Are You Born Again, AGAIN?
Many who claim to be "BORN AGAIN" think they have secured their eternal destiny.
If the only motivation to say a "SINNER'S PRAY" was to gain fire insurance against the wages of sin then you might want to consider Nicodemus' conversation with Jesus.
Multitudes of people have said the "SINNER'S PRAYER" because they were told that this would gain them eternal life. They rushed forward at the end of a church service at the "altar call" to meet Jesus.
Where did we get the idea that saying one prayer was all we needed to do to be a Christian? Somehow we have reduced Christianity to an eternal destiny that has very little impact on the behavior and conduct of lives in present-day reality.
TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT JESUS SAID TO NICODEMUS (John 3:1-23)
Nicodemus represented the most powerful religious leaders of the day during the life of Jesus. He was a Pharisee and a leader of the supreme Sanhedrin that governed Israel. He witnessed the miracles of Jesus and listened to Christ's teaching, but Nicodemus wanted to have a conversation with Jesus. He was hungry for more in his own spiritual devotion.
Nicodemus wanted a meeting "at night" with Jesus because he was afraid of others finding out. Jesus immediately shifts the tone of the meeting when he told Nicodemus to his face, "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!". Nicodemus doesn't know how to respond to the mandate.
Think about it. That phrase, "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN" has dominated Christianity ever since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door. But do we really know what Jesus meant when He said it to Nicodemus? Was Jesus saying that the most important part of your spiritual life is that you secure your eternal destiny? Did Jesus introduce the "SINNER'S PRAYER" to Nicodemus? NO! NO! NO!
Jesus wasn't simply offering Nicodemus a ticket out of the inferno of hell.
Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Messiah in the flesh was instructing the greatest thinking theologian of the day on why spiritual re-birth is the essential entry point into the Kingdom of God. Salvation eternal life is one of the benefits but the greater emphasis is on living a victorious kingdom life free from sin.
Jesus was saying until your old nature is reborn and you are transformed into a new person with a converted set of completely different "want to's" you cannot enter the kingdom. The kingdom is the movement of God on the earth. We don't get to participate in being a part of the kingdom until we are "BORN AGAIN, AGAIN." The kingdom life begins when we receive the indwelling presence of Christ in our spirit, soul, and body.
The simple truth of Christ's message about being BORN AGAIN: