It seems that today the devil is redefining many of the Bible names and terminology. “Being Born Again” is applied to rock musicians that have a renewed success in the field of music and to other people who have been restored to success and other worldly situations.
Being “Born Again” by Bible standards means a spiritual work by God has taken place and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. Today the word “Christian” has become a broad category of meanings. It seems that people call themselves Christians when they are far from what the Bible teaches that a Christian should be. A Bible Christian is someone who has been convicted of their sin, confessed to God that they are repentant of their sin and have trusted Jesus Christ to save them. They recognize Jesus as their Lord and Master. The Holy Spirit then moves them to follow Jesus and obey His word. There will be evidence in their life that they are Christians as the Bible portrays Christians to be. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
Satan has blinded the mind of many people. I believe there are many people today that think they are Christians but they are not. Some have never realized that they are sinners; they think that because they have been good and done no great sin that God will take them to Heaven some day. They are deceived. The Bible says that we all have sinned. See Romans 3:23. All sinners must come to God on His terms acknowledging themselves to be a sinner and turn to God through faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Some people think that because they go to church, perform religious activities or do good deeds toward others that they will go to Heaven.
These things are good and everyone should do them but salvation comes through personal commitment to Jesus Christ as your Lord through faith in the promise of God. Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Satan has created many deceptions to keep people from being saved. It is God that does the saving. We cannot save ourselves. We must come to Him his way. Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
As born again believers, and as members of God’s family, we are called to represent Him in the world. The apostle Paul put it this way, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). As His representatives, we are to model His character and His ways in our dealings with one another, including an honest and genuine means for restoring broken relationships. When we do this, we do more than heal the hurting and bind the wounded. We do more than absolve guilt or relieve bitterness. In fact, we put God’s perfect love on display, a love that is deep, fair, just, and determined to move us toward His good desires for us.
Though the Apostle Paul’s words are in the context of evangelism, it is significant that they are also in the context of reconciliation. That is the point. When we engage in a ministry of restoration, we act as God’s ambassadors and reveal His love to a watching world. The vocal group 4Him, in their song “Visible,” expressed this privilege and responsibility this way, “To make You known, to make You seen, to be Your hands, to be Your feet. I want to be a revelation of love. I want to make the invisible God visible.”
You must accept God’s Son today if you want to live in heaven’s sunshine tomorrow.