BCL Grow: Born Again — John 3:3
John 3:3 (Redemption)
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” — John 3:3
“There is no holiness without regeneration. It is ‘the new man which is created in true holiness’ (Eph. 4:24). And no heaven without holiness; for ‘without holiness no man shall see the Lord’ (Heb. 12:14). Will the gates of pearl be opened to let in dogs and swine? No; their place is without (Rev. 22:15).” — Thomas Boston, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, p. 248.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Being “in Christ” is not only trusting Jesus as your Savior; every true believer has actual new life and is a new spiritual creature, being “‘born of the Spirit’” (John 3:6). This is the doctrine of regeneration.
2. Remember: Our holiness only comes from the perfect righteousness of Christ being imputed (counted; credited) to us, and our sins being imputed (counted; credited) to Christ. These biblical truths are also known as “The Great Exchange.” Because we are new creatures in Christ, we are both set apart (holy) in Christ, and the Holy Spirit is conforming us to the image of Christ in our sanctification. One day, we will have new glorious bodies that will be free of sin forever.
3. Rejoice: Without holiness, no one can be in the presence of God and have fellowship with him. Thank your heavenly Father for the new life he has given you in Christ, and strive today to “walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12).
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