Before reading the information on this page, please read or re read the plan God set in motion that is fully contained in the Tanakh (Tanach, Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament.) Reading this first will put this page into it’s proper backstory and perspective. Thank you!
Now we will show God’s plan as it continues into the New Testament (and why the New Testament is relevant at all, for all people, Jewish people included.)
Receiving the gift of salvation is called being born again.
We were born physically, our first birth, our natural birth. There is a second birth, a spiritual birth that occurs when we receive salvation. Being born again is for ALL people, regardless of ethnicity, culture, religious background, or anything else.
And yes, the name of Jesus is mentioned as we move forward, Messiah Jesus. This might be a stumbling block or even a stopping point for some.
I implore you, please read here for more information on why Jesus. Thank you!
Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:1-21 discusses being born again.
Additional scriptures regarding the necessity of receiving salvation: Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:11-15, Mark 9:43-48
So, back to John 3. When you, from the heart, not just words from your head and mouth:
- Admit that you are not perfect, that you sin. That you know you, in word and in deed, cannot do every single thing perfectly in this life here on earth, and that no matter how hard you try, we are all limited and will always fall short of God’s perfect standard of holiness.
- Ask God to forgive you of your sins. Lord, I am a sinner. I know I am a sinner. I admit I am a sinner. We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. Does this make sense to you? (If you would like further information on this sin concept, please click this sentence to go to the dirty pitcher analogy along with tons more information on this. Thank you!)
- Believe that Jesus died on the cross for YOU (grasping the reality that Jesus IS the FINAL atonement, the propitiation.) No more covering, no more bartering, no more pleading with God to give you one more chance. You have that chance, it is finished. It has been done for you. Will you seize it?
- Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Then, you are now born again and have become heir to the greatest inheritance far beyond any other!
Fascinating that to create the animal skins, a cut had to be made in them, and blood was shed for them. In Hebrew it is kārat berît, which literally means “cut a covenant.” From the moment that they had sinned, God initiated His plan of redemption so they could be redeemed back to Him.
From the time that Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with fig leaves man has been trying many different avenues to cover themselves in such a way that he could somehow earn his way into heaven.
All through the ages right to the present, people have tried to earn a right into heaven or to be considered “good” by doing good things. Many sadly are resting in the false hopes that what they do is enough because they are “better” than someone else. Charity and good works, prayer, attending a synagogue or church, being “better” outwardly than someone else, believing that for someone who is Jewish, that ethnicity earns them a place in heaven, none of these are what God looks at.
God looks at the vessel, the human body He created. Has that person received salvation, the salvation that God in the Bible defines, through the savior the Bible defines, or have they not?
Some cite Genesis 4:7 to prove that we do not need salvation, we simply need to be good. “Is it not so that if you improve, it will be forgiven you? If you do not improve, however, at the entrance, sin is lying, and to you is its longing, but you can rule over it.”
Earnest and at times successful efforts at moral reformation are certainly noteworthy as some people fight to free themselves from the outward practice of a particular sin or sins. However, the concept of sin as Scripture details renders this admirable, but ineffective in earning right standing with God.
We can cast out sin from our nature as effectively as we can eliminate poison from our body by our own energy. If you have cancer, can you grit your teeth and will it to leave? Of course not. Just as Jeremiah 13:23 says “Will a Cushite (some translations say Ethiopian) change his skin, or a leopard his spots? So will you be able to improve, you who have become accustomed to do evil.”
So, following the Scriptures, if every single one of us actually deserves judgment from God, we should not get fixated on the question, why doesn’t God save everyone? The question really is, why does God save anyone?
An even deeper question is, why did you respond to this truth (if you did) when you heard it, but someone else who heard it, or read it, even the very same presentation at the same moment, did not respond to it? What was there in that one person that caused that person to respond positively while someone else rejected it?
I might think I am more intelligent than somebody else, but is that really it?
Some might think I am less intelligent than them and therefore I succumbed to something that they simply will not believe they have a need of.
Some might say that I recognized my need more than somebody else recognized his need, but even that recognition is a mixture of some level of intelligence along with humility, all of which actually are from God and are rooted in God.
I have to say just as Genesis 6:8 states, I cannot give any reason other than God’s grace for why I am saved. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Amen, so did I. What is so awesome, right after verse 8 where Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord, verse 9 “Noah was a righteous man he was perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.”
It was God who called Noah out, called him righteous, called him perfect, and Noah walked out that new identity that God had given him… Noah was enabled by God to walk with God. SO EXCITING!!!
Where do you stand right now?