Nicodemus came under a cover of darkness. He wanted to know more about Jesus. His Pharisaical peers were quickly making up their minds and rejecting the Rabbi but Nicodemus wanted to examine the Man and His teaching personally.
Jesus used the opportunity to teach Nicodemus several truths that have been foundational to our faith ever since.
“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”John 3:3
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.John 3:6
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”John 3:16
3 Truths About the Believing Jesus Saved You
- You must be born again. John 3:3
- The Holy Spirit is the giver of a born-again life. John 3:6
- God loves you and gave His Son to die for you! John 3:16
3 Ways to Know You Believe Jesus Saved You
1. You Seek Him Personally
Just belonging to a church or hanging out with people who say they believe will not give you or me the new birth needed to enter the Lord’s Kingdom. We must intentionally SEEK Jesus to recognize our sin and repent, and by His grace, mercy, and love receive what we need to live with faith.
2. You are Born Again by the Power of the Holy Spirit
You and I cannot enter the Kingdom of God by ourselves. No amount of good works, church attendance, or personal effort will earn God’s favor. We can only be spiritually reborn through faith and Baptism . . . the washing away of our sin and the gift of new life received as a gift of God’s grace. The blessing is at that point, His Spirit begins to work in us a desire to know God’s Word, trust His will, and obey His commands.
3. You Trust God’s Promises and Rely on the Spirit’s Power to Change
The Life Application Bibles Notes say the following about John 3:16
To “believe is more than an intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It means to put our trust and confidence in Him believing that Jesus saved us. It is to daily put Christ in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny.
To Believe in Jesus means to look at life focused on Him, to trust Him to be with us today, and to help us face the future with an eternal perspective.
A Prayer to Believe Jesus Saved You
Father, forgive me. I’m tired of trying to do it all myself . . . tired of doing my best and still falling short of my own goals let alone Your goals for me. I am so sorry.
I need You. I trust and believe that Jesus came to die for my sins. I believe that by His death and resurrection, He restored my relationship with You, Father God. I am sorry for my self-centered selfishness and I surrender myself to You. Please empower me by Your Spirit to live each day focused on who You are and all You’ve done. Give me a hunger and thirst for Your TRUTH and give me all I need to live in obedience for Your glory. I believe Jesus saved me. I pray in His name. Amen.
Jesus is God our Savior. He came to save sinners like you and me. And by God’s grace, we can have the gift of eternal life starting right now when we believe by the power of the Holy Spirit in the One who gave His life to save us.
I used to think of faith as an act of my will and I’ve learned that it is more of a surrender of my will. It is admitting I’m a sinner in need of God’s saving grace, asking Him to work in me and change me according to His will, and wanting to SEEK and KNOW Him through His Word.
On today’s note write:
I believe Jesus saved me and I surrender myself to His love.
God bless you today and you live with the peace, contentment, and joy of believing in Jesus, the One who saved you.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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