Had such a revelation of the gospel when teaching Aletheia Chinese today. We can only truly be born when we see ourselves dead in christ on the Cross and raised with him.
On our own we are made of mud and when we carry our own cross we try to be righteous and good enough or right with God but we cannot never do enough to be righteous enough by the standards of God’s holiness.
Because sin has separated us from being able to be in a relationship and a child of a perfect sinless and holy loving God, he gave his son Jesus Christ to completely take away all that sin that separates us from being in his presence. The sin that entered when Adam and Eve chose to disobey him and listened to the lies of the devil rather than the God that created them in his own image. From there sin and death entered and they living but never truly alive because they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and not the tree of life.
Religion is the tree of good and evil. The tree that tells you that you are your own god because you can attain righteousness and attain a right standing with God by your own judgement of what is good and evil. You thibj that if you do “good”, you are “GOOD”… but we cannot on our own ever be good enough or pay and sacrifice for our sins enough to ever truly LIVE again because we were made to walk in the presence of God.
We were made for relationship.
We were made for UNION with God.
We are the children of God that have been separated from him by our own sinful nature that we were born into since Adam the first man ate from the tree that produced this sin and death.
In his great love and grace for his children
Being a righteous and holy and just God and loving father, knew that the only way to get rid of this sin and death that has been separating us from his presence, had to punish this sin and a sacrifice and a covering had to be made to atone for this sin.
Because we born in sin and of Adam, we can never even pay for our sins. The blood of animals can also never wash away our sins! And only a sinless perfect sacrifice could atone for the sin and death that has separated us from knowing God and being filled by him.
So in his great mercy… He himself CAME. He sent his son Jesus christ, born not of man but of God and through the Holy Spirit who gave him life in Mary.
He came to be the final and one true atonement for our sins. So that by believing in him, we are baptised into him and we DIED with him on the cross that day. This us why “no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me”.
We are Co-crucified IN HIM when we believe in what he has done for us. We receive God’s forgiveness of our sins and are able to enter into a relationship with him again. We literally DIE with him on the cross and are RAISED with him into a new life where we are BORN AGAIN.
We can only be BORN AGAIN by water and spirit Jesus said! When we die with him in baptism we choose to die to ourselves and allow him to fill us with the Holy spirit which is the Spirit of God that allows us to come into UNION with him.
He took it all on the cross so that we could be BORN.
He is the son of God but he came to die for our sins so that we by receiving this truth can become children of God ourselves to be able to cry out to God and call him “Abba Father” !
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you,
no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”
“How can someone be born when they are old?”
Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you,
no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
Flesh gives birth to flesh,
but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
You should not be surprised at my saying,
‘You must be born again.’
The wind blows wherever it pleases.
You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
John 3:3-8 NIV