“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass -The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the Word which by the gospel was preached to you” (1Pet 1:23-25)
Salvation is a mystery. Salvation is a miracle. Only God can save your soul! This is God’s express wish and command: You must be born again! Religion is not enough; you must be redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. Church is not enough; you must be found in Christ alone. When looking for a church, do not stay there just because you ‘like the worship’. The choir may be excellent, the keyboard heavenly. But God made it so that is only thru the preaching of God’s Word, the true Gospel of Christ Crucified that you can be saved. Good worship in a church is not enough reason to attend it! You need first of all is to listen to the Word of God coming from the pulpit. You are saved by the Blood of the Lamb, thru the anointed preaching of the Word of God. Your spirit, your conscience must bear witness with the ministry of the preacher. You are not saved by songs or by praises. If you are infatuated with the choir, remember, good worship is like food for the children living in the house. For as long as you are not born again, you are still a foreigner, standing alone, outside, in the rain, looking thru the window. You cannot partake from the food given only to the children. The Word must be planted into your spirit to become a child of God. Then you can come in, and eat all the delicacies you longed for and admired from outside.
The Word of God is not like any other human word. It is described as an ‘incorruptible seed’. In Greek this word means something that is immortal and indestructible. It can never be wasted, defiled, wither or die. It is an eternal spiritual seed that is planted in your spirit producing a peculiar fruit called salvation. It is also an abiding and enduring Word. It is injected in your spirit and it dwells there. It cannot be aborted. No man or devil can uproot the Word planted in a good, welcoming and noble heart. It becomes a part of you forever. Its influence is not just occasionally, but it is permanent, constant. It does not depend of your feelings. It much deeper than that!
The preaching of the Word of God comes with the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Once you come into contact with it, the Word will reveal to you the truth. You may fight this painful revelation but cannot win against the truth. Thru the Word, you shall be able to believe that you are a sinner and an enemy to God. For the first time in your life you will agree that you need God, that you need a Savior! Repentance is the first good work of the soul. Truth is very painful when coming in. But truth sets free from ignorance and sin. This is the peculiar work done by the Holy Spirit thru the preaching of the Word of God! God bless all true preachers of the Gospel!
The Holy Spirit used Genesis 1:1 to convict me of sin. For the first time in my life, I opened the Bible in January 1986. Slowly, I read the first three words: “In the beginning God…” That was all! I could not read any more! The fear of God fell on me! I tried to fight back! I tried to defend my long standing self-righteousness…I gripped the support of my doubt… I leaned on my skill of religious mockery that saved me in the past… But this time, nothing worked…The Word of God penetrated my heart as a sword and my pride bled to death…I failed completely! From the moment I read those ‘simple and innocent’ words, I could not resist them… I could not rest my mind and I had no peace until I totally surrendered to the God of the Bible! Easy to say, my life was never the same again…
This is a simple test: Do you remember the particular scripture that the Holy Spirit used, for the first time, to inject truth into your heart? Do you remember how you repented and became saved? Any believer, who remembers the details of that encounter with the Word, is truly born again! Selah!
In Christ I declare:
I am born again by the Word of God, by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Holy Spirit!
In Jesus name