Be Born Again in the Spirit

'But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.""

It Is a Freedom Thing

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Who Can Know the Mind of Christ?

Often times after I post a new blog around the net I field responses from people asking how I can possibly know this or that about God, some of these even admitting to being atheist or agnostic so I think it is time to share what God himself has to say on the subject.

None of us should have to depend on preachers, priests, pastors or spiritual advisors to understand the mind of Christ.  We are admonished to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15.  I do believe that we should not fail to come together in the company of fellow believers but when you do go to these congregations and when you yourself are not able to rightly divide the word of truth, you can and often times will be led astray.  People followed Jim Jones and others like him unto their own deaths simply because they were too lazy to read God's Word, the Holy Bible, for themselves and of course "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."  II Timothy 3:16-17.

In today's world, particularly when you hear the likes of Nancy Pelosi call upon church leaders to lead the charge toward social justice and some follow her beckoning to try to convince their respective flocks that all of sudden coveting what your neighbor has and stealing from them to 'redistribute' to someone  else is the right thing to do....you have to be prepared with your own answers.  You have to be prepared to kick the dust from your heels as you depart those houses of dead men's bones sitting in the pews.

Not everyone can pick up a bible and automatically begin to understand what God is saying to us.  Some 'unsaved' theologians study their entire lives and come away with hair-brained ideas but not a whit of spiritual insight.  Jeremiah Wright and Obama's spiritual advisor, Jim Wallis fall into this category.  The fact that they are unsaved renders them unable to understand God's Word and the deeper mysteries found therein because many things in the bible are only spiritually discerned.

And so it is exactly as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3-7, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

You have heard it said since your youth that salvation is a free gift of God offered to all who would answer when Jesus knocks on your heart's door....and I will add that it is the easiest step you can take and wisest choice you can ever make in your entire life.  It is as simple as understanding what is understandable as expressed in Romans 10:8-10, "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That is thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

It is after this moment in time in your life as you accept Jesus in your heart and confess him with your mouth in front of the only being, God Himself, that can read hearts that you will come to understand the basic premise of why I tell you that I can know the mind of Christ.  "For it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have  received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ."  I Corinthians 2:9-16.

With that in mind, I will leave you with six (6) items that we are not to be ignorant about and once you have followed the admonition of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans above I would expect you to be able to understand the scriptural references I will leave with you.

1. God is faithful in times of trouble.  II Corinthians 1:8-10.
2. We are Responsible of Getting out the Gospel.  Romans 1:13-16
3. We need to have a knowledge of Spiritual Gifts.   I Corinthians 12:1-7
4.  We need to Understand God's Purpose for Israel.  Romans 11:25-28
5.  We need to know about The Resurrection and our Future Life.  I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
6.  Understand and Heed God's Judgment on Backsliders.  I Corinthians 10:1-12.

In every one of the references above you will read words to this effect: "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery...."  It is written this way purposefully so that maybe we will all get the hint and come to an understanding why we are even on this orb we call earth and home and breathing the breath God breathed into us at the point of our own conception.  Trust me, God's breath is not a poisonous gas as Obama's EPA would have you believe.   Don't be ignornant of such matters.

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