“Yes, indeed,” Yeshua answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, CJB) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved.” (John 3:16-17, CJB) “This Yeshua is the stone rejected by you builders which has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!” (Acts 4:11-12, CJB) “So you will be saved, if you honestly say, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death.” (Romans 10:9, CEV)
Salvation. There is so much embodied in this one word. Strong’s Concordance defines this word from the original Greek language as: “To save, deliver, or protect”. The Holy Bible, the written and inspired Word of the Living God, obviously has a lot to say about being saved. For those who believe in Adonai and His Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), all of this makes sense, but is it enough just to believe? The Bible says that the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19).
I would venture to guess that most people involved in western Christianity equate salvation with belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Many of these went to an altar in a church and prayed a special prayer, or maybe they prayed with someone who spoke to them about Jesus. These “confessed with their mouth” as the scripture says. Some found a local congregation or “church” to belong to and tried to adhere to what this group said to do to show that they now belong to Adonai.
Unfortunately, a large number of these have left organized religion because of offenses. They have stated emphatically that church attendance is not necessary for salvation and they are right (However, gathering together is necessary for growth and alignment, but that is for another discussion).
I now have some questions for you. Is this enough? How do we know we are truly “saved” from the fiery torment of a hell that was created for Satan and his hordes, and will spend eternity in heaven with Adonai? What does it mean to be “born again”?
Some of the earliest memories I have of childhood were thoughts of “who am I” and “am I real”. I know this seems deep for a toddler, but I genuinely wondered how I got here and if I was real! Much later, after I grew to adulthood and then met Yeshua, I finally had the answers. As life progressed, though, I began to wonder if all “Christians” were the real deal. Many people I spoke with professed belief in Jesus, but their lives were fruitless. They seemed bound by sin and addictions, unable to get free, or simply lived and looked like the world around them and didn’t seem to care.
It seems to me that since we are on this planet in fleshly bodies for such a short time compared to eternity and that the decisions we make here have a direct correlation to that eternity, we desperately need to know what it means to “be saved”! How do we really know if we are saved or not? For that answer we must turn back to the scriptures.
When we are born into this physical life, how do we usually know our parents love us? They discipline us! If our parents are not seriously dysfunctional, they care for us, provide for us, and make sure we know where the boundaries are. This is a picture of our heavenly Father (who, by the way, is NEVER dysfunctional). The scripture says in Hebrews 12:6-8 (CJB): “For Adonai disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son. Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer (illegitimate) and not a son!”
Awhile back when Bobby Conner was being interviewed by Paul Keith Davis he put this whole discussion in a one sentence nutshell. In essence he said that if we can live sinfully without Holy Spirit conviction, we are not born again. He said that he was speaking with someone who classified themselves as a Christian homosexual. Bobby asked them “Which is it? Are you a Christian or a homosexual? You can’t be both!” Herein is found the truth: True children of Adonai, when we sin are disciplined. Holy Spirit brings conviction to repentance and we are restored in fellowship. If someone can willfully sin without conviction, they deceive themselves by saying that they are Christian. They are living a lie.
Here is what God Himself says about these in relation to the times in which we live and the coming false messiah:
“When this man who avoids Torah comes, the Adversary will give him the power to work all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. He will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. This is why God is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned.” (2 Thess 2:9-12, CJB)
So what’s the remedy? Examine your heart and ask Adonai if you are a legitimate child or not. Read His Word, confess your sins to Him and ask Him to cleanse you by His blood, turn from your sinful lifestyle and ask Him for help to live according to His Word. Learn to love, and cling to Him. “People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin.” (1 John 3:9, MSG) You MUST BE Born Again!