Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten usagain to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
God has begotten us again or we havebeen born again by God.
First of all, I want to talk about New Birth
Jesus talks about Born again experience to Nicodemus.
He was a teacher, he is also a member of Sanhedrin ( a group of people working for the spiritual welfare of Israel), and he is a Pharisee(who interpret the laws)
John3:10 ‘The Teacher’
Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things’ TheTeacher: He is the one of the most powerful teacher among teachers in Israel.Here the word ‘THE’ used as a definite article which is very important.
John4:23 ‘In Spirit’
Samaritan women said, you Jews, worshipping The Lord in Zion, But Samarians worship The Lord in this mountain ( Gerizim )
Then Jesus Said: But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Here, the word ‘The’ is Missing, Jesus was talking about human spirit, the real you, not The Holy Spirit God. ‘You must worship the Lord from your innermost being’.
Jesus Asked to Nicodemus
You Being the Teacher of Israel, don’t you know about being born again?
John3:5 Water and the Spirit
Verily Verily, Amen Amen all these phrases used in Bible, is with same meaning.
We say Amen after prayer, which means that the person saying ‘Amen’ approves the prayerand that whatever the prayer said is true.
But Jesus starts with “AMEN AMEN” meaning whatever I am going to say is true and it is going to happen , no doubt. We pray by closing our eyes, whenever Jesus prayed he open his eyes and look at his father and prayed.
The interpretation that I Believe: Ephesians 5:25-26
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
Here, water symbolizes the Word of God. You are born again by the word of God and spirit of God.
Popular interpretation of the word ‘water’ inthe above verse is water baptism.
WaterBaptism has no power to give you salvation. Water baptism will never bring anyone to heaven. Then why we need water baptism?
Definition of water Baptism:
Outwardexpression of inward transformation: You are testifying God, in front of heavenand this world that I became child of God.
Old Testament and New Testament
Old Testament: God has given a covenant, covenant of circumcision; it is a shadow of new covenant, ‘son ship’.
Definition: Removing the foreskin of male organ, inside out. You are under new authority. It is a sign of ownership. God is your master.
New Testament: Circumcision represents Salvation inside out, testifying (demonstrating) the salvation by Baptism.
Then how people will know that you a child of God?
People will know you by your fruits. John 3:8
Natureof wind is ‘windy’ it blows; we can see the nature but not the wind.
We cannot understand anybody by seeing their physical appearance if they are born again or not but our character, by our nature, by our dealings with others will know that we are children of God. Likewise we can understand that the wind is blowing this way by seeing the movement of trees or leafs.
One preacher from America said: This world is not going to read Mathew, Mark, Lukeand John, but they will read ‘you’ the 5th Gospel.
Blessedbe the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for his great mercy
Do we earn salvation? if we earn salvation, we have the responsibility to protect the salvation It is gift of god, You were in Gods mind before he laid the foundation of the earth. See how precious you are for God?
God shows great mercy upon New Testament people, is it true? Yes it is.
Is old testament God is the God of wrath? No
Old Testament and New testament God is same. His character never has changed, andnever will.
His attitude towards Sin has never changed, but his attitude towards sinner had changed by the death of his son on the cross once for all.
Death of hisson on the cross for the sinners enabled God to accept sinners? He lovessinners but he does not like sin.
God Loves Us Unconditionally
He loves me but he doesn’t like many things in my life? that is called unconditional/ agape / sacrificial/ nonreciprocal love.
John 3:16 God loves us unconditionally
God loves the world, and give his only begotten son to save the world.
God’s Great mercy has begotten us, we became the member of his family. Father God has blessed you with all heavenly Blessings.
- Living Hope
- Inheritancein Heaven
- Protection under Holy spirit God
Peter was a fisher man, staying at the lake side of Bethsaida; He did not have anyhope for the future, one day Jesus stepped in to his life.
Jesus said: Simon I will make you ‘fishers of men’. Thereafter his life has changed. Now his life has a purpose. Walking with Jesus , seeing wonders and miracle, waiting for the kingdom of God, Believed in Jesus promises.But without fulfilling any promises Jesus died on the cross. He lost his hope again.
After 3 days again Jesus walked into his life, Resurrection of Jesus has given him power and authority. Jesus rose up from death as he said, Peter believed in Jesus because ,he rose up from death as he said. Jesus fulfilled the promise.
So he wrote:
We have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the death.
A property, or money or any kind of possession passing to the heir after the death of the owner.
Everything on this earth will fade one day, your health, pleasure, money, property, relationship with people
2 peter 3:10,11
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with agreat noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
Conduct is the Fruits of your character
Godliness meaning is likeness of God. Do not be amaterialistic person but have a spiritual minded man.
Kept by thepower of God
You are heavenly bounded but earthly grounded to do God’s will on this earth, God has a great expectation from you,only you can do your roll.
You can lean on to God, not to any president, money, your boss, your job or your spouse.
You are in the Lord, Protection is there in the Lord,provision is there in the Lord, promises is there in the Lord.
He is Your MASTER, DIRECTOR, HE IS NOT ONLY THE REDEEMER BUTHE IS THE MAINTAINER TOO. HE IS YOUR HEAD. YOU ARE IN THE LORD.
God is keeping you on this earth by his power, for ultimate salvation.
Here we may have some kind of confusion. Peter had written this letter to the children of God. Who had been saved already.
There are 3 stages in Salvation.
You are saved already from the Grip of sin. You are redeemed from the yoke of sin.
Yoke meaning ,directing device. We were under the influence of this world.
Youare away from the grip of sin but not away from the power of sin, it is there in our old nature.
You will be away from the presence of sin (Glorification)
Bible uses three words:( Redemption ,Sanctification, Glorification)to explain the process of three stages ofsalvation.
We have been born again in God’s family, So we have living hope, and inheritance in heaven which is not faded and incorrupted, Father in Heaven is sustaining us on this earth under his power, or you are sustained by Holy Spirit God for ultimate salvation which is ready to revealed in the at the revelation of JesusChrist.
How much you are obedient to the spirit in you, that much you will be sanctified. Your transformation determines your position in Heaven.