BORN AGAIN: READY FOR THE RAPTURE
A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN, SEALED BY THE HOLY GHOST, CAN NOT GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING. This seal of the Spirit is like a watchman on the wall. Even the presence of sin makes the heart tremble. A “Born Again Christian” that protects the seal of the Holy Ghost will have a conscience so pure that living in sin is impossible. This is the lifestyle that was preached by John Wesley, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the great leaders of the past.
This generation of compromisers has developed a theology of “sinning religion”. A person that proclaims, “I am a saved sinner” is in direct rebellion against the perfect Word of God. Listen to the Apostle Paul speaking to the Church at Ephesus. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4: 22-29)
A born again Christian is a “new creation”. They have passed from darkness to light and from sin to righteousness. To the Romans, Paul said, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6: 6-7) The real truth is that our churches are full of members that have never been “Born Again”. Religion alone will leave the soul bound to the old life and hopelessly lost, but a radical “New Birth” will change the total person.
Does that mean a born again person never sins again? No, it does not. But, it means that they will grow and become stronger on a regular basis. They will show the new life by their godliness and holiness. Apostle John said it beautifully. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2: 1-4) Sealed by the Holy Spirit is the power that keeps the soul. Notice this promise. “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4: 30)
When we are saved/born again, the Holy Spirit comes at that moment to dwell in our life. When you are saved you have Him, but when you are baptized by the Holy Ghost He has you. Stephen Olford, a great Baptist minister, said it like this. “When I was saved, He was in residence, but when I was filled He was the President.”
The “Born Again” life is the greatest life on the face of this earth. The sacrifice of Christ’s blood has broken the powers of sin. We are now called unto holiness. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” (Hebrews 10:26)
The most powerful subject in Holy Scripture is, “YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN”. Yet it is so reduced in today’s Church that the majority of Church members do not know the transformation that occurs. If a person is “BORN AGAIN” they are “New Creatures In Christ”. Please take time to listen to the Sermons I am preaching on this subject. “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Corinthians 1:21) God’s plan for saving souls is the preaching of the Gospel and there is no backup plan. We will send a FREE CD Sermon to every person that requests it. Go to the Home page and at the top there is a section called, “SANCTUARY SERMONS”. Call us at 1 704 391 0588 or toll free 1 800 338 7883. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org .