It Runs In The Family (16 Of 20) by Jerry Vines

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IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY! (16 of 20)
Things Worth Knowing
Jerry Vines
I JOHN 5:1-15
6/1/97

The salvation experience is described in a
variety of ways. It is like walking into a room.
Jesus said, "I am the door, by me if any man enter in,
he shall be saved." The salvation experience is
compared to taking a drink of water. "Whosoever will
let him take of the water of life freely." Being
saved is as simple as taking a drink of water. Then,
being saved is like going to a banquet. Jesus told
about a man who prepared a banquet and the invitation
went out, "Come for all things are now ready." Aren't
you glad the Lord Jesus described salvation as a feast
and not as a funeral. Saved people know what it is to
sit down at the banquet of the Lord. Salvation is
also compared to a gift. The Bible says, "The gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
If you have ever been given a gift, if you have ever
received that gift, that's how very simple it is to
become a child of God.

I guess the most familiar illustration in the
Bible of what salvation is - is comparing salvation to
a birth. Jesus talked to Nicodemas about being born.
He said to him, "You must be born again." Two ways
the Bible talks about being born. There is the
physical birth and there is also the spiritual birth.
Jesus, talking about John the Baptist one time says,
"Of men born of women there is not one greater than
John the Baptist." Born of women -- that's the
physical birth. All of us here tonight have
experienced a physical birth and we are in the family
of our physical family on earth because we have been
born of women.

Now, the Bible talks about being born of God. A
spiritual birth. Being born again. You are born the
first time in your physical birth. You are born the
second time when you are born of God and become a
member of the family of God.

In this passage of Scripture, beginn ...


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