Word of the Day
When Nicodemus came to Jesus, he heard words that really posed a problem for him, an old man, “…Ye MUST be born again…”(John 3 1-8). To which Nicodemus questioned, “…How can these things be?”(v.9). Is it possible for a man to enter into his mother’s womb the second time and be born the second time(v.4)? Of course, Jesus went on to explain that this second birth was a work of the Spirit of God, not a work of man. And as such, this birth, while happening to us, is beyond our human understanding and abilities.
“Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth…”(James 1:18). If I understand what James is saying here, the Eternal, Almighty God birthed us into the Kingdom of God by His own will and power.
You “…are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”(I Peter 1:5). As I understand it here, the word, “kept” is a military term which describes a soldier on guard duty, charged with keeping everything and everyone within his jurisdiction safe from harm by intruders and enemies.
On February 3, 1939, I was legally and legitimately born into the family of Joseph Elmer and Johnie Mae Pearce. On that date, a birth certificate was filled out, declaring my birth and it was filed with the State of Texas as a legally binding document, never to be withdrawn nor negated. Even when I die that document will still be on file with the State of Texas.
I was moved some five years later to the State of Louisiana, where I was raised into adulthood and have lived ever since. But still registered with the State of Texas was that document declaring my birth. My moving out-of-state did not negate that document. It is as valid today as it was on February 3, 1939. And, again will be, even after I die.
On February 3, 1952, on my thirteenth physical birthday, I was born-again into the Kingdom of God. A young man who was a member of Bible Baptist Church in DeQuincy, Louisiana took me aside and showed me John 3:16 and for the first time in my life, I found out that the Eternal God loved me, a thirteen-year-old boy who had no knowledge of Him whatsoever, a boy who did not seek Him, but was sought by Him. Kneeling before that front pew in that Church, that young man showed that thirteen-year-old boy that Jesus Christ could, and would, save him if that boy would simply believe. That boy did, Jesus did and that sealed my birth into that glorious Kingdom!
Now I don’t know if I can say a birth certificate was filled out in Heaven that day, but I do know that my name was forever written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, ever recorded there to commemorate and certify that I was born into the Kingdom on that date. And I had no more part in that second birth than I did in that first. I had absolutely nothing to do with my birth on February 3, 1939; it happened to me. Joseph Elmer and Johnie Mae Pearce held their first-born in their arms, the result of something taking place between them and me being the recipient.
On February 3, 1952, something else happened to me, of which I had no part whatsoever. It was done for me by the power and the will of the Father. And according to His Word, I have been “kept”, “guarded”, by Him ever since.
Now, I cannot go back and undo my birth on February 3, 1939. No matter how hard I may try, how much I may want to, how many lawyers I may hire, how many courts I may plead to, I cannot change that birth(nor do I want to). Sure life has been tough at times and many times I have wondered just why I was born. What good have I done that would give any credence to my birth? But, no matter how hard I may have tried, no matter how many times I have failed in life, I was still born on that date and nothing will ever change or negate that. I JUST CANNOT BE UNBORN!!!
Now, on February 3, 1952, I was born again. Again, not something that I did nor had any part in. It was done for me, and to me, by the Spirit of the Living God. And on that date, my name was recorded in that Book of Life. I have made many foolish moves in my life, but none of them has negated my birth nor the record of that birth. I have missed so many opportunities in my service to my Lord, but none of these could ever erase that record of my birth. I was born again by HIS will and by HIS power, so nothing will ever change that.
On top of all that, the Eternal God posted a guard around me, protecting me from all intruders, all enemies, all harmful attempts at destroying my life in Him!
Now I know that some would tell me that, while no man could take me out of the Father’s hand, I could choose to jump out of His hand(John 10:28-30). But a question comes to my mind here, and that question is this–who would WANT to jump out of His hand? And He said that “NO MAN is able..” and I am a man, so doesn’t that “NO MAN” include me?
PRAISE GOD I AM KEPT EVEN FROM MY OWN FOOLISHNESS!!!
Folks, I cannot be unborn spiritually no more than I could be unborn physically. An impossibility, no matter what means I, or anyone else, may apply. My birth is secured in the annals of the State of Texas and my birth is secured in the annals of Heaven! How do you “undo” what the law has legally recorded and how do you “undo” what God has eternally recorded?
For these last sixty-two years, God has kept that small boy, safe and secure. And ten million years from now, God will still be keeping that small boy, in spite of all his foolishness, weakness and wickedness. And it is all an eternal work of the Eternal God!!!