This is a continuation of the devotion posted on the 17th of October 2018 (Are you born again?)
The signs of being born again are clear. Professing you are born again without living out these signs is merely deceiving yourself. Jesus says “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples…” From the first epistle of John, we identify these six great marks of a born again.
The first we considered was: No Habitual Sinning. Today as we will continue by looking into the second sign.
Believing in Christ
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (I John 5:1).
A man who is born again, or regenerated, believes that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour who can pardon his soul, that He is the divine person appointed by God the Father for this very purpose, and beside Him there is no Saviour at all. In himself, he sees nothing but unworthiness. But he has full confidence in Christ, and trusting in Him, he believes that his sins are all forgiven. He believes that, because he has accepted Christ’s finished work and death on the cross, he is considered righteous in God’s sight, and he may look forward to death and judgment without alarm.
He may have fears and doubts. He may sometimes tell you that he feels as if he had no faith at all. But ask him if he is willing to trust in anything instead of Christ, and see what he will say. Ask him if he will rest his hope of eternal life on his own goodness, his own works, his prayers, his minister, or his church, and listen to his reply. What would the apostle say about you? Are you born again?
Prayer: Father thank you for giving me Jesus, help me trust you more and more. Amen