Have you Strapped on Your Parachute?

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, Running the Race, The Bible
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Cover of "The Evidence Bible"

Cover of The Evidence Bible

I was reading through my copy of the Evidence Bible which is a fantastic evangelistic tool that any Christian who wishes to become a soul saver for Christ should get right now when I read the note on

 

 

Questions and Objections: “I have been born again many times.”

At the end it said the following and I couldn’t have stated it any better: the difference between believing in Jesus and being Born Again is like believing in a parachute and putting one on. The difference will be seen when you jump. Evidence Bible Pg. 1343

In Romans 13:10-14 it says the following (Emphasis is mine):

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law. 11 Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep,  for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.

Love is the the fulfillment of the Law.

Jesus gave us a new commandment which is really a repeat of an old commandment just before He changed the Law on the Cross forever.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

The question is how do you do that?

Especially now that the time to make a difference in our eternal destination is rapidly running out.

Note that it mentions that His coming is closer than when we first believed, this doesn’t mean simply His Glorious Appearing but His Coming to call His Bride, the Church out of the Earth. This even called the Rapture for a very very long time, and taught as being Pre-Tribulation by Jesus, Paul and the Holy Spirit through Paul, has no precursor signs that need to take place.

Notice that Paul continues saying it’s not enough to believe, no you need to PUT ON CHRIST!

This is literal, John talks about it with Nicodemus in Chapter 3 of His Gospel:

3 Jesus replied, “ I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 “But how can anyone be born when he is old? ” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born? ”  5 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born  again. 8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

What is being Born Again?

It is being Born from Heaven. Being Born from Heaven is Being Born of the Spirit.

It is going from believing to doing. No longer are you holding onto Christ, you’re putting Him ON.

When you are Born Again God sees you as if you are WEARING Jesus Christ. He sees you as crucified WITH CHRIST and now living your life IN CHRIST.

What is being Born of Water?

The way I’ve always understood it is that being born of water meant physical birth. Being born into physical life with my dead spirit inside, you being physically born with your dead spirit inside.

Obviously you must be physically alive to be guided to Christ by the Holy Spirit and have a chance at being Born of the Spirit, or Born Again.

Being Born Again is a Must

Being Born again is a REQUIREMENT for Heaven and the New Heavens and the New Earth. It’s not a suggestion, or something that might be good, it is something that has to be done.

False Gospel

If you are told that you need to put on your parachute because it will improve your flight you might test that theory for awhile, find it to be a bunch of lies and toss it to the floor never to pick it up again.

This is what happens when the Gospel, and Christ sacrifice, and sin and Hell are not taught when bringing someone to Christ. The general pitchline of this false gospel is this: “God has a wonderful plan for your life. If you accept His gift now He’ll give you love, peace and happiness. Would you like to accept His gift now and say a prayer of redemption so that you can know you are saved?”

Of course most will, sounds great, but it’s entirely unbiblical. Christians are promised a rough ride of it, a narrow rocky path, people will despise and hate us. Why do you think so many use the above pitch for sharing the Gospel, because how could anyone accept the reality of Christianity.

True Gospel

What we need to do is tell them to put on the Parachute because they’re going to have to jump out of the plane.

“Good morning! Do you have a few moments? Do you think you’re generally a good person? So you think that you’re okay…alright who are you comparing yourself to? Oh alright I see, you’re better than a thief or murderer, what if I told you that you’re being compared to the goodness of God? It’s true, you see there’s this set of rules…oh you know them. You do seem like a nice man have you ever thought of another woman other than your girlfriend or wife with lust in your mind? Then you have committed adultery according to Jesus Christ, have you ever stolen anything, even if it’s only a paperclip…then you are also a thief. Have you ever told a lie, and so called white lies count. We can stop here is you want to, in that case you’re a thieving adulterous liar, and have broken at the very least three of the Ten Commandments, do you know what the penalty for that is? Hell that’s right. God cannot allow sin into His presence so you would end up in Hell. However, there’s good news, God provided a way out. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross for you, to take that wrath for you, to suffer the death you should have. It’s a done deal, all that is in question is whether you will accept what He’s already done for you. If you do accept this gift, if you repent of your sins and meet Christ at the Cross, then God will forgive you By His Grace through the Faith He gave you to believe. Would you like to pray to God now? I’ll tell you how, but you need to do it for yourself.”

I don’t lead people in the Sinner’s Prayer, I think the Sinner should pray his prayer of Salvation no matter how simple it might be. It will be from their heart.

You notice in the second presentation of the Gospel I took the person asked about his thoughts, told him of Sin, showed him his sin through a few commandments. Showed him his way to salvation, and he asked how to pray to accept that salvation.

He puts on Christ, because he wants to escape the danger to come.

So have you truly accepted Christ, Have you really put Him on, or have you still refused to put on your parachute.

Putting on Christ is the only way to be saved.

 

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