLY THAT THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD. OR EVEN OTHER PASSAGES LIKE ROMANS 10:17 THAT WE ALREADY HAVE MENTIONED. "FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD." THE WORD OF GOD IS THE SEED THAT WOULD BEGET US UNTO A NEW LIFE SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING. EVEN THERE IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER FOUR AND VERSE 15, WE FIND ANOTHER KEY VERSE CONCERNING THIS BEGETTING AGENT UNTO THIS NEW BIRTH. THERE IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER FOUR VERSE 15 WE FIND THESE WORDS. IT SAYS, "FOR THOUGH YOU MIGHT HAVE TEN THOUSAND INSTRUCTORS IN CHRIST, YET YOU DO NOT HAVE MANY FATHERS; FOR IN CHRIST JESUS I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU THROUGH THE GOSPEL." YOU SEE THE BEGETTING AGENT. THROUGH THE SEED OF GOD'S WORD WE ARE BEGOTTEN TO THIS NEW LIFE. THROUGH THIS NEW BIRTH THAT THE WORD OF GOD PROVIDES FOR US. THAT'S HOW WE LEARN OF IT. THAT'S HOW IT'S PLANTED WITHIN OUR HEARTS. THAT'S HOW WE ARE BROUGHT FORTH TO BE BORN AGAIN. THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF THIS NEW BIRTH. THERE IS A BRINGING FORTH AGENT. AND NATURALLY SPEAKING WE UNDERSTAND THAT TO BE THE MOTHER. IT IS THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD THAT BRINGS FORTH THAT CHILD INTO THIS WORLD. WHAT IS IT THEN SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING THAT WOULD BRING US FORTH INTO THIS NEW BIRTH THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A NEW SPIRITUAL LIFE? IT IS THE WATERS OF BAPTISM. WE READ THERE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER FIVE VERSES 25 AND 26 THAT WE WOULD BE CLEANSED WITH THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD. THAT IS WHAT WE LEARN FROM GOD'S WORD THAT TEACHES US WHAT WE NEED TO DO. AND WHAT IS THAT? WE HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED. IN BAPTISM, WE ARE BROUGHT FORTH THROUGH THOSE WATERS TO BE NEW CREATURES. IT IS BAPTISM THAT WOULD BRING US FORTH TO THIS NEW LIFE. AND AGAIN TITUS CHAPTER THREE AND VERSE FIVE THAT HE SAVED IS BY THE WASHING OF REGENERATION.

NOW, WITH THOSE TWO VERSES AGAIN IN MIND I WANT US TO LOOK AT ANOTHER. ROMANS CHAPTER SIX AND VERSE FOUR. THERE IS A SIMILARITY OR A LIKENESS TO WHAT JESUS DID FOR US AND WHAT WE MUST DO IN ORDER TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIS COMMANDS, TO BE THOSE NEW CREATURES ACCORDING TO THE NEW BIRTH. ROMANS SIX AND VERSE FOUR SAYS, "THEREFORE WE WERE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM INTO DEATH, THAT JUST AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE." YOU SEE, JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS. HE WAS BURIED IN THE TOMB AND HE RESURRECTED THE THIRD DAY. WHAT MUST WE DO IN LIKENESS OF THOSE EVENTS? WE MUST DIE TO SELF. WE MUST BE BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH BAPTISM, FULLY IMMERSED AND SUBMERGED THAT OUR SINS MIGHT BE WASHED AWAY, AND WITH THE WATERS OF BAPTISM THEY ARE. AND WE RISE OUT OF THOSE WATERS JUST AS HE RESURRECTED WE ARISE TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE A NEW CREATURE THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH. SO AGAIN, WE ARE BEGOTTEN BY THE WORD. WE ARE BROUGHT FORTH BY THE WATERS OF BAPTISM THROUGH THIS NEW BIRTH PROCESS THAT WE MIGHT BE NEW CREATURES IN JESUS CHRIST. LET US UNDERSTAND THAT THAT WE MIGHT NEVER FORGET WHAT JESUS DID AND WHAT HE HAS COMMANDED IN THE NEW BIRTH.



CLOSING COMMENTS



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ISN'T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US THE PRIVILEGE TO BE BORN AGAIN? HOPEFULLY WE ALL HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS WONDROUS OPPORTUNITY AND DONE SO ACCORDING TO GOD'S PERFECT WILL. ARE YOU A TRULY BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN?