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Do You Believe In God? (John 3:1-22)Bruce Whitehead, September 29, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
In this story we see that Jesus knew the condition of Nicodemus’ heart. He knew what was going to happen and how it was going to end. Nicodemus knew God but he didn’t believe on Jesus. This happens in todays time all over. Many of people know there is a god and will boldly claim they know god or even Jesus. But they don’t know them thru a personal relationship of salvation.
The spirit has to be manifest in you. You can’t be born again unless you’ve been called by the spirit of God. When Jesus for you to be saved, you will more than likely remember the time and quit possibly the place. Also in most times, you will not know when it’s coming and you won’t know when it will leave. It’s just like the breeze that blows. You can’t see it and you don’t know where it comes from.
Sometimes the spirit of God has to challenge us. It has to do this because it keeps us in check.
There are preachers standing in pulpits trying their best to show you who the Son of God is and yet people sit and will not know. God loved us so much that He sent His only son to this world. He wasn’t sent to condemn the world. Those that don’t believe condemn themselves. All we would have to do is to believe in Him.
Why don’t people want to believe in Jesus? Because it’s natural for people to love evil. People do things usually because they want something in return, greed. It’s easy to say and to think there is a god. It’s easy to say that you’re a good person. If God is all loving then He won’t send you to Hell. If you’re one of those that says that, then your deeds are evil and you can’t admit that they are. If you choose that at the time of your death then you have made your own decision to live in Hell for eternity.
Christ came and died for you because He loves you. God made a way of escape and you must choose it in order to go to Heaven.
Salvation is a personal thing. The day that He convicts you of your sins, it becomes personal. He comes to you and speaks to you. You may have attended church all your life and never seen Jesus as being lifted up. This might be your time, it might be that Jesus is calling your name.
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1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 22After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. (KJV)