Assemblies of God SearchSite GuideStoreContact Us

Daily Boost

  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

Daily Boost

November 7, 2013 - So That You May Believe

By Ron Johnson

"Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:30-31, ESV).

The driving force behind John's Gospel is the desire that people will place their faith in Jesus Christ, accepting Him as their Savior. In the light of this fact, I would like to look at a few of the statements in John's gospel that give us instructions on how to be saved. Keep in mind these principles are not necessarily individual steps toward salvation as if we must climb a staircase. Rather, they are interrelated and may happen simultaneously.

We Must Recognize Jesus For Who He Is

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1,14).

From "the beginning," Jesus Christ, described as "the Word," was with God and was God. In the "fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4) He became flesh and dwelt with us. In order to be saved, we must recognize Jesus is God and He came and lived among us. We must accept the fact He gave His divine/human life as our redeeming sacrifice. Jesus Christ is our only hope of salvation. As the apostle Peter states, "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

We Must Receive/Believe in Christ

"To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12,13).

When we receive someone, we welcome them. To receive Christ as Savior, we must believe in who He is and what He did for us, welcoming Him into our lives. When we do this we become children of God.

We Must Be Born Again

One evening the Pharisee Nicodemus came to visit with Jesus. Nicodemus was a polite, religious man, yet Jesus looked beyond the exterior and drove straight to the heart of the issue, telling Nicodemus he needed to be born again. "Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God'" (John 3:3).

Everyone is born spiritually dead. When Adam and Eve sinned they died spiritually, and we have inherited from them a fallen nature. To receive salvation, our spirit must be reborn. This is what Jesus is telling Nicodemus. Even though Nicodemus was a religious person, he was still lost and without God.

In order to be saved we must acknowledge that we are spiritually dead. Contrary to popular opinion, we do not have a God nature buried deep within that we must merely awaken. No, we are spiritually dead and in need of a spiritual rebirth. A dead person can do nothing to resurrect himself. To be saved, we must be born again. This is a work of the Holy Spirit. So then, how is a person born again?

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

For a person to be born again they must believe Jesus Christ is the unique, only-begotten Son of God and that He came and died for their sins. They must accept Christ with the understanding that He paid their sin debt so they may be saved. When a person believes, receiving Christ, they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are born again.

Do you feel the stirring of the Holy Spirit? Do you feel Him calling, drawing you to Christ? If so, won't you open your heart and welcome Him in today and be born again?

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

Email your comments to pe@ag.org.