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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Ye Must Be Born Again

by Robert Brock

Monday, June 10

Ye Must Be Born Again

John 3:1-6

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” John 3:3.

Jesus was talking to a teacher of the Law, who was the master of a school like Paul’s teacher, Gamaliel. As a Pharisee, he believed three things would get him a front-row seat into the kingdom of Heaven: circumcision, being a descendant of Abraham and possession of the Law. Jesus statement in John 3:3 was confusing to such an astute leader. Jesus then illustrated entrance into the kingdom of God with childbirth. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?…he that came down from heaven…even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:6, 12-15).

Jesus taught Nicodemus that the Son of God was born the Son of Man, born once onto the earth in order that Nicodemus could be born twice, born of earthly humans and then born of a heavenly parent into Heaven.

Those who accept Jesus as Savior are born twice. They only die once, then, the resurrection. Those who refuse Jesus’ offer of salvation are born once, but they die twice. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,” (Revelation 20:6). The lost are resurrected after Jesus’ thousand-year reign, judged and forever cast into the lake of fire which is the second death.

THOUGHT “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Like Nicodemus, religion will not get us into the kingdom. Jesus is the Door.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Love Began with God

by Robert Brock

Saturday, June 8

Love Began with God

John 3:14-18

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:16, 17.

C.S. Lewis lived from 1898 to 1963. His tombstone bares one of his greatest prose: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” God’s love is like that. When we see the world as God sees it, we are looking through scarlet-colored glasses. When Jesus asked His Father to forgive us in our ignorance, God looked at the world through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). When Jesus returns for us, He will be wearing a scarlet robe symbolizing His sacrifice to cover our sins, and we will be wearing white robes symbolizing His righteousness.

David said God’s love is like the sun’s rays in the morning. It claims everything it touches. He created everything. He purchased everything with His most valuable possession, His Son’s sacrifice. Thus, by right of creation and by right of purchase God owns everything. The greatest gift of all is love. Because of His love we possess faith and hope—the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13; Romans 5:5).

THOUGHT: Since God is love, all the love ever experienced in the history of the world has its source in God.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Absolute Necessity of Being Born Again

by Robert Brock

Sunday, June 2

The Absolute Necessity of Being Born Again

John 3:1-7

“That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not 
that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again,” John 3:5-7.

In 1959 military basic training, all soldiers were issued a free Gideon New Testament. It was used to measure rolled up socks and underclothes for foot locker inspection. Some soldiers kept their New Testament hidden for fear of the heathen element. After the Holy Spirit convicted me, I decided to come out of the darkness, behave and act civilized. Soon soldiers were coming to me asking counsel for their problems and personal baggage. I did the best I could to help. However, I finally admitted to God, I had no idea what I was doing. It was a curious thing, like Nicodemus; they all came in privately, ashamed to be identified with a Christian. With the Holy Spirit’s help, some finally went public with Jesus’ name and felt better for it. For fear of other Pharisees, Nicodemus was a secret disciple. However, after the crucifixion, he and Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus body in Joseph’s tomb. Secret discipleship often shows shame because of peer pressure. “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38).

Being born again is a matter of the heart. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).

THOUGHT: Quietly saying grace in a public restaurant is a test of Christian character.

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