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Birthmarks of Believers (15 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 5:1-5
(Read I John 5:1-5)
The Bible tells us that to be a Christian means to be born of God. Seven times in I John the Bible says that a Christian is one who is born of the Spirit of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Except thou be born again, you will not see, you will not enter the kingdom of God." When the Bible says in this verse, "Every one that believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," what does it mean by the word believeth? Well, the word "belief" in the Bible means more than an intellectual assent to the facts about Jesus Christ. Every one here believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus lived, that He died. You believe what the Bible says about Jesus Christ. That's good, but that's not saving faith. Because the word "belief" or "faith" in the Bible, the same Greek word, is very difficult for us to translate in the English language. It is an action word; it is a word that means to put your faith in, to rely completely upon, to trust completely in Jesus Christ for your salvation.
When you've done that, the Bible teaches that you've been born again, and it's a very definite experience. Someone says, "Well, I don't know if I've been born again or not; I don't remember when it happened." Well, it's a very definite experience. If I were to walk up to you today and ask you if you'd been born physically, you'd think I was crazy. You'd say, "Sure, I've been born. I'm breathing; I'm living; I'm walking around; I'm growing; I'm eating; I'm active. Of course, I've been born physically." The very same thing is true spiritually. If you've been born spiritually, then God has brought you into being spiritually, the Spirit of God has come to live in your heart and in your life, and there was a time, there was a place, there was an occasion when God spoke to your heart, when you realized you were lost, when you trusted Jesus as your Savior, and your sins w ...
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