About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
On December 5, 2023, at
3:49 A M eastern standard time, I became a grandfather for the first time
in my seventy-two year life. My
first-born son's wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
From conception to birth, it's miraculous, and that reminds me of
another miracle birth that doesn't get the attention it once did.
I recall my dad and his generation of Free
Methodists preaching "you must be born again." Do
you remember John 3:5?
"Jesus answered, 'Very
truly I tell you, no one can enter the
believe Jesus was comparing this spiritual birth via the Spirit with our
natural birth via water. As a
mother's water breaks over a pre-born ushering in a human birth, so the Father's Spirit
breaks on a person ushering in a spiritual birth.
This spiritual birth is as real as the natural birth.
You become a new creation, someone you have never been.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads:
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (KJV)
Everyone will recognize
your newly created self by the godly fruit in your life, fruit of ministry
that benefits all who partake. This
fruit proves you are a real Christian, as Jesus told us.
Matthew 7:20 reads:
by their fruit you will recognize them."
wouldn't a spiritual birth be fruitfully productive?
You will have been united in Spirit with the Almighty Creator God,
as 1 Corinthians 6:17 reads.
whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit."
Only when God's Spirit
enters you do you become a Christian, a newly born creation.
Romans 8:9 reads:
"You, however, are
not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if
indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the
Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."
A Christian is one who
has had a miraculous moment in his or her life.
It's a new birth resulting in being reborn into someone he or she
has never been, and then, begins the process of maturing into spiritual
adulthood. Just as we expect a
newly born baby to mature into a healthy productive adult, we should also
expect a newly born Christian to mature into a healthy productive
spiritual adult, but that's not always the case these days.
Why are there so many unhealthy, immature, and unproductive people
calling themselves Christian? Might
they have simply adopted a Biblical belief system?
That is not the new birth. It's not being born again.
My dad and his generation of Free Methodists were Biblically
correct when they preached "you must be born again."