In my last blog post I spoke of what it means to be Born Again. It refers to our spiritual birth that God graciously grants so that we may have saving faith in Him. It’s a work completely done by God and not us. No one deserves it, but given to us as a gracious gift by God. Our faith and choosing to follow God is a result of the work God has already done within to regenerate us. It’s a mind blowing concept and one that many understandably struggle with. No one can never fully comprehend the work of God… it’s just too complex for our simple human minds to fully grasp. However choosing to trust in these truths about being born and what God has done within those who have faith in Christ, radically changes how we look at our faith and being a Christian; what it means to be a child of God. Let’s have a look at some of the implications:
1) It crushes our pride as we can take no credit for our salvation. Salvation is a work done by God alone so that no one can boast (Eph 3:8-9). It is by grace alone that we are saved given to us as a gift (Rom 3:24). Although it’s a work done by God we are still accountable for our choices not to follow Him as we suppress the truth and exchange it for a lie as what is plain to them of God is rejected (Rom 1:18-19). We by nature reject God and are therefore will be righteously judged by God for it.
2) We can’t claim with our mouths that we are saved by grace alone apart from works, and then boldly proclaim that we have a say in whether we are saved or not by what we do. Our obedience and perseverance in following Christ is a reflection of the work that God has already done within us. Our perseverance to the end is the evidence of our new spiritual birth, not the reason for it. If we choose to turn from God and continue to live as we please, then there is little evidence of being born again. That person would have no assurance of salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation and there is nothing we can do to lose it because it’s by God’s hand alone that we are born again.
3) It grants us unfathomable hope and peace amidst the storms of life. Given we know that it is by the God’s grace alone that we are saved (Rom 3:22) and by His enabling that we are justified and conformed into His image (Rom 8:30), we have hope and peace within. Our souls are at peace because what God has done. We are safe within His mighty hands, not being able to be snatched out of His hands by anything in all creation. We know our eternity will be with him and that life on earth is a finite time as we are being conformed into His image.
4) And most importantly, God alone is glorified. When we realize the nature of being born again and how we are born again, we can not but fall before God in complete and utter awe of His love, grace and sovereign power. No one deserves to be saved because by our nature we have exchanged the glory of God for the images of man and other things (Rom1:23). It’s by God’s grace and according to His sovereign will alone that He chooses to save anyone. He alone is praised as we are completely humbled by the fact that it was nothing in us that earned the right to be saved. How can we not serve and worship a God when we deep down realize this amazing truth!