I think that the most appropriate place to begin with this blog is to discuss the concept that one must be born again to enter the Kingdom of the Lord. It is considered that we are born into sin through conception, this is discussed in psalm 51:5 which states “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
This is also covered in Psalm 58:3 which says that the wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth speaking lies. In my own studies I have learnt that we did not ask to be born, nor did we ask for the sin that has been put before us although it exists. These sins act as a barrier between us and God. There are a few points also where there is a calling for us to repent our sins and welcome God into our lives.
The first being Matthew 3:2 which calls to us to repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, this means that the Lord is indeed calling to us and wants to welcome us into his Kingdom. Acts 2:38-39 also calls for us to repent, In his sermon on the pentecost Peter says “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for allwho are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.
I wanted to particularly talk about being born again because it was covered in the reading at todays service. It is indeed a well known passage where Nicodemus, a man of the Pharisees came to Jesus. Through this meeting Jesus Christ our Lord spoke of the importance of being born again. Of course for reference (before I continue) the passage comes from John 3:1-21
So Jesus told Nicodemus that unless one is born again, he can not see the Kingdom of Heaven to which Nicodemus questions asking how can this happen when one is old. The reply came back that unless one is born of water and the spirit he can not enter the Kingdom of God. This is followed by an important point; “that which is born of the flesh, is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. This means that when we are baptised in water we no longer walk in the flesh, that part of us is deceased, from that point we walk in the spirit of the Lord.
So through repenting your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and accepting the Holy Spirit you will be entering into the Kingdom. It is important to remember that it is necessary to be born again because we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) It is also considered that through the sins and trespasses you are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1)