... A Short Illustration
Once there was a man whose home caught on fire, while working in his home office. An observant neighbor, saw the flames and upon entering the house, burst into his room and shouted, "Your house is on fire!" Continuing right along with his work, the man replied, "Ok. I believe you." Soon, this man perished amidst the flames his neighbor warned him of.
Across town, a similar event occurred. But when this man heard the warning against the flames of fire, and believed, he dashed out of his burning home with his neighbor who had warned him, ...and lived. (end illustration)
What does it mean then to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [Acts 16:31]? It certainly means more than a head knowledge that the man Jesus, lived about two-thousand years ago, that he died and rose again. Even the devil knows and believes that to be true [James 2:19]. What Paul was telling the Phillipian Jailer in Acts chapter 16:31, was to have faith in the Gospel of Christ Jesus and act on that faith.
The Lord Jesus taught us, about being born again-
Upon believing His words to the point of acting on our faith, we will seek to find out the meaning of being what being born-again means, and ask Almighty God to grant that it be so in our lives . If we truly believe Christ's words when He said-
...then we will seek to obey Jesus as Lord and repent of our sins. This comes by grace through faith, however it is important to realize ahead of time the sacrifice involved in believing on Christ to the point of forsaking the world and our own ungodly flesh. This point may be best illustrated by this rarely preached on passage of scripture, spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself-
 The actual rebirth is of God, as He is the one who gives the miraculous gift of His Holy Spirit. In other words, it is not an act that you can accomplish by your own effort, as noone ever gives birth to themselves. However, to be Born-again *is something which you can pray to your heavenly Father for, in the name of Jesus to receive.
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|Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 12/16/2004 7:39PM|