Being Born Again Involves Two Things
Photo: © Lightstock.com
A. Things Only God Can Do
showing us our sin, forgiving us & giving us new spiritual life
Our main problem as human beings is SIN - the tendency to go our own rebellious way.
1. Only God can -
a. convince me I am a sinner
b. forgive my sin
c. cleanse me from my sin & guilt
Only God the Holy Spirit can reveal our sinfulness to us and show us that our sin helped put Jesus Christ on a cross in our place. Only God the Father can forgive us and cleanse us through the Blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross at Calvary.
JOHN 16:8-11 Jesus said:
When he (the Holy Spirit of Truth) comes, he will convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgment: of sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
The Holy Spirit Reveals The Truth About Three Things
MAN'S SIN because we refuse to repent of our rebellion against God and put our trust in Jesus' righteousness to make us right with God
GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS because Jesus' death and resurrection make us righteous in God's eyes when we repent and are born again from above
SATAN'S JUDGEMENT because at the Cross Jesus disarmed, disgraced and defeated sin, death and satan
2. Only God can -
a. give us eternal life in the power of the Holy Spirit
b. save us from the punishment our sins deserve & take us
to be with him in heaven
B. Things Only I Can Do
confessing/repenting of my sins & asking Jesus Christ into my life
1. Admit my sin in the eyes of a holy God.
God is light - there is no darkness at all in him 1 JOHN 1:5
My problem: I cannot come into God's presence with all my sin.
I need to:
a. admit my sin to God and to myself & ask God's forgiveness and
b. receive God's forgiveness and cleansing
2. Repent of my sin - turn from my sinful, rebellious way of life that wants to have nothing to do with God and turn to God by putting my faith in Jesus Christ's death on the Cross to deal with my sin and his resurrection from the grave to give me new life.