Written by Pastor Mark Driskill.
February 29, 2012.
Read John 3:7.
“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘you must be born again.” Why do we marvel at the notion that we must be reborn in order to enter the kingdom of heaven? Is it arrogance or short shortsightedness that makes us mortals suppose that we should be able to enter the highest realm of existence just as we are? Should we with all our demons and hangups really be swept into heaven as we are?
How little one must think of God’s otherness, God’s complete holiness, to suppose that we are already fit to dwell with him forever in our present condition. We really are delusional if we think our own contrived goodness can truly mask over our sinful human dysfunction and gain us access into the presence of perfect righteousness. Jesus must have had a look of wonder in his eyes when he said to Nicodemus, in essence, “don’t let it surprise you that you can’t stay the way you are and go with God.”
Perhaps it is not that we think too little of God’s majesty but that we are blinded to the reality of our own sinfulness. Over the centuries, especially within the last one hundred years, Satan has done a masterful job of convincing us that we are not so lost as God says. He has manipulated all forms of thought and philosophy to create this culture in which we think the only evil in the world is that which is committed by those who are worse than me. “I am no sinner”, we think to ourselves. “I may be a victim of my environment or of a genetic flaw, but I have no responsibility to God or anyone but myself. So as far as I am concerned I am a good person and God, if there is such a being, is certain to agree with my self assessment.” Such a delusion may fly in our culture of self worship but will not fly in the face of God.
Friends we are broken and lost before the holy one. Yet in his holy love he has granted us access to himself through the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross. He has given us what we could not earn or achieve for ourselves. He has given us the opportunity of eternal life through spiritual rebirth whereby we are set free from ourselves and are allowed to walk in a new life as newborns in the kingdom of heaven. Once we shed our delusions of self- righteousness we will begin to see our condition as lost sinners, then it will become no surprise to us that we need a new life. We will not marvel that we must be born again. We will cease being offended at redemption and finally embrace it.
Pastor Mark Driskill
Web Minister of Begotten By the Word web ministry
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Jackson, KY 41339
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