YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

By

Shelby G. Floyd

You Must Be Born Again

It is a great blessing when a new birth takes place in a family. The congregation has been blessed by the birth of a new baby boy in recent weeks. We have observed the joy and happiness this brings to the family. In the same way, when one is “born again” or “born from above,” there is great joy in heaven and on earth among the people of God. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5).

BORN INTO THREE KINGDOMS

Have you been born into God’s kingdom? We enter every kingdom by birth. We are all now citizens of the kingdom of nature. How did we enter that kingdom? We entered the kingdom of nature by a physical birth. It made natural beings out of us because we live in a natural kingdom. The church is the kingdom of God. It’s a spiritual kingdom. How do we enter into that kingdom? We enter the spiritual kingdom of God by a spiritual birth of water and of the Spirit. What kind of beings does it make out of us? It makes beings correspondent to the constitution of that kingdom. It makes gracious beings out of us because we are saved by the grace of God. And finally, one of these days when Jesus comes back again our bodies are going to be resurrected out of the grave. Jesus, by His resurrection, is said to be the firstborn of the dead. If He’s the firstborn, then that implies that others will follow. When we’re born from the dead, it will be a birth of and from the grave. The birth from the grave will induct us into the everlasting kingdom. This will be the heavenly state. What kind of beings will it make out of us? Our nature will be correspondent to the nature of that kingdom. We will be glorious beings not subject to death. We will have a spiritual body. We will see Jesus as He really is. We’ll be like Him. We’ll share in His glory. A natural birth makes natural beings. It brings us into a natural kingdom. A spiritual birth makes us spiritual beings and brings us into a spiritual kingdom and a glorious birth will make glorious beings out of us and will conduct us into a glorious kingdom—heaven itself. The new birth into the kingdom of God is a connecting vestibule between the kingdom of nature and the kingdom of glory. You need to participate in it. The new birth is not an option. Jesus also said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Continue reading “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN”

The Powerful Word

By

Shelby G. Floyd

In a day when man has been able to harness the tremendous physical power of nature, it is easy for some men to disparage the power of the word of God. Since man is able to speak and communicate with his fellow man, it is reasonable to believe that God has spoken, to his creatures. In time past, God spoke to the people by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1).

God Has Spoken To Man by Christ
Since God has spoken to man, are there any power, force and influence in what he has to say? The power of the word of God is seen in the various figures of speech that are applied to the word. Its power of life is compared to that of a seed (Luke 8: 11; Acts 6: 7).  Its great power to combat evil and to defend the truth is compared to that of a sword (Eph. 6: 17).  Its power to dispel darkness and enlighten human understanding is compared to that of a lamp and a light (Psalms 119:105).  Its great power to bring about spiritual growth is compared to that of the rain and the dew (Deuteronomy 32: 1-2). Continue reading “The Powerful Word”