Thought For Today - December 10 - Greeting To The New Born Baby !
Thought For Today - December 10 - Greetings To The New Born Baby !
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Greetings to The newborn Baby!
Dear Brothers and Sisters;
If you are one of those who have just recently received, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior, having realized that you needed to be saved and that you were helpless to save yourself, then you by God's grace have been "born again" into the family of God and are now a member of the family of God.
We are rejoicing, along with the angels of heaven, in the birth of a new born baby in our family, the family of God. "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10.
Having taken God at his word, and having accepted and received his gift of love - The Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior, you, by the power of God, have been "born again" into the family of God, and have become a child of God. The same spirit that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead has given you eternal life. "But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you." Romans 8:11 " But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. "John 1:12.
When an infant is born into the world, his first impulse is to open his mouth, and with all the power of his brand new lungs announce to the world his arrival. So it is with the newborn child of God. Until his voice is heard proclaiming his arrival into the family of God, it is uncertain to relatives, and the world around him, whether he has been truly born and now lives. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy." Psalm 107:2. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10.
When God saves us, by his grace, and we are 'born again", we ought to immediately open our mouths with praise and thanksgiving and let the world around us know that God has performed a miracle in our lives. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16.
The immediate need of a newborn infant, and the continuing need of the child and adult is for proper food. A newborn infant is immediately given a formula for feeding which will meet his nutritional requirements for survival, proper growth, and development; likewise, the newborn spiritual child of God must have the proper spiritual food to insure his growth and development as a child in the family of God. The food for the child of God is the word of God, The Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is God's book of instruction for his children, the Bible is God's book, written by the Holy Spirit through chosen men of God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction , for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1: 20-21.
A newborn infant begins his life on milk; so the newborn child of God ought to begin his feeding on the milk of God's word, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby; if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." 1 Peter 2:2,3.
A good place to begin to drink the milk of the word is the gospel of John. It is here that you will become better acquainted with the divine son of God, our Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ, and learn of his great love for you and all of us that caused him to lay down his life for our salvation. You ought to read the gospel of John several times. Pray and ask God to reveal to you by the Holy Spirit, the truth of its' teaching. When we by faith in the redemptive power of the shed blood of Christ are saved, we are immediately, the moment we believe, baptized by the Holy Spirit of God and sealed forever in the family of God. The Holy Spirit becomes our teacher in things pertaining to God. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit literally comes to live and dwell in our bodies. This is what it means to be "born again". As we drink the word of God , as it were, the Holy Spirit aids us in the digestion and appropriation of its' truths to our lives, and thereby we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
After having read and studied the gospel of John several times, then it would be well to read and study all four gospels, beginning with Matthew, then the acts of the apostles, and the epistles, and then the entire bible from Genesis to revelation. This is a lifetime project as we walk the rest of our life by faith in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just as a newborn infant upon his birth becomes a member of the human race, and all mankind is his kin, so a newborn son of God upon his spiritual new birth becomes a member of the universal family or God, or the body of Christ, throughout the world; However, as God has ordained that a child born into the world has a father and mother and immediate family to love him and care for his needs, and nurture him and help him to grow and to become a useful citizen, so God has established local church assemblies to be the immediate family of the Christian. We need each other, no man is an island, no man is sufficient unto himself, no man lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. We need the mutual faith and testimony of other Christians to nurture us and to strengthen us, and to help us to become effective ambassadors for Christ our Lord and coming king.
It behooves every born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ to seek out a strong fundamental local church fellowship where he can join in fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ, to worship God; and to be taught in the word of God. It is our duty as the children of God to assemble ourselves together in a local church as a testimony to the world around us that we identify with God, his word, and his people; as well as to be taught from the word of God, and to receive the ordinances of believer's baptism and fellowship around the Lord's table, at which time we call to remembrance, by the bread and the fruit of the vine, the Lord's broken body and shed blood for the remission our sins. Then, work together as co-laborers in God's vineyard to win the lost to Christ. "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10: 24,25.
The name of the church or the denomination is unimportant. The important thing is that the church you attend and join is one that stands upon the fundamental truths of the word of God. That its' doctrine is sound concerning the virgin birth; and the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ; the blood atonement, and the vicarious suffering of Christ for the sins of individuals; eternal security; the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; his ascension into heaven, and his immanent return to earth; the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in wooing and drawing men and women and boys and girls to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; the sealing and keeping the believer eternally secure; the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the other comforter that Jesus promised to be our teacher and guide; the priesthood of every believer, and his direct access to the presence and throne of God in the name of Jesus Christ.
The word of God is the only authority for faith and practice for the child of God. Try the spirits and see if they be of God. Check everything out by the light of the word of God, reject the false, hold to the truth as found in the word of God.
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the spirit of God; Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; and this is the spirit of anti-Christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world." 1 John 4: 1,2,3. "But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8. :Moreover brethren I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand: by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures;: and that he was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; after that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once: of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-6.
Every newborn child of God ought to be scriptually baptized as soon as possible after he has accepted the Lord as his Savior and Lord. The Lord himself went to the river where John was baptizing and requested that he be baptized. Though he himself was sinless and had no need of baptism, he did so that he who was God in the flesh, might identify with men and take their sins and infirmities on himself as their substitute. As Jesus was buried in the waters of the Jordan river to identify with men, so we, as an act of obedience and identification with the Lord ought to be buried in the water of baptism as a testimony to the world that we have died to the old man and have been buried with Christ in his death, but as we are brought up out of the water, we testify to the world that we have been raised to newness of life and have life eternal by his resurrection from the dead. Water has no power to save. It is the answer of a good conscience toward God. Salvation is by grace, and grace alone through faith. "For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9.
This message is meant to be a greeting and a welcome to the new born baby into the family of God, but if you are reading this message and are not yet spiritually reborn as a child of God, perhaps you cannot understand what you have read. Please consider this: The bible teaches that the great fundamental need of all men is the forgiveness of sins and the freedom from guilt. Man cannot save himself. All men and women, boys and girls need a savior. Thank God, God has provided a Savior in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.” There is non righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3: 10. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:13. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord: "God is not willing that any should perish." "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. What must you do to be saved? "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, ask him to forgive your sins and save you. If we confess our sins he is just and faithful to forgive our sins and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all unrighteousness. If you will do this, you will become a newborn child of God and be saved forever. Claim the promises of God's word. Believe in your heart that God has done for you what he said he would do. "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Jesus said: "As you believe in your heart so be it done unto you." Go your way rejoicing in the power of God.