For a very long time, I never understood what being born again really meant. I remember when I was in secondary, there was a certain gentleman who really wanted me to be born again. He was really persuasive in that, he would tell me what to do and not what to do after being born again. I thought to myself , “ This born again thing is not cut out for me because I would fail just minutes after I confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.” So this really made it hard for me to have a zeal of being converted into a Christian because the way it was presented to me was that I should be careful what I do after being converted. This in a way, was interpreted that if I fail then I would lose my salvation.
This took me about 3 to 4 years to understand what salvation was, that was when I believed in my heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior. However, it still took me a while to understand this fascinating concept about Jesus giving me a new life. I’m walking in that space of understanding and it truly is a beautiful journey to travel in.
Colossians 2: 10-11 “ And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11_ in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” isn’t this just exceptional? After you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you are transferred from being incomplete to being complete. Lacking nothing; being born again causes me to have fullness. I may have been short of confidence before I was born again, and now that I am given this new life, this confidence is complete, is that what you would want? Incredible isn’t it? The body of sin has been nullified, it doesn’t exist anymore. Jesus took care of it.
We tend to hear this phrase from the lips of Christians, “I’m a sinner saved by Grace.” No, 100% no, you were a sinner, who is now saved by Grace. Jesus has dealt with the body of sin. If the young man who wanted me to be born again told me such good news, I would have really jumped for it. Knowing that someone loved me that much. I know someone might ask, “but even after I got born again, I still find myself sinning, does that mean Jesus didn’t really deal with my body of sin?”
Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,” isn’t this just beautiful, this is just to drive the point home to make it so evident that indeed the death of Jesus made wonders. We were planted in the likeness of His death. So that we might be in the likeness of his resurrection. God can not make it this evident and then after you get born again, then sin, then go back to having the body of sin. What would be the use of Jesus coming if His Grace would cover you until your next sin. I have really come to see that Jesus really vanquished our body of sin. Just as His word is perfect, His cleansing blood washes once and for all.
In my next article, I will elaborate on whether or not we should keep sinning now that we are born again and have no longer the body of sin.