2 Peter 3:11-12 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” NASB
We asked the title question in the last devotional and asserted that there were three types of people we should be and could be. That is not exhaustive but those three afford a beautiful picture of who we can be, should be, and God desires us to be.
We Ought to Be a Regenerated People. – – Saved, Born Again.
We should indulge in a measure of ‘Self-Examination’ to see if we are truly in the faith, regenerate and born again. Forgiven! Are we? How do we or how can we know? Some suggest that you cannot not and can only hope but I believe the Bible disagrees with that position and affords us means by which we can know that we are in the Beloved and Forgiven.
We do not know through experience or ritual alone. I know some people who embrace a very high standard of morality that are not born-again believers. I know some people who go to church every time the doors are open but have never confessed their sin and asked God’s forgiveness. Jesus said in John 3:5-7 – “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water 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 marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”
Nicodemus was a ruler or leader in Israel. He had many years of experience. He could quote long passages from the Old Testament canon of Scripture. He was faithful in attendance to the synagogue. He would be considered a religious man in any age. He was Religious but Lost! Sadly, there are countless numbers of people today who are in the same condition and believe that church membership and self-imposed morality will earn them access to heaven. They believe they are qualified based on what they do or do not do. Jesus taught the need to be ‘born-again’ or receive forgiveness and grace.
I am convinced that it is possible and should be the objective of every person to have all doubt removed from their hearts as to their relationship with God. I am convinced that God wants us to know that we are Saved. Let me offer these passages for confirmation of that declaration:
Romans 8:16-17 – “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.”
1 John 3:14 – “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”
1 John 5:19 – “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
He has promised us that if we come to Him in true repentance, He will receive us and not cast us aside. Therefore, We ought to be a Regenerated People. I am going to pause here and take up a second character trait in the next devotional but pause here and allow this to soak in and bring new hope to your heart.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!