Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to talk with the Lord. "The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." (John 3:2 KJV). A religious man, Nicodemus. A Jewish man. A "ruler" of the Jews knowing the law and religious code of his day well. He had access to the Scriptures. According to the flesh, he was an descendant of Abraham. The Lord cut right to the chase... "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3 KJV). With all of his religious knowledge about God, Nicodemus did not truly know God. His birthright and religious heritage were not enough. Nicodemus lacked something. Nicodemus needed to be saved! Many today profess to know about God, but few are genuinely saved. Profession does not mean possession I have heard say. The real question is, Does the Lord know you? Have you been "born again"?
The Lord Jesus emphasized again in John 3:7, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." One MUST be born again. It is not an option. The jailer asked Paul and Silas "...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:30b-31 KJV). One MUST believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 KJV). We MUST be saved only by Christ Jesus the Lord, there is no other name given. There is no other Saviour. Reject or neglect Him, and one MUST suffer the eternal consequences. Our sins and our sinfulness will bar us from heaven for eternity. Our good works are useless. Our religion is vain. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36 KJV). Salvation is of the LORD. Reject or neglect the Saviour, the only One who died for our sins, and one MUST face the wrath of God. Jesus asked the false teachers "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" (Matthew 23: 33 KJV). How can any of us escape the damnation of hell?
We MUST repent and believe the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Lord alone. We MUST turn to God and be saved. We MUST be born again by His Spirit. There is no other option. Thomas asked the Lord how we can know the way. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV). It's so simple, that even a child can understand it. The Lord Jesus is the only way to heaven. One will not see heaven any other way. Any other way is a false hope. One MUST come to Christ Jesus the Lord alone to be saved. One MUST be born again. The Lord Jesus is the way to heaven.
January 25th, 2015