by Dr Gregory Magruder | May 5, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 05/05/19
INTRODUCTION: We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord Jesus appeared to his followers many times over a period of 40 days. During that time Jesus prepared his disciples for something new, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that he would give the Spirit to his followers. We receive the Spirit through a spiritual birth. We read about this is John 3:1-8.
JESUS CONQUERED DEATH AND GIVES ETERNAL LIFE.
*Jesus claimed to be the resurrection and life (John 11:17-27). “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’” (John 11:25).
*The Risen Jesus destroyed death and gave immortality and life. “Our Savior Christ Jesus…abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (1 Timothy 1:10).
*Jesus gives us eternal life. “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12)
THE RISEN LORD GIVES US REGENERATION OR NEW BIRTH.
*Jesus says that to enter heaven we must be born again. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
*The prophets predicted that God’s people would get a new heart. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you…And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules”(Ezekiel 36:26-27).
*We enter the family of God through a spiritual birth from above. “But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
*We are spiritually dead and need regeneration. Regeneration makes us spiritually alive in Christ. “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:1-5).
*Regeneration brings us salvation. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:3-6).
THE RESURRECTION POWER OF JESUS MAKES US A NEW CREATION.
*Jesus Christ makes me a new person inside (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
*The Holy Spirit plants an eternal seed inside my life. “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Peter 1:22-23).
*I can now put off the old nature of sin and self and put on the new nature of Christ (Colossians 3:1-17). “You have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Col. 3:9-10).
*My new life in Christ means that I now can have the mind of Christ.
- I can choose to set my mind on things above (Colossians 3:1-4).
- I can renew my mind (Romans 12:1-2).
- I now have the mind of the Spirit (Romans 5:5-11).
- My life in Christ gives me a spiritually discerning mind (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).
Every follower of Jesus Christ must be born again by the Spirit.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).