Scriptures to read -John
3:7, Mark 13:10, Heb. 11:6, John 3:14, 2 Sam. 14: 14. There are five great imperatives
in these verses. The word "must" places beyond doubt the imperative
nature of the subject presented. Our meditation upon these five portions is both
simple and solemn for those who are not saved.
Ye MUST Be Born Again, John 3:7.
These words of our Lord clearly show that, in order to enter the kingdom of God,
one must be born again. He was addressing the "ruler of the Jews" and
His words were, "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of
God." Nicodemus, in his natural condition, and likewise all others, are outside
of God's kingdom. This is the first solemn lesson all must learn who would be
Nicodemus then asked the question, "How can a man be born when he is old?"
This reveals that he was thinking in terms of another natural birth. But the Lord
showed him that this new birth is spiritual and is brought about only by the Holy
Spirit and the Word of God. "Marvel not", said the Saviour, "Ye
must be born again". Many marvel still at this second birth, but these plain
words of Christ place beyond doubt, the absolute need of the new birth. Let me
pause and ask our readers, Have you experienced this new birth? If not, may you
solemnly be awakened to see that you are outside not only of the Kingdom, but
are in danger of being outside of heaven for all eternity, for Jesus said, "Ye
must be born again". Now let me point out three things that "must be"
if any are to be born again.
The Son of Man MUST be Lifted Up, John 3:14
Before you could be born again, this event must take place. The new birth is the
impartation of spiritual life, the possession of eternal life, a "passing
from death unto life", John 5:24. If any are to possess this eternal life,
it is abundantly clear from John 3:14, it can only be on the grounds of the death
of Christ. Entrance can only be possible through the lifting up of Christ upon
the Cross. This was the great purpose of His advent into the world, to give life
by the laying down of His own life. Thank God, He died for our sins, and, God's
claims having been met, He is risen, and thus the basis of the impartation of
eternal life is laid at Calvary.
The Gospel MUST Be Preached, Mark 13:10
The reference here has primarily to do with God's message in a future day, but
the words are equally true of God's message today. If one is to be born again,
he must hear the glad news of the Gospel, for, "How shall they hear without
a preacher?" In order that all may hear, God has raised up, fitted and sent
His servants to preach the Gospel to every creature and to all the world. There
is no other way to be saved except through the Tidings which the Gospel declares.
The Lord's servants have no other message for the world. The Gospel of God's rich
grace points to the finished work of Christ as the ground of salvation, the written
Word of God as the assurance of salvation, the living and exalted Lord Jesus as
the joy of salvation and, finally, the coming again of Christ as the Hope of salvation.
What a glorious message the Gospel is, and, thank God, we are able to write it
and tell it to you today. It is our prayer that it may reach some reader's soul
and that you will ponder over your need and of God's provision to meet it.
The Sinner MUST Believe, Heb. 11:6
Here we have man's responsibility. Those who desire to be born again must
believe the good and reliable news of the Gospel. God has provided salvation,
Christ has purchased it by His blood, the Gospel proclaims it far
and near, but all is of no avail if the hearer fails to believe it. Note
and read the following verses which underline this truth: John, chapter 3, verses
14, 15, 16, 18 and 36, and also chapter 5 and verse 24. The apostolic answer to
the anxious soul's question, "What must I do to be saved?" is "Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
Thus we see that a man must be born again to enter heaven, it must
only be by the death of Christ made known in the preaching of the Gospel and the
sinner who hears it must believe.
"The sinner who believes is free
Can say, "the Saviour died for me",
Can point to the atoning blood
And say, "This made my peace with God."
Have you, my dear unsaved reader, owned your need and simply
accepted God's provision in Christ to meet your need? If not, why not today, as
there is another solemn imperative to consider.
We MUST Die, 2 Sam. 14:14
This is true of us all, unless the Lord comes, in which case, those who have been
born again will be "caught up" to meet the Lord, without dying.
Should death claim those who are believers before that day, all, without exception,
will go to be with Christ in heaven. If not born again, if, for any reason, my
reader should miss Christ and die an unbeliever, he will be damned (Mark 16:16),
lift up the eyes in Hell in torments and finally and eternally perish in the awful
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone (Rev. 21:8).
Should this paper fall from your hand and life be terminated, where would your
soul be? It is heaven or hell, it is "turn or burn", it is Christ or
the world. Which will it be for you?