I was finally brought to the fullness of what is most important about anyone’s faith, the Sovereignty of God. My life changed forever when, instead of acting like an arrogant fool commanding Christ to save me, God decided it was time for my election to be consummated. I had been told all my life that because I walked denial and told God to save me He obeyed, and I was saved. My life was filled with fear of living up to whatever “saved” was in the Arminian Baptist church I was in. I finally hit bottom in the guilt of thinking of what I had done in sin and the fact that I experienced no change in my life after doing what these “church leaders” told me to do to reach God myself. I was slowly killing myself when our Sovereign God gave me by Grace ALONE, NOT BY ANY THOUGHT, WORD or ACTION BY ME, a teachable heart in Regeneration when the seed of Jesus Christ’s Righteousness was planted by the Holy Spirit and WATERED by the Word unto Understanding in Faith…
John 3:3-8 (NASB) 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water (the WORD of God – John 4:10-14*) and the Spirit** he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
* WATER – John 4:10-14 (NASB) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
** The Spirit takes from the Son, His Glorious Righteousness (Character/Being) and places that seed in the Fallen Elect and he IS REGENERATED unto the ability to use FAITH (see the Spiritual Truths of God unclouded by the corruption of sin) and thus see his DEAD SOUL and the absolute inability or POVERTY OF SPIRIT, to commune with God in His Holiness in ANY WAY and the newly Regenerated begins to MOURN for his sins and turn from them in casting himself at the feet of the offended God
Matthew 5:3-4 (NASB) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (ALWAYS REMEMBER, the Beatitudes are a step by step “stairway to Heaven”, as it is a description of the successive states of being as Salvation progresses)
to cry out for mercy and Grace in Forgiveness in Christ’s Work on the Cross AND Righteousess to Obey the Moral Law of God which is Righteousness which is Christ’s very character which He lived His entire Life in the full practice of, not sinning EVER. Thus in addition to His Passive Obedience as He was sent to the Cross as OUR SUBSTITUTE, He was ALSO OUR SUBSTITUTE ALL HIS LIFE in obedience to the Law, for we needed not just to be declared Sinless, that just put us in the state of Sinners who had not sinned yet….we need RIGHTEOUSNESS or the VERY CHARACTER OF GOD required to come NEAR OUR GOD in the intimacy of Family …so Christ, after He had used the power of Holy Anointing by the Spirit at His Baptism (Christ=Anointed One), to endure all of God’s eternal wrath in 3 days, the sins past present and future were paid for but then only Christ’s heart was left as all else was done and God the Father looked upon His Life and saw ONLY OBEDIENCE TO THE MORAL LAW of God in fullness and thus DEATH CANNOT HOLD THAT WHICH IS THE STANDARD FOR LIFE…RIGHTEOUSNESS…..so Jesus was declared Righteous i.e. sinless AND Showing in His perfect Obedience, a Character identical to God’s WHICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS…..and thus His Righteousness is passed to His Adopted Brothers and Sisters given to Him from the Father to Save/Sanctify unto GLORIFICATION IN THE END which is the Beginning of The Sinless and Perfect New Heavens and the New Earth! We Go through 1) Regeneration (seed planted and Faith becomes possible 2) Conversion – Exercise Faith in acknowledgement of Spiritual endowments of Christ’s Righteousness in seed form…Repentance and Faith begin! 3) Justification – One is declared by God the Father, SINLESS and RIGHTEOUS LEGALLY in Christ Jesus by God the Father. WE are still going to sin but when the Father looks upon us, He sees Jesus’ Sinlessness and Righteousness, for HE IS THE GUARANTEE THAT THE PROCESS WILL BE COMPLETED! But we have the rest of our lives, long or short, to learn through…. 4) Sanctification – This is the gradual process by which we are imbued with more and more of Christ’s Righteousness and thus made more and more free from sin, LEARNING THE APPRECIATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (God’s Character of Love, Justice, Grace, Mercy, Peace etc) like NO OTHER CREATURE CREATED which is God’s plan in making us His FAMILY! 5) Glorification- At Christ’s return in the Day of Judgment, He will come to separate those of the Sheep and those of the Goats. We ill be given Glorified Bodies and the fullness of Christ’s Righteousness granted unto us to complete the entirety of our being and this Righteousness, like the Glorified Angels, will be permanent and not subject to vascillation in ANY WAY, but will be resplendent unto God’s Glory and grow in magnitude for all eternity as we Glorify Him on the New Earth, FREE OF SIN’s Stain forever, as the last enemy to be vanquished at His coming on that Day will be DEATH, which ONLY comes through the Sin that will be consumed in the Awesome Justice of the Consuming Fire of God in Holiness!
, and thus my life began from death.
–John 6:44 (ESV) 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
With this new nature I was finally able to hear Christ’s command to Follow Me:
–Matthew 8:22 (ESV) 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”