Are you born again?
To be born again is to be converted to a personal faith in Christ.
To be born again is to acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Jesus states the importance of this conversion in John 3 (emphasis on verse 3)
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 1-3 NKJV
As we live out our faith daily as Christians, it is important that we – from time to time – remind ourselves of the foundation of our salvation. Ignorance kills but understanding what a relationship with Christ entails, equips one with wisdom for growth in God’s kingdom.
Faith. Grace. Righteousness.
These 3 terms are familiar to us as Christians. But what do they really mean to us?
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5: 1-2 NKJV
Faith triggers the release of Grace. Grace then takes you through a relationship with Jesus once you invite Him into your heart. Grace is what makes your sinful past insignificant (2 Corinthians 5:17) Grace saves and justifies us freely.
We are saved by Grace through Faith but it doesn’t end there; Grace comes with a free gift: RIGHTEOUSNESS
15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Romans 5:15-17 NKJV
Righteousness means approved by God. He bestows His Righteousness on us and this moves us to conform to His will and His standards. The Bible tells us in Romans that Abraham believed God and it was accounted to Him as righteousness. Righteousness is a privilege and it starts with Faith in God. We keep on our garment of righteousness by walking according to the Spirit of God.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 NKJV
Faith. Grace. Righteousness.