Monday, November 24, 2008

Born again Christians (born of the Holy Spirit not the flesh)

How is it that born again Christians from around the world, of every tongue and different cultures, without ever having met, share such a mutual understanding and belief in Christ? It is not just that we share a belief and faith, but they we become spiritually related in Christ as part of the family and future hairs of God’s possessions. If you think the miracle of this current life and its opportunities are special, it is nothing compared to what awaits those that have been born again of God’s spirit and who will inherit perfect heaven and earth unlike anything we are able to imagine now.
I have recently used the acronym CINO (Christian in name only) to describe Christians who have been taught about and acknowledge Christ but come short of expressing in their lives any intimate relationship with Christ and power of the Holy Spiritual life that comes with it. Jesus Christ himself described the different Christian outcomes that occurs from when we hear the word of God like a seed that is planted, and where we allow that seed to fall in our lives, taking it in or tossing it to the side like so many of our short lived interest. Only those that allow the seed of Gods word to fall on the fertile ground of their harts will grow and bare fruit, some a little and some allot, but all that bare fruit are born again and become spiritually related to Christ and part of the family of God.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest." (Luke 8:11-15)
Aron Shust Live Spirit 105

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