Saved – Born Again
By whatever name you call it – salvation, being saved, born again, redeemed, right with God – it’s obvious that each one needs a personal relationship with God.
Let’s see why that is so…
The Bible makes it very clear that each person is born with a sin nature and because of that has a broken relationship with God.
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” -Romans 3:11-12
It’s not the acts of sin (as abundant as they may be) that cause the broken relationship with God. It’s not a single act of sin that separates you from God.
Unbelief is the problem that breaks the relationship with God! It’s the problem that must be removed for a relationship to exist. It’s the problem that leads to eternal separation from God.
Unbelief makes it impossible for you to seek for God. It limits your ability to understand God. It leaves you with a broken relationship and separated from God. In that state, you do as you please.
And you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all walked in the passions and desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:1-3
The acts of sin that become so obvious really come from an unbelieving heart. The real problem isn’t the act, it’s the unbelieving heart. So what is it that must be believed to have a relationship with God?
God defines what you must believe…
There are two very clear things that the Bible says you must do to enjoy a relationship with God. The first is a confession you must make and the second is a fact you must believe.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” -Romans 10:9-10
Confessing that Jesus is Lord defines your belief about Jesus. It means that as Lord:[list icon=”comment-o” font_size=”16″ icon_color=”#0433ff” text_color=”#0433ff” columns=”1″ bottom_margin=”10″]
- He has complete and final authority in all matters of life – what he says goes
- He is God the Son and the Son of God – equal with God
- He is your Lord – it’s your confession not a general acknowledgment
- You have a personal relationship with him – NOT a practice of religion
Believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead is a personal faith in the bodily resurrection of Jesus following his burial after the crucification. Simply put it means that you believe that the body that was buried in the tomb was exactly the same body that came out of the tomb. This is the one thing that the Bible makes clear you must believe.
Without faith in the resurrection there is no hope for salvation.
Belief in the resurrection justifies the believer.