> The Believer's Walk
answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God."
Awhile ago a
gentleman wrote and suggested that I needed to include an
article so that there was understanding about exactly what
being born again entails. While many take the first step of
accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, of which we rejoice, many do
not realize what it really means to be 'born again" and
living for our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a life changing
event. As presented in the tract, Gods
Simple Plan of Salvation, all must agree with God that one
is a sinner, and also agree with what Jesus did for us on the
Cross, and repent and accept Him as Savior. But, what then?
Christ must become Lord of our life.
Jesus said in
Luke 14:27-30, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross,
and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you,
intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able
to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying,
This man began to build, and was not able to finish."
constitutes really being born again and living for Him? Many
simply think they can stroll through life, being good, going
to church, having taken that initial step. However, God wants
more from us and in fact, our obedience to His Words
determines whether we have honestly accepted Christ and
believed on Him.
embarking on our walk with Jesus Christ, Jesus said we are to
have counted the cost, and not turn back.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me,
cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not
down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have
sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not
able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to
conditions to living for Christ that many ignore. As discussed
in our article "Carrying
My Cross", if we don't choose to walk with Christ
daily, He states we are not worthy of Him.
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and
10:38 "And he that taketh not his cross, and
followeth after me, is not worthy of me."
What are the
Biblical conditions that are required in order to live for Him
as a 'born again' believer? The very essence of
accepting Christ starts with repenting and being converted.
18:3 "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,
and become as little children, ye shall NOT ENTER into the
kingdom of heaven."
Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new."
"change from unbelief to faith"; "turn the
other way around." In other words we do an about face
from what was our lives of worldliness and ungodliness, to one
of faith and holiness, rejecting the things of the world and
sin. We become new creatures in Christ. That means there will
be a definite change in what we do and what we think about.
Next, we start
by embracing and believing ALL His Words as true. We are
to hold the Bible in esteem. God's Word is Pure. Many
Christians today have never read the Bible through from cover
to cover, but rather go by what they are told about what it
contains or what it means. That is not for a true believer.
14:23-24 " Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man
love me, he will keep [ALL] my words: and my Father will
love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode
with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me."
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my
words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he
shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of
the holy angels.
4:20-23 and considering not only the Proverbs but the Word of
God, "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear
unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep
them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those
that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart
with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
There is no
half way measure for accepting Christ and keeping ALL His
Words. We cannot simply choose certain words from the Bible
because they are 'nice,' or comforting and reject other words
of Jesus and the apostles because they, rebuke, correct or
are 'hard,' such as was reflected by the disciples attitude
6:60-61,63-64a "Many therefore of his disciples, when
they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can
hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his
disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this
offend you? ...It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh
profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they
are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you
that believe not...."
Those who wish
to pick and choose and deal only with those things that give
them the warm fuzzies are in reality lukewarm in their faith.
That attitude fulfils the prophecy regarding the Laodicean
Church - that of being "lukewarm" towards Jesus as
3:16: "So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and
neither COLD nor HOT, I will spue thee out of my
Our walk with
Christ begins with understanding the type of obedience God
wants from us. Christ is the example in Hebrew 5:7-9 "Who
in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and
supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was
able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;"
example of obeying God in going to the cross, despite the
agony He was to bear, Jesus said in Luke 22:42 "Saying,
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
As we grow in
grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and our faith and desire
to please Him increases, it becomes a way of life to say,
despite the trial or adversity we might face, "Not my
will, but thine."
Most understand and accept the concepts and promises such as:
2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not
of works, lest any man should boast."
ignore the related verses to these promises, which in essence,
bring about a resulting action because of the precious
promises and assurances we have from God Himself. True
faith results in growth and action that reflects Christ. True
faith in Christ will result in actions that prove that you
have faith in Christ.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Titus 2:7 In
all things showing thyself a pattern of good works:
in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of
the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to
say of you.
This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou
affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God
might be careful to maintain good works. These things are
good and profitable unto men.
James 2:14 What doth it
profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or
sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of
you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are
needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:
show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my
faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he
had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works
was faith made perfect?
assurances are intended for those who are walking in obedience
For example in
Hebrews 11:6, Paul wrote, " But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him."
There should be a thirst for Truth and a Love of Truth. Many
today do not show that characteristic. 2 Thessalonians 2:10
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them
that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved."
that we're to rejoice in the trials that come our way, which
are a part of living for Christ. There are no trials that
we encounter that are not part of others lives.
4:12-13 "Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though
some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice,
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that,
when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with
5:8-9 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished
in your brethren that are in the world."
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
Many are not
prepared for the eventual resentment, hostility and at times
open hatred that accompanies someone who is living for the
Lord Jesus and sharing that joy.
10:22 "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's
sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be
To endure means
having the power--which comes from abiding in Christ--to
complete the task. If we resent or walk away from our trials
and problems, we dishonor our calling and reflect the truths
in the parable of the sower, that we did not really belong to
13:19-22 "When any one heareth the word of the
kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked
one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
This is he which received seed by the way side. But he
that received the seed into stony places, the same is he
that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while:
for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the
word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed
among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care
of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
there were consequences to not abiding in Him and bearing
fruit because of that obedience to Him. John 15:1-6
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may
bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word
which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As
the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the
vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them
into the fire, and they are burned."
We are to abhor evil, that is, hate sin. While we will always
wrestle with our flesh, we are called to live Holy lives. Paul
wrote of the struggle and conflict that takes place when our
desire is to live in the Spirit so that the flesh and sin will
not have it's way in our lives. Some struggle with
understanding exactly what Paul is saying.
"For that which I do [sin] I allow not [rejects
disobedience to God & sin]: for what I would [desire
to be obedient & sin not], that do I not [obedience to
God]; but what I hate [sin], that do I. 17 Now then it is
no more I that do it [in Christ he rejects sin], but sin
that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me [that is, in
my flesh,] dwelleth no good thing: for to will
[desire to obey Christ] is present with me; but how to
perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good
that I would [do] I do not: but the evil which I would not
[do], that I do.
20 Now if I do that [sin that he doesn't want to do ]I
would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that
dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is
present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against
the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the
law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with
the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh
the law of sin.
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit. [meaning if our desire is to serve
Christ, we are not condemned]
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
made me free from the law of sin and death.
Paul goes on
and explains that to live to the desires of the flesh, that
is, deliberately entering into the sin that we should reject
in obedience to Christ, is to be an enemy of God.
Romans 8: 5
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit [mind] the
things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be
spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
That means we
must learn what is acceptable and what is an affront to God.
Holiness is the exact opposite of worldliness. Love of the
things of the world is enmity with God.
12:14-15 "Follow peace with all men, and
holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and
thereby many be defiled;"
Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God."
Romans 6:22 But now
being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we grow in
grace and knowledge of our Lord, and we see ourselves as He
sees us, we will become transformed, and will indeed be viewed
ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of
darkness into his marvellous light:" (1 Peter 2:9)
As we grow we
will also, through reading His Word, recognize what is of Him
and what is false teaching and who are false teachers. We will
follow Christ, and learn to recognize and avoid those that are
not of Him.
10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by
the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep [born-again
Christians] hear his voice: and he calleth his own
sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he [the Good Shepherd] putteth forth his own
sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:
for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from
him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
When we become
a "new creature" in Christ, there are distinctive
attributes that come from living after the things of the
Spirit. The works of the flesh [Galatians 5:19-21] are to be
rejected and replaced with these characteristics. The very
first one begins with a love of the Truth, regardless of what
it is and how it affects us. There will be evidence of the
fruit of the Spirit.
22 But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh
with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one
another, envying one another.
Ephesians 5:9 (For the
fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
loves Jesus Christ will also have a God-given love and passion
for the lost, and for brothers and sisters in Christ. The
character of each is to become a true servant to the Lord
resulting in care for others. There are warnings and necessary
spiritual growth which is shown in 2 Timothy 2:22-26.
also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith,
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that
they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be
gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if
God peradventure will give them repentance to the
acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the
snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his
Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and
abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even
as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in
holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."
Some choose to
forget that we are called to a life of separation from
ungodliness, to a life of fellowship with our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. Being in the world and not of it requires a
commitment to Biblical obedience in viewing the things of this
world, both thoughts and activities, in the way God views
Corinthians 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together
with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness
with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part
hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I
will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto
uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be
sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be
brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have
been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye
put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is
created in righteousness and true holiness.
12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without
which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently
lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be
At the risk of
being repetitive, these verses represent the essence of being
born again and what
becoming a NEW CREATURE in Christ means. It's about an evident
heart, mind and Spirit change, resulting in a change in
purpose and is not just a believing person who has adopted a
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill
cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is
renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but
Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any
man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you,
so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the
bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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