Today’s Bible Reading: John 1, 2 and 3
Just what has happened to you? That’s a good question and an important one too. Knowing what happened and what it means will help you the rest of your Christian life.
It happened in a church, in your home, or somewhere else. Someone helped you, or perhaps you were by yourself. But wasn’t it something like this? You felt a need, learned somehow that Jesus Christ could help you, and one way or another, asked Him to come into your life.
Now, what does it all mean? Let’s put it simply. Two things have happened:
- Jesus becomes your saviour.
- You have become a child of God.
We call this salvation… perhaps someone has already mentioned that now you are “saved”. Maybe you wonder what that means. Saved from what? Why did you need to be saved?
God wants you to know three things:
- You are a sinner.
- You cannot save yourself.
- Only Christ can save you.
The Bible says, “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). That includes you and me. The Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This kind of death is spiritual and eternal. We cannot save ourselves from this death by our good works, by church membership, or by trying to be good. The only way to be saved from the penalty is to get rid of our sins.
Now, how can we be saved? Jesus provided a way by dying on the cross. In doing this, He took our place and suffered our punishment. When we asked God to forgive our sins, and believe Jesus died for us, God accepted us for Jesus’ sake, our sins are forgiven, and Jesus becomes our savior. But something else happened. You have become a child of God.
A child of God? What does that mean? For example, when you were born as a baby, you received natural life from your parents. Because of this you are like them, you have many of their characteristics. When Jesus became our savior, he brought you new life, a spiritual life from God. The bible calls this the new birth (John 3:3). By your first birth you become a child of your earthly parents; by your new, or second birth, you have become a child of God.
This is important. You now have two natures:
- The old nature you received when born the first time. This we can call the self life.
- The new nature you received with the second birth. Since Jesus Christ is now living in you by His Holy Spirit, we call this new nature the Christ life.
As far as your first or natural birth is concerned, you may be an adult, a youth, or a child. But as far as your new or spiritual birth is concerned, you are a baby. You have received a new life, but it’s just the beginning. Your spiritual life has to grow. You mustn’t remain a spiritual baby; you need to mature as a Christian.
You need to grow spiritually.
Bible study for today
Those who receive Christ, have the authority to become the children of God
But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name – John 1:12
John 1:29. What did john the Baptist call Jesus?
John 2:5. What advice did Jesus’ mother give to the servants?
John 3:3. What is necessary to ‘see the kingdom of God’?
John 3:6 List the two kinds of birth:
John 3:16. How can we keep from perishing?
John 3:36. What does a person have, if he believes in Jesus?
Verses to memorize:
John 1:12; 1:29 (last part); 3:3; 3:16; 3:36.