This is God’s law, and it applies equally to all!
If you are born only once, of water in natural physical child-birth, then you will of necessity die twice.
Now you may be asking yourself, what exactly is this “second death?”
Well, we find this term “Second Death” used four times in the Bible, it is mentioned in Rev 2:11, Rev 20:6, in Rev. 14, and Rev. 21:8; and in each incident we are taught that this “Second Death” means permanent separation from God!
So according to God’s requirement, if you are born twice, where your second birth is a re-birth into the spiritual realm, then your only death will be of your physical body, which will return to the dust, from which it came.
Your Spirit Man, however, that part of us which is already dead (due to our estrangement and separation from God), will now be made alive, as God gives to each of us a new heart (spirit), as the result of our New Birth experience.
It is this Spirit Man that has been created in the image and likeness of God, and our rebirth is what reunites us with the family of God, for all eternity.
This is what the Bible teaches, and what’s more, this is also the Good News of the Gospel.
It’s not even a matter of God weighing our good deeds in life, against our bad deeds.
The only means of obtaining this second birth, and eternal life, is not through any personal effort, on our part at all; and nor is it through any self worthiness, or holiness either.
In fact, the Bible teaches us that it is not by any works which we do, at all… it is a free gift.
In fact, the Bible tells us that all our human effort to qualify ourselves, no matter how sincerely motivated it is, it will only result in our failure to qualify; because God’s standard and requirement for entry into Heaven is perfection… and there is only one life that was perfect!
Our only access into heaven can be had only one way, and that is through our acceptance and faith in the propitiatory life, death, and resurrection of the Saviour of the World, Jesus Christ. Who is the Passover Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world!
Truly God is an Equal Opportunity God, who has made this free gift of salvation and reconciliation available equally to all men; but only those who have appropriated it, the way God has prescribed, can receive it.
The fact is, even though this awesome gift has been purchased and paid for in full, through the death and resurrection of God’s only begotten Son; and even though it comes free to us by grace, it did not come cheap, and the price necessary to make it possible cost God His all!
That’s why the Bible says for us to count the cost ourselves; because the cost to us will also be our all, in the total and absolute commitment of our free will, and our life for one purpose!
By that I mean, don’t just light-heartedly sign up for something, unless you know what you are committing yourself to; and are willing to commit yourself all the way!
Our 100% commitment is what God requires, and it’s not based on performance either, but only on our sincere effort and faith; and also by our not quitting.
Jesus paid the price in full, which guarantees our acceptance; but we have to appropriate this gift by faith; and that can only happen as we love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and strength; and then are willing to forego ALL of our perceived rights to ourself, to live our life as we please; and are rather willing to commit ourself, with our entire mind, body, and soul, for one purpose… and that is to God’s service.
So make no mistake; Jesus cannot be our Savior, unless He is also first our Lord! Selah
So come join in the adventure… won’t you?
But first, let me invite those of you who have yet to make this decision, and are still wondering if it is necessary… to take a little test.
Check out your Bible for more detailed instructions.