Saturday, February 8, 2014
Born again this way!
All it took for us to be lost, separated from God, and spiritually dead was simply to be born. There was nothing we could do to "renounce", so to speak our "sinnership". To coin a phrase a certain group has used we were in fact born that way! It had nothing to do with our conduct. It had nothing to do with who we associated with. We were born into that condition.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:6-7
So in like manner all that is needed for us to be accepted in the beloved, children of God, and the very righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is to simply be born again.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
So all that was needed is a new birth. Thank God upon receiving the free gift of righteousness this is exactly what we received! Once we are born again, there is nothing we can do to make ourselves unrighteous. Because we received His righteousness trusting in what He accomplished not relying on what we accomplish. Our conduct didn't bring about this new birth our belief and acceptance of His finished work did. So likewise our conduct won't remove our righteousness either. In other words our conduct didn't get us into the Family so our conduct won't remove us from the Family!
And they shall not teach every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:11-13
God declared our sins and iniquities He will remember no more. This is proof our conduct won't remove us from the Family. Why then live upright? Because we advertise if you will, our Father's great love. We won't a good advertisement campaign for the World to see. When we know we are accepted and forgiven and completely secure in Him we will live upright.
With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Hebrews 9:12 NLT
He has purchased our eternal redemption. We are eternally secure in Him. It is based on His finished work. When we are born again we are, sealed with the Spirit, set apart by the Blood, and eternally secure. This is the good news.
So we exchanged our guilty stained, separated life for His pure, righteous and accepted life. We became what we never had been, right with God! To again coin a phrase we have all heard, except this time with a twist: we are born again this way! Forever forgiven, forever sanctified and forever in right standing with our Wonderful Heavenly Father!