At one stage in our lives, we all have to take a very important decision which is to accept the free gift of life that Jesus Christ gives to us through God’s plan of salvation. To be saved means to be “born again”. To be “born again” literally means “to be reborn from above”. This new birth brings spiritual transformation. This is an act of God through which eternal life is imparted into the individual who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Everyone is born into sin by virtue of our descent from Adam. We are considered spiritually dead until we have this new birth which comes when we accept the substitutional work of Christ Jesus on the cross. Jesus Christ first spoke about being born again in His conversation with Nicodemus.
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
God gave us His only begotten Son so that through Him we all can be saved and reconciled with Him (John 3:16). The Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). The sin of Adam alone makes all men unclean hence salvation is God’s redemptive path to deliver us from the judgments and punishments of sin.
You can do everything right and still not make it to heaven if you are not born again by having not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).
Why must you be Born Again
There are several reasons why you must be born again.
What can you do to be Born Again
Apostle Paul offers a route to salvation:
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Here are simple steps to salvation:
By doing this you are on your way to experiencing God’s power of salvation and the transformation which brings you closer to Him and His grace. As you consider making this decision, remember that it is appointed unto man to die once after which there is judgment. You do not have “forever” to make
up your mind.
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
Make a decision NOW by praying this meaningfully with a personal conviction
“My heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner because I was born into sin.I am also unworthy and undeserving of your love. Jesus, Your Son took away my sins when He died on the cross to give me another opportunity. I confess boldly that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Saviour of my life.
In His death, I died and in His resurrection, I resurrected with Him into a new life. Cleanse my heart and my soul with His blood. I accept Him into my life to guide me from today and enable me live holy and acceptably. Holy Spirit, come into my life, strengthen me and cause me to break away from the bondage of sin that leads to death.
Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name.
After praying the sinners prayer, you are now “born again” and a new life begins in Christ. This new life needs a commitment to put away the “old life”. To do this you need to be discipled, mentored and pastored through the word of God.
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
When you confess the Lordship of Christ over your life and are saved, it is an inward experience which no eye can see. Baptism is an outward sign of what has taken place in you. For this reason, baptism cannot be separated from the process of total salvation. If you are not baptized yet, then the process of salvation is incomplete in you.
The act and practice of baptism has both physical and spiritual connotations. Baptism serves as a physical demonstration of freedom from the power of sin. It is symbolic of rebirth which has occurred in you.There are two types of baptism; water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism.
In Royalhouse Chapel International, we believe in water baptism by “immersion”. The Greek word translated baptism (Baptizo) means immersion. A few examples of people who were baptized in the bible were:
Water baptism is important as it connects you to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.