( THE BORN AGAIN BELIEVER’S COMMITMENT TO BE LIKE CHRIST )

Exactly what does it mean to be born again? What transpires in a person’s life when that act takes place? ( I believe ) that the very best message that any pastor can stand before his Church, every Sunday and tell his people is this. He needs to start his message off with these verses: ( Romans 3:12 ) They are all gone out of the way, they are all together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good no, not one.

We are teaching our young people that ( their life matters ) which is exactly the wrong message they need to here. Every message that is taught in every Church should be a message to cause people to know, beyond any shadow of a doubt that; just as they are, they cannot and, will not ever be pleasing to God the Father.

Being born again is ( the act of coming to the knowledge of one’s worthlessness ), no exceptions.That is ( in our flesh dwelleth no good thing ) ( Romans 7:18 ) For I know that in me ( that is, in my flesh, ) dwelleth no good thing: for the will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not.

The Apostle Paul had come to this realization, we all must see ourselselves in that light. ( Being Born Again ) is coming to the place that we see ourselves as ( without hope ) in this present world. We are not able to fix ourselves therefore, by excepting Jesus Christ and his righteousness, realizing that he paid the price necessary for our salvation.

We come to him, ask him, by the Holy Spirit to move into our bodies and, transform our worthless bodies to ( a vessel fit for the master’s use ). Within this act is our commitment to ( be like Christ ). Exactlt what does that mean? Jesus Christ made this statement: ( John 14:9 ) Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not know me, Phillip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

The commitment of every born again believer should be the very same way. Every deed, every word we speak, every move we make should be that people around us would be able to see God the Father in us. When we walk along side a friend, they should be able to see God the Father. If not, then it should be because they were like Phillip, not because our lives are not showing his will.

Another way to put it would be to say that walking beside Jesus Christ would be exactly like walking beside God the Father. Walking beside any born again believer should be the same way. Now, I understand we cannot be Jesus Christ and, that is not what I’m saying. I’m saying that our commitment sould be to reach that place in our everyday walk.

Do you remeber the verse: ( Philippians 3:14 ) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.?

That’s not speaking of a prize we win after we die and, are in heaven. that, my friend is something we press for in this life. Why? For the express purpose of being able to draw other people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul also said that he ( counted everything ) he had in this life as worthless for the excellence of knowing Jesus Christ.

That my desire as a born again believer. What’s your desire in this life?

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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