BRAINERD’S NEW BIRTH

John 3:3 ¶ Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

When Jesus shared this word to Nicodemus, “You must be born again”, Nicodemus had no idea what the Lord was saying. He replied, “How can I enter into my mother’s womb to be born again?” Jesus went on to share the greatest of all words, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. This word is still the most important of all words. Have you been born again? I am not asking you if you have prayed the prayer, if you go to church, or even are you a member of a church. Have your eyes been opened to your need of a Savior? Has Christ come into your life? Are you experiencing the fruit that accompanies salvation. This new birth experience was at the heart of the Great Awakening. David Brainerd’s testimony is a great example of true conversion. Here is a portion of his testimony.

“I stood still, wondered, and admired! I knew that I never had seen before anything comparable to it for excellency and beauty; it was widely different from all the conceptions that ever I had of God, or things divine. I had no particular apprehension of any one Person in the Trinity, either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost; but it appeared to be divine glory. My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable to see such a God, such a glorious Divine Being; and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied that He should be God over all forever and ever. My soul was so captivated and delighted with the excellency, loveliness, greatness, and other perfections of God, that I was ever swallowed up in Him….Thus God, I trust, brought me to a hearty disposition to exalt Him and set Him on the throne, and principally and ultimately to aim at His honor and glory, as King of the universe….I felt myself in a new world, and everything about me appeared with a different aspect from what it was wont to do.”
Brainerd was transformed by the new birth experience. He saw God, himself, and his whole world from different eyes. That goes back to what Jesus said, if you are not born again you can’t see the kingdom of God. But the good news is this, when you are born again your whole view is drastically and permanently changed. So I ask the question again, have you been born again? If you have, you will know without a doubt. If you haven’t, it is time to call on the name of the Lord.

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