WASH AND DRESS THE CORPSE

WASH AND DRESS THE CORPSE

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Today, I am going to open a huge can of worms. You see, I think many people who say they are “saved”, “born again”, or call themselves Christians really have no clue about spiritual things. Many have been told, “repeat after me…” and now you are saved. That is really no different than praying religious prayers from memory, we have all been there and done that. No, it takes more than repeating a prayer (even though it sometimes happens that way). We have to make contact with God; or should I say He has to make contact with us. Being born again is at the very center of our Christian faith. What is it? It is man in his fallen nature experiencing the life of God in his soul. Salvation is actually an infusion of God Himself into our being. It is not a casual prayer of repetition, it is an encounter with God Almighty. When that happens, your life begins to change. Charles Spurgeon was a great soul winner in London in the 1800’s, here is what he says about being born again.

“… we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are born again, for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being born again, is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. The 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. Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other.”

Have you ever tried to “wash and dress the corpse”? All of us have tried some version of it. No matter how good it looks it still stinks (unless it has been embalmed). No, we have to be born of the Spirit, there is simply no other way. So let me ask you, are you born again? Is Jesus alive in your life? If not, call upon His name. Get real with God and He will become real to you.

2 Replies to “WASH AND DRESS THE CORPSE”

  1. HALLELUJAH, YES, YES, YES, LORD MAKE ME THE MIRROR IMAGE OF YOU MORE AND MORE AS I SEEK YOU. GREAT TEACHING ABOUT THAT FROM PASTOR ZACH LAST NIGHT. BLESSINGS PASTOR, FRANK. THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR SPIRIT TO KEEP ME IN CONTROL, ALONE WITH THE NINE FRUITS THAT GO WITH YOUR SPIRIT. I NEED YOU ALL THE TIME, CAN’T DO IT ON MY OWN. WHAT A SAVIOUR.

  2. My parents raised us Baptist at a young age but fell away because of no real encounter. At age of eight I remember of no more going to church. Did not know what it was all about anyway. My surroundings from that time was what most people would call a life headed for trouble. You name it I experienced it. That road led me to a place of no hope and a whisper of self destruction. The state I was in was California at the time and I had had enough. I did not want to die but all other roads were closed to me. But mysteriously as I approached what it felt like the end was people in diffrent settings speaking to me about heaven and Jesus. There was one individual who took a likeing to me because of her own struggles that God used to lead me to a place that I did not want to go. That place is where I heard for the first time my situation being called out and that Jesus wanted to reveal himself to me I was so moved in my heart to come and give myself to him. But all I did was walk up and than for the first time I felt His presence and cried so good and when I was finished things in small doses began to shift. People in my life either died or went to jail. I was stuck on Jesus and so intrested of what happened to me. I started out with only one hope of a job because before Christ I went through many and led me to cutting grass at 30 years old with a warrant out for arrest. Upon being saved and experiencing his presence and for the first time that there was Christian radio station and followers after Jesus. It was hard to let loose and mingle because I was scared out of my mind. I never felt love like that before. People were trying to know me and love me. My heart was still so stony but God had a plan of getting to it and it was ugly. He used a carrot to lure me in closer. That carrot wad used to kill this flesh and expose what was hidden that even I did not know was there because I would run when challenges would arise for my growth if that makes sense. The process is hard to explain to but into words but I can tell you the fruit of it. I speak in an unkown tounge that leads me straight into his presense and I have an understanding of this spiritual life in Christ. I have two young boys a beautiful sold out wife for Christ who loves to walk in forgiveness and another baby boy on the way. I have and love my jop as a ups service provider. All I want now is to give up more of me and to lead my little ones to there day of awakening. And to love my wife like he loved us. That is my goal my desire. I fail but that is my cry. He put that cry in me. It was not there before. He is doing this and I am learning not to make it so difficult. Learning to rest and trust what he says about all that’s around me. He chose me I did not choose him. There is a scripture that says no one can come to Jesus unless the father enable him. And no one can come to the father but only through Jesus. YOUR RIGHT ONE HAS TO HAVE A TESTAMONY OF AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS.

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