Are You Born Again? (Gospel Light Minute X #403)

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This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #403 titled, “How To Be Born Again” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

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Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #390 titled, “Are You Ready for a Change?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Fueled by unfulfilled promises, unrealized hopes, and increasing difficulties, “It’s time for a change” has become a common theme with both politicians and the general public.

THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PAST

Within the recent past, changes have occurred with surprising suddenness. Governments once thought to be stable have been toppled. Financial institutions have failed. Once-successful businesses have collapsed. Even more significantly, the moral fabric of society has been shattered by turning away from God and the principles of His Word, the Bible. The “do what feels good” mentality—casting off restraint and rejecting authority—has broken up families and ruined lives. This is nothing but lawlessness, the essence of sin, which has brought the disillusion, disease, death, and destruction we see all around us. Continue reading “Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)”

Jesus Died for Everyone Including the Unborn (Gospel Light Minute X #334)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #334, titled, “Jesus Died for Everyone Including The Unborn.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.



GOD’S VIEW ON LIFE

The Almighty God Himself refers to the unborn as literal human beings. In His own words, He stated that the virgin Mary, “… was found with CHILD of the Holy Ghost.” This verse refers to Jesus Christ when He was still in Mary’s womb.

When speaking of the unborn baby, John the Baptist, the Bible states in Luke 1:41, “…the BABE leaped in her womb..” Refusing a helpless baby the right to be born is murder and is therefore against God’s will. Proverbs 6:16-17 states, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,” Continue reading “Jesus Died for Everyone Including the Unborn (Gospel Light Minute X #334)”

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 29)

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John 3:19-21

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 29.

C.J. Mahaney said, “Never be content with your current grasp of the gospel. The gospel is the life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than a diamond. It’s depths man will never exhaust.”

Today, as we conclude Jesus’ discourse with Nicodemus, we are going to continue looking at the reasons why people reject the light of the Gospel and the gift of salvation. On yesterday, we saw that people reject salvation through Jesus Christ because they “love darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

Jesus goes on to say, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” No one likes to receive rebuke or criticism; we do not like to be told that we are wrong. Yet, when we are faced with the light of the Gospel, we are being told by God that we are wrong — that our way is not the best way. We think that we are good, but God’s word tells us that we are sinners. Continue reading “What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 29)”

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 28)

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John 3:19-21

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 28.

G.K. Chesterton said, “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness, and everyone must choose his side.”

In our message on yesterday, we talked about the fact that there would be some people who condemn themselves to eternal punishment in Hell because they refuse to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. One question that Nicodemus probably had in his mind as he was talking to Jesus is: If being born again is as simple as Jesus says it is, if God has done everything to facilitate our salvation, why would anyone reject that gift? Why would anyone condemn themselves?

Jesus provides the answer in verse 19. He says, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” The only reason why people reject God and salvation through Jesus Christ is because they love darkness more than light. They love the evil deeds that they are engaged in so much that they will put themselves at risk of eternal damnation. Continue reading “What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 28)”

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 27)

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John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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C.S. Lewis said, “All that are in Hell, choose it. Without self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”

John 3:16 is the high point of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. It is a verse full of truth and beauty that carries the essential message of the Gospel — that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners. It is a simple and powerful message, one that Paul said was “worthy of all acceptation.” Yet, we find today that many people do not accept this message.

Following the mountaintop of John 3:16, we begin to come down into the valley and deal with what Jesus said immediately after in verse 17. This verse begins with the preposition “for”, indicating that it is closely tied to John 3:16. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Continue reading “What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 27)”

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 25)

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John 3:9-15:

9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate too win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 25.

Henry Drummond said, “Even to earnest minds the difficulty of grasping the truth has always proved extreme. Philosophically, one scarcely sees either the necessity or the possibility of being born again. Why a virtuous man should not simply grow better and better until in his own right he enter the Kingdom of God is what thousands honestly and seriously fail to understand.”

Thus far, in His discussion with Nicodemus, Jesus has not pointed out His true origin. He has allowed Nicodemus to believe that He is just a great teacher, a rabbi on the level with the Old Testament prophets who also worked miracles. However, after hinting in verse 12 that there are still some “heavenly things” that Nicodemus needs to understand, Jesus begins to slowly reveal His true nature to Nicodemus.

First, He reveals Himself as the one who came down from Heaven. In verse 13, He states, “No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” Jesus is saying that no one knows the way to Heaven except the one who came down from Heaven — that is, Himself. Jesus came down from Heaven to show us the way to Heaven. The only one who can get there (and take others there) is someone who has already been there.

Jesus is identifying himself as someone who has a heavenly origin. He is not just a rabbi who has been specially anointed by God. He is God Himself, come down from Heaven, wrapped in human flesh, that He may show others the way back to Heaven. This makes sense: You wouldn’t trust someone to tell you how to get to the moon unless they had actually been there and come back themselves. What Nicodemus has to grasp is that Jesus knows how to get into the kingdom of God because He is the King of that kingdom.

After revealing himself as the one who came down from Heaven, Jesus then points out that He must be lifted up on earth. Verse 14 says, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” This is a reference to an event Nicodemus would have been familiar with. During the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel, they suffered a plague of fiery serpents. When they cried out to the Lord for deliverance, God told Moses to make a bronze replica of a serpent and put it on a pole. Everyone who had been bitten by these serpents and wanted to be healed simply had to turn their heads and place their eyes on the bronze serpent, and they were healed of the pain and sickness caused by the serpent’s venom.

Jesus now says that He Himself, the God-Man from Heaven, would be lifted up above the earth. Nicodemus may have thought that Jesus was speaking figuratively. But, He was not. Jesus was literally lifted up from the earth when He was crucified on a Roman cross.

The reason for Jesus’ crucifixion is given in the next verse: “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Just as those who looked on the serpent in the wilderness were saved from their suffering, those who turn to Jesus Christ will be saved from perishing in Hell, will be born again, and will have eternal life in Heaven with God.

I’m reminded of a story that has been told down through the years: “On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm almost crippled the city of Colchester, England; and a teenage boy was unable to get to the church he usually attended. So he made his way to a nearby Primitive Methodist chapel, where an ill-prepared layman was substituting for the absent preacher. His text was Isaiah 45:22—“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” For many months this young teenager had been miserable and under deep conviction; but though he had been reared in church (both his father and grandfather were preachers), he did not have the assurance of salvation.

The unprepared substitute minister did not have much to say, so he kept repeating the text. “A man need not go to college to learn to look,” he shouted. “Anyone can look—a child can look!” About that time, he saw the visitor sitting to one side, and he pointed at him and said, “Young man, you look very miserable. Young man, look to Jesus Christ!” The young man did look by faith, and that was how the great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon was converted.”

That is the truth that Nicodemus had been searching for. Entrance into the kingdom of God is not gained by good works or keeping the law, but by looking to Jesus Christ, the author of the new birth, and trusting Him to get us into His kingdom. That is the whole reason for which Jesus came.

As the song says,

You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

Once you have been born again, Jesus can take you from this earth to the sky. You won’t have to suffer the punishment of Hell because He suffered it in your place. Now, all you have to do is believe on Him and be born again.

If you have not believed on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #24)

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John 3:1-15:

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

– – – – –

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate too win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 24.

Chuck Smith said, “A person apart from the new birth lives a life that is dominated by his fleshly desires. His body rules over his soul and spirit. In fact, his spirit is dead…. But when a person is born of the Spirit, the spirit becomes alive and begins to rule within his life, and now his mind is occupied with the things of the Spirit, with how he might please God, in the worship of God, in the opening up of his life and his heart to the things of God and of His Spirit. A mind dominated by the Spirit is called the mind of the Spirit, which is life and peace and joy.”

As Jesus continues explaining to Nicodemus what it means to be born again, He expresses to Him that there is a part of it that he will never really understand. He compares the work of the Spirit of God in the heart of the believer to the way the wind blows. He says, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

It is like the popular children’s poem by Christina Rossetti:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

No one sees the wind; no one knows where it is coming from or where it is going. But we see the evidence of the wind when we see leaves trembling or trees bending. The Holy Spirit works the same way. We can’t see the sinner being born again. We can’t put the process in a test tube and reproduce it or study it. But it does take place. We see the evidence in the changed life of the individual. As I have said in the past, we may not be able to understand it all, but we believe it all and thank God for it all. That is what Jesus is telling Nicodemus.

Nicodemus responds, “How can these things be?” He is still trying to grasp this with his earthly mindset. Rules, regulations, and obedience to the law are things he can examine and see. He can wrap his mind around that. This being “born again” that Jesus is talking about is foreign to him. However, Jesus evidently does not think it should be; He responds with a statement of astonishment himself. “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”

Nicodemus, as a Pharisee, knew the law backwards and forwards. However, he and his fellow Pharisees had only studied the letter of the law and completely missed the spirit. They thought salvation was in the keeping of the law, and did not realize that the law and the rituals prescribed therein pointed forward to the ministry of the Messiah who would carry out the fulfillment of the law.

Next, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.” Notice that Jesus suddenly speaks in the plural. He says, “We speak.” Who is the “we” here? Well, according to Old Testament law, no testimony could be accepted unless it was verified by two or three witnesses. Scholars believe that the “we” Jesus is speaking of is either Himself along with the Old Testament writers or Himself along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Matthew Henry says, “Some understand it to mean those that bore witness to him and with him on earth, the prophets and John Baptist; they spoke what they knew, and had seen, and were themselves abundantly satisfied in. Others understand it to mean those that bore witness from heaven, the Father and the Holy Ghost; the Father was with him, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; therefore he speaks in the plural.” I believe that it is not either-or, but both-and. I believe that it was God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and Jesus along with the prophets, John the Baptist, and the Word of God. Jesus satisfied the requirements for establishing a testimony as truthful in the eyes of the law and a man who studied the law such as Nicodemus.

Jesus goes on to gently chide Nicodemus, saying, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” Jesus had spoken of birth, water, and wind to describe being born again to Nicodemus. He had also alluded to the law as evidence that pointed toward the new birth that the Messiah would bring. If Nicodemus could not grasp it now, there was no way He would be able to grasp it if Jesus told him of the higher things of God.

Jesus had put the cookies on the lowest shelf. He used things that Nicodemus was familiar with to describe how being born again could take place. Jesus wanted Nicodemus to enter into the kingdom of God; that is why He goes to such lengths to explain this to him.

Jesus also wants you to be a part of His kingdom. And, as the writer of this Gospel states, “these things were written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and believing, ye might have life through his name.” The question, ladies and gentlemen, is: Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Are you willing to believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Will you believe? Like Nicodemus, you might not understand how it all works. But you don’t have to understand everything about the new birth to be born again. All you have to do is trust Jesus Christ, and that is what I am going to show you how to do right now.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #23)

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John 3:1-7:

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate too win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Continue reading “What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘You Must Be Born Again’? Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #23)”

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, ‘Ye Must Be Born Again’? Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #22)

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John 3:1-3:

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

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D.L. Moody said, “God says everyone who would enter heaven, no matter how good they think they are, or how well educated, or zealous in good works, must be born again.”

F.B. Meyer said, “When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit. But the old self-life, which is called in Scripture the flesh, is not taken away. The two may coexist in the same heart. “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.”

In a letter to Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, the British preacher George Whitefield said, “I find that you grow more and more famous in the learned world. As you have made such progress in investigating the mysteries of electricity, I now humbly urge you to give diligent heed to the mystery of the new birth. It is a most important and interesting study and, when mastered, will richly repay you for your pains.”

I don’t know if Benjamin Franklin took George Whitefield’s advice, but we are going to take his advice today and look at what it means to be born again. The story of Nicodemus visiting Jesus at night is one of the most well-known stories in the New Testament. And just as Nicodemus was, many people today are confused about what it means to be born again. Thankfully, we have Jesus Christ, the author of the new birth to explain this term to us. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Nicodemus as we begin our journey through a conversation in which Jesus explains what it means to be born again.

Who was Nicodemus? John tells us that Nicodemus was “a man of the Pharisees, a ruler of the Jews.” The Pharisees were a religious sect committed to living their lives by the strictest possible interpretation of the Mosaic law. Although many Pharisees were hypocrites, Warren Wiersbe said, “Evidence indicates that Nicodemus was deeply sincere in his quest for truth. He came to Jesus by night, not because he was afraid of being seen, but most likely because he wanted to have a quiet uninterrupted conversation.” This was early on in Jesus’ ministry, and the hatred of the Jewish religious leaders for Jesus had not fully developed.

Nicodemus addresses Jesus as “rabbi”, a title of honor and respect for a religious leader. He also states,”We know that thou art a teacher come from God.” The “we” Nicodemus uses indicates that there were likely other Pharisees who were interested in Jesus as well. They may have put Nicodemus up to the task of getting to the bottom of Jesus’ agenda. Either way, Nicodemus and these Pharisees realize that Jesus indeed ‘came from God.’ They know this because, in Nicodemus’ words, “no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

When Jesus replies in verse 3, He does not respond to these kind, respectful, and even flattering remarks. He cuts right to the heart of why Nicodemus is there. He starts out with “Verily, Verily,” or “Truly, Truly.” These words are a call-out that let us know that what Jesus is about to say is very important. Jesus says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

As we will see in our next few messages, this statement takes Nicodemus for a loop. The reason why is because Nicodemus is trying to get into the kingdom of God. Perhaps, he thinks he has already made it. He is a trained student of the Old Testament Scriptures. He is striving to keep the law as strictly as possible. Yet, Jesus basically tells him, ‘Nicodemus, you’re doing it wrong. If you truly want to enter into the kingdom of God, you must be born again. If you’re not born again, everything that you’re doing now is all for naught.’

Jesus says the same thing to us today. Stop trying to get into Heaven your own way. It won’t work. You’re wasting your time depending on good works, keeping the law, going to church, or being charitable to the less fortunate. None of that will get you into the kingdom of God. You must be born again.

Being born again is something that can only be done through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Are you, like Nicodemus, trying to get into the kingdom of God? If so, I am going to show you right now exactly how you can do that by being born again.

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.