The Gospel is simple. Nicodemus, a religious man who was intrigued by Jesus’ ministry, visited Jesus in secret and Jesus taught him what salvation was. You can read this story in John 3:1-21. When we read the text for what it is, we notice a few things about salvation.
First, one must be born again of the Spirit to even see the kingdom of God. Without first being born again, we are only people of the flesh unable to see anything other than flesh. People born of the flesh are flesh. So, we must be born of the Spirit. Without this new birth, we can’t see God’s kingdom or genuinely believe in Jesus Christ. This new birth is brought about by the Spirit because it is of the Spirit. Later in John’s Gospel, John would record Jesus as saying, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father” (John 6:65). This teaching was so difficult that most of the people following Jesus went a different way (v. 66). Without new birth brought about by the Spirit alone, no one can even see God’s kingdom. Jesus described the movement of the Spirit like the wind. It blows where it pleases and we do not know where it is going or coming from. This was Jesus’ basic and constant teaching during His bodily ministry on this earth.
Second, the salvation of those who are born again of the Spirit is accomplished through the exaltation and sacrifice of the Son. Everyone who believes in the Son, Jesus Christ, has eternal life. Everyone who does not is “already condemned” according to the text. The Son was sent to save, not to condemn.
Third, by our nature, we reject the light. Those who come into the light, their works are revealed to have been accomplished by God. According to Jesus, God is the one who accomplishes this work within us. Those who are born again believe in Jesus and their work is shown to be accomplished by God.
Are you born again? Has the Spirit given you a new heart and drawn you to belief in Jesus, or is your belief in Jesus self-initiated? One of these paths produces true faith accomplished by God alone. One of these paths produces only human religion and not a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. In one process God unapologetically receives all of the glory. In the other, we pridefully assume that we actually have something to offer God. Is the Holy Spirit drawing you to Christ today?
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
If you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess sincerely that Jesus is Lord then Scripture guarantees your salvation in Christ alone. Please let us know that you have received this salvation by contacting us. We will help to get you plugged into a local church and help disciple you so that you also might make disciples.