One of the nightmares confronting present-day pastors is how to separate genuine Christians from false professors of Christ. Some unbelievers in the church are ignorant of new creation realities whereas others who are in church for devilish purpose know exactly what they are doing. Virtually everybody in church claims to be born again whereas in reality only few have genuine salvation experience.
Nowadays, it is rare to hear a testimony on salvation of soul. In some churches salvation testimony is not regarded as “hot” enough for presentation, forgetting that the most important testimony after the incarnation of Christ is the salvation of soul. In the developed countries of the world people are getting disenchanted with going to church preferring to search for esoteric things that are unprofitable. In the developing regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America where people throng the church the motive is usually for creative and material miracles.
Jesus told Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, Israeli’s highest ruling body: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:3, 5). One needs to be born again to “see” the kingdom of God. Again, one needs to be born of water and the Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God.
All that come into the world are born spiritually dead destined for the lake of fire. The new birth is a change in destiny, direction and destination. It is attained through repentance, restitution and deliverance from evil inheritance and incubated satanic deposits in the body. To be born again according to John 3:3, 5 means translation from death to life, ability to see the basic nature of things from the perspective of heaven and the power to be on the narrow road to life eternal.
Since God commands all to be born again, it then means something is wrong with the first birth. What is it?
1. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Adam was created as a son of God. He was created sinless and had eternal life. But when he disobeyed the law regulating his creation, he died. Everybody that was born into this world after the similitude of Adam was born not as a son of God but as the son of Adam. Thus, the death sentence on Adam passed on all creation. That death sentence means spiritual, physical and eternal separation from God. To be born again therefore means to begin a new life. It is eternal life and it is a gift. It was made possible by the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He died on the Cross to pay the price for the sin committed by Adam and the entire human race. When you become born again, you move from death to life.
2. Fatherhood of Adam and his offspring. Before Adam sinned, God was his father. By transgression he lost that status. He became the son of the devil. All the descendants of Adam are the children of the devil at birth. Thus there are two fathers in the world today. To be born again therefore means to change from being the child of the devil to being a child of God.
3. Kingdom of God and kingdom of Satan. In the beginning, there was one God, one kingdom and one will in the universe, visible and invisible. Rebellion made Satan the god of this present evil world, whose kingdom is a kingdom of darkness with wills that are contrary to the will of God. Through Adam’s disobedience the whole earth became seeped in darkness. Anyone who is not born again is darkness. Therefore to be born again is to exchange light for darkness; to move from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God.
4. Communication with God. Man has inward and outward personalities. The inward personality comprises spirit and soul. The outward personality is the body. The only way man can communicate with God is through his spirit. But the spirit of an unregenerate man is dead and so cannot communicate with God. To be born again therefore is to have a new spirit recreated in the image of God and which can relate with God.
5. Three destinations. Nothing created by God goes out of existence. Anything that cannot stand before God’s holiness must perish or be destroyed. This does not mean annihilation. For man, there are three eternal destinations: New Jerusalem which will come out of new heaven, new earth and the lake of fire. Only those who are born again have a chance of living with God eternally in the New Jerusalem.
One of the purposes of God in sending Jesus into the world is to redeem mankind. To redeem is to buy back. Jesus offered His sinless blood as the ransom for the redemption of those who are willing to avail themselves of the privilege. It is an act of grace, entirely devoid of merit. A birth gives right to life. The new birth is not reformation but a recreation. It bestows the divine nature on the recipient. It is a new life. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:17).
Translation from death to life does not automatically put a Christian on the road to life. A born again Christian can refuse to ‘see’ spiritual things, fail to exercise the power to be on the narrow road to heaven by refusing to take the sincere milk of the God for growth. It should not surprise any careful observer that there are many born again Christians in this category.
Jesus said you must be born again of water and the Holy Spirit to enter heaven. Since there is a road that leads to the gate of heaven, it follows that one must first and foremost discover the road and determine to walk along it in the power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God. Just as repentance without restitution is not complete, even so, translation from death to life is incomplete without deliverance.
God created man in His image and likeness. One of the attributes of the image of God in man is self-will. By His nature, God does not overrule human self-will. That is why everybody who desires the life of God in him must exercise his self-will positively to receive a new spirit and the gift of eternal life.
How To Be Born Again
Apostle Paul said “In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (1 Cor 4:15) affirming that the gospel of Christ is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. The preaching of the gospel leads to repentance. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (Jn 16:7-11).
When the gospel is preached in the unction of the Holy Spirit, it produces conviction of sin by pricking the heart for godly sorrow for repentance or worldly sorrow for death with three results. “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” This is an honest inquiry on how to be saved. This amounts to calling on the name of the Lord in faith. A second response could be outright rejection of the message. The people said “Crucify him;” or “picked-up stones to throw at Him.” In modern parlance it means verbal and non-verbal scoffing, mocking or throwing tantrums at the preacher, giving unreasonable condition to accept Christ or diverting the subject-matter into other areas. A third reaction is remorse or worldly sorrow for sin, which is conviction without accompanying change of mind. It could also be godly sorrow for sin that “produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted.” The Holy Spirit alone knows when sorrow for sin is genuine and when the call on name of Jesus is from the heart and not from the head.
There are a number of activities performed by the Holy Spirit consequent upon conviction of sin following godly sorrow for sin such as sealing of the believer into the mystical Body of Christ and highlighting of name of Hypostatic Chip in the Lamb’s Book of Life. When a person is born again his or her name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The name does not refer to the human name of the person concerned but the identity of the Hypostatic Chip implanted into the person at the point of regeneration. The names of the Chips were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the creation of the earth. What happens is that when an unregenerate person is translated from death to life, the Chip that evidenced the translation is marked with a label such as ‘allocated’ and the result is angelic rejoicing in heaven because a ‘new creation’ capable of being Christlike has come to be. This is possible as the programs in the Chip are explored and obeyed through action borne out of faith in Christ.
Many people in church do not know their spiritual status. There are two unmistakable realities of the new birth. The first is implantation of a Hypostatic Chip, which is eternal life also known as the Incorruptible Seed or the new man. The second is factual testimony of a changed life. There must be irrefutable evidence to you and those who know you intimately that a change has taken place for the better in your life. Use the seven-point plan below to assess whether you are truly a Christian or a mere church-goer.
How To Identify A Born Again Christian
There are things that follow salvation, events in the life experience of a born again Christian as he or she embarks on the journey of eternal life in heaven. In the book of Acts we have several characteristics evidencing the changed lifestyle of the first set of believers. Let us examine seven of them:
1. Witness of the Holy Spirit, similar to bootable software and the accompanying joy in the innerman. See Rom 8:16. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the human spirit about the sonship of God. In Acts 2:3 it was ‘divided tongues as of fire.’ It is transmitted from the Hypostatic Chip to the mind through the spirit. The clarity of the message depends on the state of the spirit and the preparedness of the mind to receive divine information. The meaning may be unfamiliar as a result of the level of demonic bondage in the mind.
2. Change of mind and complete change in direction. Paul on Damascus road had a change of mind and a change in direction. He changed his mind about going to Damascus to persecute Christians but rather humbled himself by saying “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
3. Ability to “see” spiritual realities from God’s perspective.
4. Salvation testimony. Eagerness to share the divine experience. Paul’s example was to share his salvation testimony wherever he had the opportunity. “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (Jn 9:25).
5. Intense desire to know more about God evidenced by fellowshipping with the brethren. Shameless association with the people of the ‘Way,’ the “new breed” a contemptuous reference to born again Christians. Paul went to the desert of Arabia to be alone with the Lord.
6. Changed attitude towards sin. Loss of interest in a passion or sinless preoccupation. Deep and heartfelt regret for falling into sin. A Christian does not commit sin, but may be overcome by forces of darkness and fall into it. Paul called himself the chief of sinners.
7. Willingness to suffer persecution. Being undeterred by scornful resentment from former friends, colleagues and associates, sometimes leading to persecution.
If you cannot identify any or most of these tendencies in your life as a newly born again Christian then the change has not taken place. You are what at best may be described as a convicted unbeliever. This website has a an article on how to be born again. In addition you can seek godly counsel by going to a bible-believing church or minister nearest to you for one-on-one counselling and possibly deliverance from foundational bondage. If your environment is not suitable for that contact us by email by completing the form on the CONTACT US page of this website.