October 4, 2022
Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)
For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;
In the Bible, Jesus talks to Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. To avoid ruining his reputation if anyone catches him with Jesus, he comes undercover to visit Jesus at night. He accepts that Jesus is divine but still has many unanswered questions.
Jesus references John 3:3 to him: "I tell you the truth, you cannot see the Kingdom of God unless you are born again. "Nicodemus responds in John 3:4, "What do you mean?' shouted Nicodemus. "How is it possible for an old man to go back into his mother's womb and be born again?" Initially, Nicodemus didn’t comprehend that Jesus spoke of spiritual rebirth rather than physical rebirth. It's essential that we, too, understand the meaning of "being born again." When Jesus was crucified, the punishment for our sins was paid for by His death. Being "being born again" refers to the process through which a person undergoes a spiritual transformation after deciding to place their faith in Jesus as their personal savior.
Romans 3:23 (NKJV) says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Now, accept Christ as your personal Savior and honor His sacrifice. He is looking forward to you being a member of His family that will last forever.