Nicodemus RebornPublished in the December 2011 issue of Faithlink, the magazine of Faith Methodist Church
Do Christians believe in reincarnation? The Bible says that man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Therefore, there is NO rebirth again and again. However, Christians believe in being “born again”. Jesus said that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again (John 3:3). This raises the question, “How can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born?”
“For God so loved the world thatThe Bible also tells us that “… to all who did receive him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent … but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)
All his life, Nicodemus taught others that they could earn God’s approval by following a list of rules. And now Jesus turned the tables by explaining that man simply needs to believe in Him to be born again that is born of God to become His children. This means that you have to abandon all attempts to become good or righteous to earn favor with God. Instead, you need to be willing to accept the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life offered by Jesus. When Jesus became a man, He came not to condemn man but as a Savior to provide the way of salvation for sinners. However, when He comes back a second time He will come as the Judge of all men.
Nicodemus was faced with a dilemma. Should he seek acceptance by his peers or acceptance by God? You too have to choose whom you believe? Will you believe that Jesus came to die for your sins? Sin is anything that we think, say or do that breaks God’s laws. According to the Bible, Jesus died for our sins and was buried but three days later, He came back to life. Jesus appeared first to His disciples; after that He was seen by more than 500 people at the same time (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). And without dying again, He went back to Heaven, where He is today.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, He can give you a new life. So when a man believes in Jesus, he is forgiven of his sins and is born again (to become a child of God) making fellowship (friendship) with God possible. But if he chooses to reject Jesus then he chooses to stand before God on the basis of what he has done (instead of what Jesus had done on the cross). And he will be condemned because all his works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Will you believe in Jesus?
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