An obvious murky miss. In John 3, we see a renowned teacher of the Old Testament come to Jesus. This is a man with formal Bible training who is notable in ability to teach. Considered a man of God who has understanding and insight to what the Bible says. Yet, there is a key error. It is both obvious and at the same time very discreet. This teacher, Nicodemus, comes to Jesus because he is intrigued by Jesus’ power and ability to teach (which Jesus has barely entered into). He knows Jesus must come from God and wants a conversation with Him. In the conversation, Jesus clearly lays out Nicodemus’s need to have a faith relationship with God. That he must be “born again” into the spiritual realm of heaven if he ever wants to enter. Now this is significant because Jesus has no formal biblical training; Nicodemus does. Jesus is not preaching from the pulpit on a regular basis and making sacrifices to God in the temple; Nicodemus is. By all marks of the time, Nicodemus was a man of God, a priest of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus’ first response to him is that Nicodemus is not saved. That he has missed the mark. How can that be? How could he be a prominent priest and not be saved. Because he was never “Born again.” He knew the Bible, but he didn’t know Jesus. He taught the Bible, made sacrifices to God, but he didn’t have faith.
How many of us today are guilty of entering into a routine of practicing religion, having never known Jesus? How many of us have assumed we are saved because of our good works? Our church attendance? The people we spend time with? The nature of being a good person? This is all can be practiced and done without faith. Jesus is clear on how to get to heaven, we must choose Him as Lord of our life. We must have a personal relationship with Him and turn from our sin; ask for forgiveness.
Philippians 2:10-13 - Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Have you worked out your faith with God in fear and trembling? Do you understand the significance of knowing if you are a child of God or if you are a fraud? Does you life reflect one that is submitted to God; with a transformative work in your heart?
My hope is not to get you second guessing your salvation. My hope is to help you see that we all fall into blindness from sin. Sometimes, people believe they are saved for all the wrong reasons. It is good for us to reflect, take time for introspection by looking under the hood. To evaluate if we have been living for self or living for God. We know that God desires for us to walk in relationship with Him. We know He will forgive us our sin if we ask (1 John 1:9) so we have no reason to continue or to hide what God already knows is there and is ready to forgive.
Romans 10:9-13 - because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Seek God to help you surrender:
- Take some time to reflect and stand before God as openly and honestly as you can. Seek forgiveness where you have sinned. Ask God to reveal any sin you have not confessed. Reaffirm your commitment to Him in faith as you again surrender yourself to Him as Lord of your life.