Day 1 - What Has Happened To Me?
Today's Bible Reading:
John 1,2, and 3.
Just what happened to you? That's a good question. And an important one. Knowing what happened and what it means will help you the rest of your Christian life.
It happened in a church, in your home, or somewhere else. Someone helped you, or perhaps you were by yourself. But wasn't it something like this? You felt a need, learned somehow that Jesus Christ could help you, and one way or another, asked Him to come into your life.
Now, what does it all mean? Let's put it simply. Two things happened:
(1) Jesus became our Savior
(2) You have become a child of God.
We call this salvation. Perhaps someone has already mentioned that now you are "saved." Maybe you wonder what that means. Saved from what? Why did you need to be saved?
God wants you to know three things:
(1) You're a sinner.
(2) You cannot save yourself
(3) Only Christ can save you.
The bible says, "All have sinned" (Romans 3:23). That includes you and me. The bible also says, "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This kind of death is spiritual and eternal.
We cannot saved ourselves from this death by our good works, by church membership, by trying to be good. The only way to be saved (there's that word saved) from penalty is to get rid our sins.
Now, how can we be saved? Jesus provided a way by dying on the cross. In doing this, He took our place and suffered our punishment. When we ask God to forgive our sins, and believe Jesus died for us, God accepts us for Jesus' sake, our sins are forgiven and Jesus becomes our Savior. But something else has happened. You have become a child of God.
A child of God? What does that mean? Look at it this way. When you were born as a baby, you received natural life from your parents. Because of this you are like them, you have many of their characteristics.
When Jesus became your Savior, He brought to you new life, spiritual life, life from God. The Bible calls this the new birth (John 3:3). By your first birth you became a child of your earthly parents; by your new, or second birth you have become a child of God, your Heavenly Father.
This is important! You have two natures:
(1)The old nature you received when you were born the first time. This we can call the self-life.
(2) The new nature you received with the second birth. Since Jesus Christ is now living in you by His Holy Spirit, we call this new nature the Christ-life.
As far as your first, or natural, birth is concerned, you may be an adult, a youth, or a child. But as far as your new, or spiritual, birth is concerned, you are a baby. You have a received a new life, but it's just beginning.
Your spiritual life has to grow. You don't want to remain a spiritual baby; you want to become a mature Christian. During these next few days, I will show you how to grow spiritually. I cannot emphasize too strongly how important these days are.
You are establishing the pattern for the rest of your life. You are determining the kind of Christian you will be. If you will follow each suggestion carefully, you will have a happy, successful Christian life.
Bible Study For Today (Answer In Your Own Words)
John 1:12, What happens to those who receive Christ?
John 2:5, What advice did Jesus mother give to the servants?
John 3:3, What is necessary, to "see the kingdom of God"?
John 3:6, List the two kinds of birth
John 3:16, How can we keep from perishing?
John 3:36, What does a person have, if he believes on Jesus?
Good verses to MEMORIZE:
John 1:29 (last part)
Ralph W. Harris
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