Author: Kevin Airrington
October 30, 2018
John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Does Jesus tell Nicodemus he must be born again or is he telling Nicodemus that ALL of us need to be born again? Does it matter?
In John Chapter 3, Jesus is having a conversation with a man named Nicodemus. This is a private conversation between these two men. However, we get to look in on that conversation and learn much from it. Ultimately, while the conversation is between them, from examining the Scripture in the King James Bible we will see clearly that this is meant for all of us and not just Nicodemus.
John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto THEE, YE must be born again.”
When we study the Bible, some of the words used can make it difficult if not impossible to discern who is being spoken too. Thee and Ye matter.
Remember, anything that begins with a T is singular (thee, thou, thine, thy), if it begins in Y it is plural (ye, you, your).
In other readings simply using the word You as with the ESV, NIV, NKJV, et al. “You must be born again.” Here You can mean one person (Nicodemus) or many persons (all of us). With the King James Bible, there is not a question. Ye means everyone.
Who was Nicodemus?
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin and is mentioned Three times in the book of John:
He first visits Jesus one night to discuss Jesus’ teachings (John 3:1–21). Immediately, we see the importance of the meeting and Jesus is direct with Nicodemus and confronts him with the truth that we “must be born again”
We need to pause here and ask, “Why is Nicodemus meeting with Jesus, alone, in the middle of the night?” My suspicion is that Nicodemus was part of a secret band of believers who believed that Jesus was who He said he was. Nicodemus pretty much tells us this in verse two.
We also know from John 3:1 that Nicodemus was a Pharisee and part of the Sanhedrin. At the time of Jesus, two religio-political parties consisted of two parties, The Majority (Sadducees) and the Minority (Pharisees). The two parties made of the Sanhedrin or the Council. (see below for more)
Back to Jesus and Nicodemus… In their conversation, Jesus immediately confronts Nicodemus with the truth that he “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).
Nicodemus comes across incredulous, so Jesus very gently, perhaps reprimands him, telling him that since he is the leader of the Jews he should already know this. (John 3:10) Jesus goes on to give a further explanation of the new birth, and it is in this context that we find (John 3:16), which is one of the most well-known and beloved verses in the Bible.
The next time we encounter Nicodemus in the Bible, he is functioning in his official capacity as a member of the Sanhedrin as they consider what to do about Jesus. (John 7)
The final mention of Nicodemus in the Bible is in John 19 after Jesus’ crucifixion. We find Nicodemus assisting Joseph of Arimathea in Jesus’ burial. Joseph is described in John as a rich man and in Mark 15:43 as a member of the Council. He is also described in John 19:38 as a disciple of Jesus. Here we have two members of the Council, Nicodemus, and Joseph, who are disciples of Jesus, albeit in secret because they were afraid of the Jews. Do you think there may have been others?
At this we have discussed, who was at this secret meeting in John chapter 3. We have determined whom Jesus was speaking about when He told Nicodemus that , “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” We also learned that Nicodemus was a secret follower, among perhaps many followers of Jesus. Nicodemus was part of one of two religio-political parties, he was Pharisee, the minority party within the Council or the Sanhedrin.
We should also state that the Sanhedrin was the supreme theocratic court of the Jews. The Sanhedrin’s authority was broad and far-reaching, involving legislation, administration, and justice. There was religious, civil, and criminal jurisdiction.
The History of the “Born Again” Doctrine
There exists extra-Biblical literature of the Born-Again Doctrine. The earliest references or inferences to a new birth at the resurrection may be found in literature in the first few centuries after Christ. Many “Church Fathers” and 1st Century writers referred to the Doctrineof being Born again.
“Born again Christians base their faith on receiving the Lord through the Holy Spirit for a deeper acceptance of Jesus Christ.”
As we know from our text, the “born again” and rebirth of Christ in a person can be traced to John 3:3-7 in the Bible. Christ gave a very simple explanation of being born again, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
In the 19th Century, the Born-Again Doctrine really took root during the Charismatic Pentecostal moving. Although it existed in the 1st Century. The Born-Again Movement was accelerated with the “Jesus movement” in the early 1970s.
The Doctrine of Being Born Again
Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not speak directly of it at all, though without directly naming it, they supply supporting information. Also, the epistles of Paul, Peter, and especially John that main branches of this doctrine make appearances.
As we begin, it is helpful for us to perceive the wide treatment of figures John uses to prepare us for how he uses them to support the various elements of this important, foundational doctrine. John begins using symbolism immediately in John 1, identifying Jesus as the Word, the central Figure in God’s spiritual work in men’s behalf. He continues, speaking of light, darkness, baptism, the Lamb of God, and the Temple, among others, before the reader arrives at John 3.
Let’s look at the imagery in John 2:18-22. “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…” This is regarding the Temple and it is especially interesting because it immediately precedes Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus on being born again. You will remember that the Jews immediately reject the teaching, being it is a physical impossibility. And indeed, it is impossible. And this is the same reason Nicodemus rejected Jesus. It is just not possible…when we look with our physical eyes (there is a whole new lesson here). a2
Remember in John 4, the woman at the well (verses 7-15), immediately jumps to her own understanding, who own conclusion that Jesus is speaking of water, and again in John 4:31-38, even Jesus’ disciples fail to grasp that spiritual significance of food.
Jesus’ “eat my flesh, drink my blood.” What kind of sick cult do you guys belong to? John 6:32-63 Jesus’ Manna discourse brings about an image that is so offensive that even some of His followers left Him. We can see a constant failure through the entire book where others fail to grasp the meaning. Like Nicodemus, man have misunderstood being Born-Again.
As children of God we must recognize that must look at John 3 in a spiritual sense. This is very important for our spiritual lives and our growth. John 3:5 makes no mistake, UNLESS WE ARE BORN AGAIN WE WILL NOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD! Jesus is teaching that, besides being born a biological birth, begotten of our mother, we must also experience a supernatural, spiritual birth.
We must recognize that this spiritualizing continues in John 3. In fact, for the children of God, it not only continues, but it also increases exponentially in terms of its importance to their spiritual lives! It is an unvarnished truth that only those who are born again will see and enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).
Jesus is teaching that, besides one’s biological birth, one must also experience a supernatural, spiritual birth. This is important, a Christian is not just biologically begotten, but born and likewise there is no such thing as a non-born-again Christian!
The Importance of being Born-Again
Jesus starts out by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee”. This is a clear instruction that what I (Jesus) am about to say next is significantly important and you need to pay attention here. The weight of what Jesus was saying was paramount to believers entering into Heaven. Don’t misunderstand me, it is not important that we understand every last detail of this critical doctrine in order to be saved. Although a deeper understanding helps us to grasp all that God has for us.
God sees us as His children, already party of His Family and we are able to function as adults before Him in this world. It also shows Him that we are a new creation on a spiritual journey, by which we will grow in grace and knowledge of Christ and we will be transformed into His image! Hallelujah!!!
Being born-again also teaches us how we should look at ourselves once we become a Christian. We are not who we once were; spiritually dead to God and all He has for us…but now we are ALIVE in Christ and heirs of the throne, free from spiritual bondage, and we are left to be able to pursue the holy, righteous character of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus reveals how special we are to God, and that we are responsible for all that we have been given, unlike the rest of the world.
In Ephesians 2:1-6, the apostle Paul reveals a major detail of why a spiritual birth is necessary:
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
Twice, Paul says in these six verses that we “were dead”—not physically dead but spiritually dead. An individual cannot conduct his life before he is born, nor can a dead person direct his steps and regulate his life. Clearly, God perceives a person as spiritually dead before he is born again. Being born again thus begins a convert’s progress toward his transformation into Christ’s image and living in the Kingdom of God for all eternity.
By Kevin Airrington
One day we were sitting around discussing languages. I asked him what the German words were for different English swear words. What else? 🙂 Ironically there was a German equivalent for every English word except one.
The F Word…Helmut tells me proudly with a hideous laugh, “we say it in English!”
So, what makes one word a swear word…and others not? We even have replacement, or our generic swear words that aren’t really swearing, only…yes, it is. We think by changing a few letters we are not actually saying the word in our mind…or somehow when we say frig that God doesn’t know what we mean? Wow, we smart we fool da crea’er of universe!
It really doesn’t matter who decided certain words we’re swear words or even that certain words are swear words. The fact is they are…and in any language, these are still cuss words.
And if not, like my friend Helmut, we will just pick a swear word in another language.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 in the time tested good il’ King James Bible, The Apostle Paul tells us to, “Abstain from all APPEARANCE of evil.”
Modern trash gives us the biggest, “well duh” moment, “Abstain from every form of evil.”. Well duh…of course we are to shun evil…but Paul actually took it a step further. He said to avoid the appearance of evil. The modern versions water down the Gospel and may be the very reason we are in this mess.
The Bible could not be clearer about sin…
James 5:12 – “But above all things, my brethren, swear not…”
Ephesians 5:4 – “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”
Matthew 12:34-37, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. ”
Proverbs 4:24 – “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”
Proverbs 8:13 – “The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Leviticus 19:12 – “And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD.
Ephesians 4:29 – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…”
So, now that I have shown you that your foul mouth is sinful. What are you going to do about it? Here is comes…”BLANK OFF!!! Don’t judge me.”
In your stammering and feigning innocence, now you are adding the sins of deception and deflection to Strong Language. I guess my mother was right, one sin does lead to another. And we shouldn’t use bad words.
When I hear a Christian swear I just cringe. In this society of if it feels good do it…we ignore Psalm 101:3 – “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”. As we do the entire Bible. And let me just bookend this for you. Colossians 3:2 – “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
You see it’s cool these days to be a Christian who swears. It gives the curser an “I’m into Jesus, but I’m not legalistic” badge.
The problem is we are desensitized to swearing, public nudity, public sex…we are away from God. I said a moment ago that I cringe when I hear so called Christians swear. What’s worse is hearing someone take my Lord’s Name, a Name above all other names in vain. That’s right…MY LORD! Because if you do this…He is not your Lord. You and your OM- in your text! It used to hurt me…now it makes me angry.
Someone, I will not mention either parties name because I believe the perpetrator has repented. But someone called me and said, “Kevin, listen to this hateful message left on my machine.”. And they were quite noticeably upset —- shaky voice, crying, etc. I listened to about a two-minute message of an angry person…every other word profanity…and then they say said F you! And more insults, adjectives and swear words come out…and they ended with these words, in a calm. voice, almost sounded like a different person they say, “God bless you, I love you.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I’m not even going to comment further…we all know or should know.
The other day, someone asked me, “Kevin, the other day I hurt myself and a swear word just slipped out. Was that a sin?”
First of all the Bible declares that, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23. And I may not swear, and the more you read your Bible, the more you pray, the closer you get to God, the more you declare war on sin and swearing…
Micah 3:8 – “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.”
… profanity will not leave your lips. Does that mean that I am sinless? No way…I struggle with my own sin….but not deliberately and I try not to sin. So, while they sinned when they swore, and I asked them, ” did it just come out or is swearing part of your vocabulary?”
They assured me that it just slipped…so, while sin…sin we can repent of and ask God to help us not to sin. In Psalm 119:11, the author, probably David in his Prayer for Help, he says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
READ HIS WORD…the more we read it the less we sin. It’s a fact my friend!
But until you declare and as the Hebrew writer… probably Paul declares, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” – Hebrews 12:4
So, until we resist sin with our whole being and declare war against Satan and all of Hell…we will always struggle with sin.
Now, if you are a new convert or you just “slip” once in a while…then you are probably saved…but need to apply Hebrews 12:4 and Psalm 119:11 and we’ll actually…the whole Bible…until you do…you will never have VICTORY in your life.
However, and someone isn’t going to like this but I must be obedient…if your swearing is out of hand, part of your daily vocabulary and you make no effort to resist the devil…and as my mother used to say…one sin leads to another and I will bet that if swearing is part of your normal vocabulary…you have more sin. Probably a potato sack full of sin …and YOU ARE NOT SAVED! Meaning, and let me be clear…
Isaiah 59:1-5, 11-13 (read the whole chapter)
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, that he will not hear…
We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt…”
Our sin…our deliberate sin separates us from God and if that is you then you are going to HELL…forever and ever. And listen, forever is a long time my friend.
Finally, we, mere mortal humans measure sin and classify it. Some sin or this sin…MY SIN is not that bad…but oh my goodness look at his sin…I’m not that bad.
God looks at sin. Period. Period. Yes, the double period is for emphasis. I heard Joe Biden do that and I thought it was cool. 🙂 So, to God swearing is just as bad as lying and sexual. Sin, although sexual sin is the ONLY SIN God tells us to flee or run from, but you see to God sexual sin is no worse than cussing. “Oh, come on.” You gasp! Don’t look at me, I didn’t write the Book.
Should a child rapist go to Hell? Sure…I think we would all agree on that. Should you go to Hell for swearing? God says, ABSOLUTELY! And don’t forget what my mother used to say
Romans 6:12,23 Gives a strong warning.
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof…For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
But ends with encouraging words. My friend do not be angry with me. Stop sinning…stop cussing. IF YOU CUSS YOU DO NOT BELONG TO GOD.
“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Romans 6 – “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
There, that’s good news…and incentive not to cuss. I hope as Paul says…you are ashamed. And I have just shined a big bright flashlight, you know one of those uber cool police flashlights, super bright with like 50 million LEDs.
If you say, “yup, that’s me and I am ashamed, ashamed for not abstaining from all APPEARANCE of EVIL. I am ashamed of my sin and I need the blood of Jesus to cleanse me and help me never to swear again. Acts 3:19… Repent and turn from your side no sin. May God bless you and yours.
How to know if your “brother” or “sister” is saved or not.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”, Matthew 7:21
I believe that there is probably no other Scripture in the entire 66 books of the Bible that is as tragic as this one.
The whole truth of the matter is that there will be people, a good many people, that stand before the Lord, assuming they are about to enter into the Glory of the Lord, the long-awaited reward…HEAVEN. Only these poor tragic souls will be told they’re on their way to hell. This is just reality folks. I am so sorry to tell you this. Can you imagine a worst possible illusion that you can have, one BIG mistake about your everlasting destiny? Can you imagine, for a moment with me, in that moment to be mistaken about your salvation?
I’m often asked the question, “Are Roman Catholics Christians (Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, pick one)?” And I will turn it around and ask, “Do you think Protestants are just naturally Christians?” What about this one, “Are evangelicals necessarily Christians?” “But more important than any of these questions; Are you a Christian?” Now, believe they will not want to embarrass themselves any more than they have and they will always say, “Yes, yes I am a Christian.”
This tragedy would make a Shakespearean play tragedy of tragedies blush! Sadly, it will occur and it does occur and it will continue to occur that someone would sit in church and end up saying, “But, Lord, but, Lord,” only to hear, “Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.”
Don’t you know my friend that, Christianity is filled with people in all kinds of religious activities? The church programs, etc. Just think of all the Christian organizations, there’s no end to them. With all of this confusion, with every shingle on every counselor’s door, every church building and crisis center will say, “Christian or Jesus”, how can we tell if someone is a Christian? Is it really that important to know if so and so is really saved?
Wouldn’t a better question to ask is if you are saved? Yes, that is a great question. Please see my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”
For now, how can we tell if someone is a Christian? Because he or she says they are? Because their Pastor says they are? Maybe they have one of them REALLY BIG BIBLES. Or maybe they own Jones & Smith Christian Counseling. Or maybe their Band is a Christian Rock Band called, I AM A ROCK!
Well, let’s get into it and see if we can figure this out.
Jesus tells us that there are two ways to know if someone is saved, that is if they are going to Heaven when they die. This is important, I will explain why later.
- They have LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
- BY THEIR FRUIT (what fruit? I’ll tell you in a second.) Matthew 7:16, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
What FRUIT? The Fruits of the Spirit (big S…Holy Spirit) ….are these 9 things evident in their lives?
FRUIT (beneficial results):
LOVE (Love is the greatest gift God can give. This love is not a feeling, but a choice. It is the choice to be kind, to sacrifice, to consider another’s needs greater than one’s own (Philippians 2:3). Agape is used in all of the “hard” love verses in the New Testament. God’s children are the conduits of His love, as they are empowered by the Holy Spirit.)
JOY (Joy is the natural reaction to the work of God, whether promised or fulfilled. we have joy because of God’s grace. The next step in the progression is to allow our joy to become an action as we express it, although sometimes joy can be so great it is inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8). Possessing joy is a choice. We choose whether to value God’s presence, promises, and work in our lives. When we yield to the Spirit, He opens our eyes to God’s grace around us and fills us with joy (Romans 15:13). Joy is not to be found in a fallen world; it is only fellowship with God that can make our joy complete (1 John 1:4). )
PEACE (God’s methods of warfare are not what we expected. Instead of a battle, He sent us the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus’ goal in coming to earth was more than simply to cease hostilities; He came to bring about a full and abiding relationship of restoration and love. The cost of this peace was His life (Isaiah 53:5). Just as we cannot force another to be at peace with us, even Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross did not ensure that we would accept His terms of peace. The Spirit-filled Christian has a peace that is abundant, available in every situation, and unlike anything that the world has to offer (John 14:27). The alternative to being filled with the Spirit and His peace is to be filled with alarm, filled with doubt, filled with foreboding, or filled with dread. How much better to let the Spirit have control and perform His work of growing fruit to the glory of God!)
LONGSUFFERING (Having patience in spite of your troubles. Patience comes from a position of power. A person may have the ability to take revenge or cause trouble, but patience brings self-restraint and careful thinking. Losing patience is a sign of weakness. The opposite of patience is agitation, discouragement, and a desire for revenge. God does not want His children to live in agitation but in peace (John 14:27). He wants to dispel discouragement and replace it with hope and praise (Psalm 42:5). We are not to avenge ourselves; rather, we are to love others (Romans 12:19; Leviticus 19:18).)
Gentleness (Might restrained. Humility and grace, to be gentle is to recognize that God’s ways and thoughts are high above our own. we will correct others with easiness instead of arguing in resentment and anger, knowing that their salvation is far more important than our pride. Quick to forgive.)
GOODNESS (virtue and holiness in action, desire to be a blessing, uprightness of heart and life. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. Giving to the poor, providing for one’s children, visiting the sick, volunteering to clean up after a storm, and praying for an enemy. Expressions of goodness are as varied as the Spirit is creative.)
FAITH (strong belief in God, complete trust in God. Faithfulness is believing that God is who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work out everything for good. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven. We are called to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).)
MEEKNESS (Meekness is a valuable and important fruit and requires much study. Putting God first in all things. Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the corrective blows of a friend as precious (Proverbs 27:6). Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then, because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, our frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, our health. James says, in this quiet confidence we are slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). We become reasonable and open to correction (James 3:17). James calls this the “meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). Meekness is so important that it is the third characteristic Jesus mentions in His foundational teaching, the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Obviously, the world’s ideal of the perfect man is very different from His. The meek are among those so favored that they will share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth. Three people in the Bible are specifically described as being meek: Jesus (Mt 11:29)
(Mt 21:5), Paul (2 Cor 10:1), and Moses (Num 12:3). Each of these men was amongst the most persecuted men in the Bible. MEEKNESS IS A SIGN TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD THAT CHRIST IS IN US. Meekness does indeed require much study.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus links meekness with lowliness: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle [meek, KJV] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Ephesians 4:1-3 states:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness [meekness, KJV], with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The King James version is correct, as the Greek text uses prautes. “Gentle” and “gentleness” are incorrect because in this context they are only an aspect of the meekness we should express in our dealings with others.
Godly meekness cannot be divorced from its association with gentleness. However, this gentleness is not usually seen in the situations where the Bible’s writers use meekness. Notice II Corinthians 10:1: “Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.” Here, meekness appears with gentleness, as though a similarity exists alongside a specific difference.
This does not mean the meek will take everything “lying down.” Notice Moses, who as we have seen, was the meekest man of his time. He did not hesitate to order the execution of about three thousand of the idolaters who worshipped the Golden Calf while he was with God on the mountain (Exodus 32:25-28). Against evil, this meek man was as stern as steel.
A meek person will feel the wrong done against him and feel it bitterly. But because he is not thinking of himself, his meekness does not allow his spirit to give vent to a hateful, savage and vindictive anger that seeks to “get even.” He will instead be full of pity for the damaged character, attitudes and blindness of the perpetrator. From the stake Jesus uttered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
A Valuable Fruit
This much misunderstood and maligned virtue is the antidote for most of the nervous anxiety that is greatly intensifying the normal day-to-day stresses of life. God commands us in Zephaniah 2:3:
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility [meekness, KJV]. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
How valuable is that blessing?
There is more:
The poor [meek, KJV] shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! (Psalm 22:26)
Further, “The Lord lifts up the humble (meek, KJV); He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6).
The humble [meek, KJV] also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:19).
This is not a virtue to ignore because carnal men consider it a weakness. It may appear to them as weakness, but the spiritual reality is that it is great strength, an attribute of Almighty God and a fruit of His Spirit we greatly need.)
Temperance (abstinence from alcoholic drink, or self-control, self-restraint in all things. Temperance is the ability to control oneself. It involves moderation, constraint, and the ability to say “no” to our baser desires and fleshly lusts. Believers need self-control because the outside world and internal forces still attack (Romans 7:21-25). Like a vulnerable city, we must have defenses. A wall around an ancient city was designed to keep out the enemy.)
I BELIEVE THAT GOD DIDN’T JUST PUT WORDS IN HIS WORD TO FILL UP SPACE. EACH WORD, UNLIKE MY RAMBLINSG ?, EACH WORD HAS SPECIFIC MEANING AND VALUE. Jesus taught us how to separate the sheep from the goats…the sinner bound for hell and the Christian saved by Grace on his way to Glory because of Christ’s finished work upon the cross.
Why is it so important that Jesus made sure we knew how to tell if someone was a Christian? I believe that answer is simple and to the point.
Ephesians 4:14, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
In order to protect us. It is one thing to be a Christian and yet and entirely different thing to say we are a Christian. If someone says they are a Christian…and they preach a gospel…and they are not saved, you will be blown to and fro…confused with the knowledge of the true gospel. Remember, GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION, 1 Corinthians 14:33, BUT THE AUTHOR OF PEACE.
Colossians 2:8, Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
I have seen the face of mental illness. I have seen what it is like when people are unable to hear God because their minds are broken and cannot seem to connect to God even when they want to connect to God. And I know whatever gets your mind gets you. So one of the most important things we need to learn and teach others is how to guard, strengthen, and renew our minds because the battle for sin always starts in the mind.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
It is important to know God’s Word, be in prayer. The Bible says that if any man lack wisdom to ask for it. James 1:5 We must know we are saved and we must have confidence in our salvation. See my essay, “How to Know You Are a Christian: Ten Ways To Keep The Devil From Barking.”
Even though they are in church many people are uncertain of their salvation. Some denominations teach that you can lose your salvation. Some Christians believe they can lose their salvation. Some teach and others believe you can’t lose your salvation. Which is it and if it be so, how to keep from losing your salvation.
How can you be sure that you are a Christian? Here are 10 true Christian values that will keep the devil from barking and you can rest assured that you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, working in you, which provide solid, biblical evidence that you are a Christian and that you can know that you are saved. On the other hand, we may prove that even though you think you are saved, that you are not, even though you truly desire to be saved.
Let’s get to the truth and at the end, I promise that either way, if you want to be saved, you will be and you will have confidence that you are. On the other hand, if you read my thesis and decide, nahhh, I’m fine, who cares, you will not be saved and you will know why. Why in the world would you want to read my poorly written essay if you had no desire to be saved? ?
See you next time, may God bless you and yours,
Rev. Kevin Airrington
The Bible Rescue Co.
Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
January 30, 2017
Sin is sin and sin bites…u repentant sin will send you straight to Hell. There is simple no such thing as a little boy saved
A little bit pregnant…get the point? Either you love Jesus…you have been forgiven and you are on your way to Heaven or you are playing church…you continue in your sin and he’ll awaits you!
This is the truth my beloved. They is no such thing as a white lie…there is no such thing as taking something that does not belong to you and saying you will pay them Tuesday…there is no such thing as I don’t hate them I just don’t care for them…and on and on.
Hell is real…unrepentant sinners will have everlasting life in this place of torment and suffering.
The devil is a liar and a deceiver…”yeah hath God said….” Did He? Well hold on you …i don’t trust you…so ima checking.
This the Bible calls judgement is coming faster than we think…and if we don’t make haste boy will it all be a waste!
Satan fooled a naive woman…a woman of some wisdom for she lived on this earth some 100 years…he also fooled a man…a man too week…too focused on the physical beauty…the warmth of her body next to his clouded his mine…
But why? Listen…Adam quite possibly was the smartest man to have ever lived. I have given this a lot of thought…
First he came from God Almighty!
El Gibbor – THE MIGHTY GOD – Is a 9:6
El Haggdol – THE GREAT GOD – Deut 10:17
El Hannora – THE AWESOME GOD – Neh. 9:32
El Vegas – ONE GOD – Mal 2:10
El Olam – THE EVERLASTING GOD – Gen 21:33, Ps 90:1-3, 93:2, Isa 26:4
El De’Ot – THE GOD OF KNOWLEDGE – 1 Sam 2:3
Gen 1:17 & 2:7 ADAM WAS MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE! He formed him from the dust of the ground and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils and he became a living soul. THE NESHAMA CHAIYIM – THE BREATH OF THE SPIRIT LIVES.
God created Adam & Eve fully functioning young adults. They were not tossed in the garden of Eden with their diapers on and a bag of seeds and given instructions they could not understand.
First day…they could:
1) communicate- complex language skills
2) name all the animals
3) no what sex was
4) Adam did not see God make Eve…but he trusted God.
So this man, Adam…who came straight from ELOHIM (Gen 1:1 – Gen 2:7). Had a brain full of wisdom and knowledge…yet for a brief moment sex, lust and the beauty becomes his ELOHIM! It becomes his idol. It would not be for sometime later that GOD would write in a rock with his very own finger, “THOU SHALL NOT HAVE ANY OTHER gods BEFORE ME!”
The very first commandment! As intelligent as Adam was…he was still able to destroy the very first commandment – even before it was written down.
There punishment? God throws the man & the woman out of the garden of Eden…and send angels with flaming swords to keep them out!
Sin will keep you from Heaven. SIN EATS AT YOU LIKE A MAGOT EATING STINKING ROTTING FLESH!
Sin does not care if you are the smartest man on the planet or the most beautiful. It will find you…it will do its work on you and ultimately sweetheart you WILL pay the ultimate price!
But all I did was smoke a ?. Yes, that’s all you did. All Adam did was choose the beauty of his drop dead gorgeous wife over God all MIGHTY. All Adam did was blow his testimony in front of his wife…all the while a stinking snake in a clever disguise of deception and deceit laughed and carried on knowing that Adam was one step closer to hell.
Was it with it? Thrown from paradise? WAS IT WORTH IT? Well all I did was…all I said was…
Is it a sin to cause your brother to stumble?
1 Thess 5:22
1 Pet 5:8
1 Cor 8:9,13
STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!
IF YOUR PREACHER WONT TELL YOU I WILL!
I have had it! I cannot keep silent no longer.
Rev. Kevin Airrington
There is way too much cursing on television these days.
I remember when George Jefferson saying H-E-L-L in the 70?s was a big, huge deal. Watch prime time television and you will see times have certainly changed. I’ve seen folks cursing on television (the real curse words) and pray right after! *Whew* That is a comment from godsygirl.com. She is right, I have heard EVERY WORD. F…S…and the one that makes my blood boil GD! Praying right after is great but let me ask you this, “Why in God’s name would you invite garbage into your living room that you would not do via your television?” It’s just a question. 🙂
The problem is we have become desensitized to sin. Now, I am a big boy and the rule at the Airrington house is, “NO RATED R MOVIES!” Have I watched rated R movies…well of course I have. But, I have also walked out of a theater, wasting the 60 bucks on tickets, popcorn etc. I have heard Christians and pretenders say, “I just ignore it.” I’m sorry how can you ignore a bunch of F BOMBS and people taking MY LORDS NAME IN VAIN!!!! or “It don’t really bother me that much!” This one is very revealing. This “Christian”, probably a PRETENDER uses profanity on a regular bases. I guarantee it.
I have a very dear brother…and I say that with all sincerity. He is a dear brother. Before we go to movies together…I check with Focus On The Families Online Movie Review Guide: PLUGGED IN. My brother is in the category of, “I just ignore the bad language.” I have known him for about 20 years and I have never heard him swear. Together we try and pick movies with little swearing (almost IMPOSSIBLE)
Although, I don’t think he knew he was doing this at the time but my cousin Rob Rossi paid me a compliment awhile back. First you have to understand we are different. We love each other…we get along (most days)…but we are different. We have different values, we raise our families different…not wrong just different. I am what some might call a man of God and he is what some might call a man of Busch Beer. smile emoticon
One day Rob says, “Cuz…” That’s what he calls me when he has something real special to say to me. smile emoticon “Cuz…I see a lot of Christians they do this and they do that and they swear like I do but you don’t and that impresses me.” Now, if my cousin says he is impressed you better listen up because he don’t hand out the compliments often. This doesn’t mean he is a bad guy…he just don’t compliment often. And in spite of what some people may call a flaw in his character…I think he is a pretty nice guy…
My first thought was to use an old Billy Graham line in a 20/20 interview years ago with Barbara Walters…He said, “I am no better, I just repent daily.” And I do, believe me. But that almost sounds a like, “I am better than you.”
I too notice a lot people who claim to be Christians…make no issue of letting the profanity fly. I am not talking about your slip here and there (Although this is questionable as well)…but they swear like it is a part of their vocabulary. What? Christian you are not in control of your mouth? Then who is? The Bible warns us not to be under the control of anything, except the Holy Ghost.
The Bible is clear…swearing is a sin.
The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). It is furthermore described as imaginations of the unrenewed heart (Genesis 6:5; 8:21), defiling (Proverbs 30:12; Isaiah 59:3), disgraceful (Proverbs 14:34), and unrighteous (1 John 5:17), among other things.
Jesus specifically taught that what comes out of a man’s mouth is evidence of what is in his heart. Luke 6:45
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.“
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” John MacArthur has written of this verse, “The word for ‘corrupt’ refers to that which is foul or rotten, such as spoiled fruit or putrid meat. Foul language of any sort should never pass a Christian’s lips, because it is totally out of character with his new life in Christ.”
1 Peter 3:10 says, “For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
This bears repeating in case you went to sleep on me. The Bible speaks loud and clear on the issue of cussing. The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). We can conclude that from the Biblical definition of sin, our overview of cursing and Scripture’s many expressions on the use of our tongue is without question a sin to curse. As Christians, we are expected to rest on the promises of God, “cleansing ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Cursing is contrary to resting on God’s promises for it is a failure to follow the Lord’s greatest commandments–to love God and to love people (Matthew 22:37-40). When we curse an individual, we do not love people; and when we curse God, we do not love Him. And if you tale the Lord MY GOD’s Name in vain…that is using His name as a curse word. Holy S., GD, Jesus Christ (as a cuss word)…this is very serious!!!
Now, this is gonna sting. I believe if you are not in control of your tongue, then you probably are not saved. Jesus gives us two examples of how to determine if someone is a Christian. I believe He means for us to know the difference. He said you will know them by their love and you will know them by their fruits. How can you show love to someone when you curse them or God? And how can you have good fruit if your are producing what John McArthur calls spoiled fruit or putrid meat.
I do not cuss because it does not please my Lord. Not because I repent daily…who cares…I mean not who cares because I do repent daily…but I don’t swear because I know that it does not PLEASE JESUS. Nowhere do we have a record of Jesus swearing. Are we not Christians? Doesn’t that mean to be Christlike?
So, Kevin, I have trouble with my tongue am I going to Hell. Well, maybe, however, we are all guilty of breaking the law. All 10 commandments. You say, “I never committed adultery.” Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust you have committed adultery. Well I never murdered. 1 John 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” We have all lied, stolen, etc.
We are all guilty of breaking the law. Thankfully, God became a man nd he dwelt among us and then died on a tree and on the third day rose again…God forgives us of our sins through the redemption found only in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He is just to forgive sins if we confess them. If you have trouble with your tongue…repent! Get right with God. Ask the Holy Ghost to be in control of your mouth. What a terrible example…an ambassador of Christ you are spewing swear words!
Listen you cannot convinced me heaven is your home if you cannot control your tongue…so listen up!!! Please…I am trying to warn you not judge you.
Be sure and Like and share if this message touched you. Also, if you Love Jesus…tell someone about Him today.
P.S. Many of you know me…and understand how at times I use shock value to get my post read. This is only because I feel it is important. I apologize if it was offensive to anyone.
Here I am, your loving Savior, Jesus the Christ
Just like I promised I would be
I will never forsake nor leave you iced
I’m your best friend
Just like you want me to be
I loved you so much that I died for you in the end
Did you think that your Savior would stand here and lie to you
As your moment begins passing you by
Oh I am here daughter of mine just say the words, say I do
I am waiting for your change of heart
It just takes a single beat
To turn your heart around to make a fresh start
Yes I’m waiting for your change of heart
At the edge of my seat, holding my breath
Please turn around and you will see the Son of Man with His arms wide apart
I will embrace you and forgive every transgression, I will
You are leaving me with a hunger for that special closeness we once shared
The clock ticks and then days go by
The pain I feel is driving the nails back in, I thought you cared
Don’t you see, I want you to fly
Back to when you were in love with me
When tender moments bring you back to my Word and you’ll never ask why.
And then the world lied to you and is still deceiving you
While your Savior stands here waiting for you
Waiting for your change of heart…that will be my queue
As long as you hear the world
You cannot hear my voice
All of your thoughts will be twirled
You may wonder who you will disappoint
It is me that you have already disappointed
What you need is a turning point.
The blind leading the blind
Never hear my laughter…never feel my touch
Searching through eternity you are going to lose your mind
Nothing reveals the answer, I have always been the answer
If its truth that you’re looking to find
It is nowhere other than in me and the whole world is a cancer
I will wait for you my daughter
Although with each breath you take your heart grows harder
Waiting for your change of heart…I will give you water.
Your King and Your God… I love you, Jesus