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Three "Musts"

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The Three "Musts"

John 3:7, 14, 30 (NKJV)

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

THE word "must" is surely unpopular nowadays. Neither children nor adults like to be told what they must do. Yet there are certain compulsions in God's Word, and there is no way around them. They must be met if we are going to obey God!

Three of these "musts" occur in John 3
- There is one for the sinner
- one for the Savior, and
- one for the saint.

There is first the compulsion of conversion: "Ye must be born again"

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

There must be a new life if we are to be saved, for the old life ends in physical and—worst case—spiritual death. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" and "they that are in the flesh cannot please God," for "the carnal mind is enmity against God." The only way to get into the kingdom of God is to be born into it. One cannot merely take naturalization papers and get in! One may learn French, live in France, speak French and still not be a Frenchman. So one may know doctrine and even work in the church, but not be a Christian! It takes more than knowing the Constitution to make one an American, and it takes more than knowing theology to be a Christian.

The new birth is mysterious

John 3:7-8 (NKJV)

7 Do not marvel 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 cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

it is the work of the Holy Spirit using the Word

Titus 3:5 (NKJV)

5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

James 1:18 (NKJV)
18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

1 Peter 1:23 (NKJV)
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

On our part, the means is faith

Galatians 3:26 (NKJV)

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

The new birth is manifested in a new creation

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

in love

1 John 3:14 (NKJV)

14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

1 John 4:7 (NKJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

in victory over sin

1 John 3:9 (NKJV)

9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

1 John 5:18 (NKJV)
18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

in righteous living

1 John 2:29 (NKJV)

29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

in overcoming the world

1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.


Then there is the compulsion of Calvary: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up"

John 3:14 (NKJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

If we must be born again, there must be a way provided by which to receive eternal life. So God sent His only begotten Son. If there could have been salvation some other way, God would have been cruel to choose the way of the cross. But it behooved Christ to suffer, and He Himself said, "Ought not Christ to have suffered these things?"

Luke 24:26 (NKJV)
26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"

If it was so important that Christ had to die, then woe unto us if we disregard it!


Finally, there is the compulsion of consecration:
John the Baptist said, "He must increase, but I must decrease"

John 3:30 (NKJV)
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

The believer must die to self, reckon himself dead indeed unto sin, deny himself, count himself crucified with Christ that Christ may fill his life and be all in all. The Christian is only the friend of the Bridegroom, and his delight is in hearing the Bridegrooms voice. This means more than the mere giving up of amusements, money, time: it means renouncing one's own will and self. Peter forsook his nets and boat on his first call; it was quite a while before he gave up himself.

Said George Müller: "There was a day when I died—utterly died to George Müller, his opinions, preferences, will; died to the world, its approval or censure."
Luther used to smite his breast and say, "Martin Luther does not live here: Jesus Christ lives here."

These are God's compulsions. Between conversion and consecration stands Christ, and He is the key to both.
We are saved by simply believing and receiving Him; we are consecrated as we yield to Him and are able to say, "Not I, but Christ."

Reflections on the Gospels by Vance Havner
 
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@Dave M.

I tried to edit but it was timed out, so here is what I hoped to add.

Explain more brother, maybe I am missing something.

I am me, you are you. When we die as saved believers, our spirit and soul goes back to God, our body back to the dust of the earth.

When we are resurrect and receive our new Glorious bodies, you are still Dave M, I am still brother-paul.

Same people, new creation but that happened when we were born again and still have save DNA on earth, therefore if our glorious bodies have blood, and we know what Jesus' glorious body was like, surely we will still have the same DNA.

I am wondering if I have misunderstood something.

Bless you.
 
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hey Brother just saying when we get born again we are transformed the old has past away. We now have Jesus spirit living in us the holly spirit (dna) just a term using to describe are old nature is not no longer in control.

Dna is what makes up a human being, so I am just saying we get new DNA Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords DNA to replace our old DNA. When we get the new DNA Jesus Spirit the Holly Spirit we are transformed !!!
 
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hey Brother just saying when we get born again we are transformed the old has past away. We now have Jesus spirit living in us the holly spirit (dna) just a term using to describe are old nature is not no longer in control.

Dna is what makes up a human being, so I am just saying we get new DNA Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords DNA to replace our old DNA. When we get the new DNA Jesus Spirit the Holly Spirit we are transformed !!!

Thanks for taking time to explain your thoughts brother.

Bless you
 

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