Spring is Here!
Spring is such an exciting time for a gardener. Flowers are popping up everywhere; garden plans are on the forefront of the mind; the daylight time is lengthening; and birds are singing, and preparing their nests for the arrival of their offspring.
I suppose if I were to try and sum up spring in a single word it would be rebirth – a rebirthing of perennials, vegetation, gardens, and wildlife (or a life cycle continuation).
Spring is also symbolic of what many people experience spiritually.
A few weeks ago, someone asked me what I meant on Your Gardening Friend’s About page, where I mention, “I’m a born-again Christian…” Some of you are born-again Christians, so you know exactly what that means. For those who are not, I would LOVE to share and explain this.
When we’re physically born (our first birth) our spirit is dead, because of sin. Once we place our trust in Christ, our spirit is made alive in Christ (our second birth, or spiritual birth).
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
It doesn’t matter how good I think I am, my goodness is like a filthy rag to God. Trusting in my goodness is self-righteousness, or pride. If we could be good enough to bring about our own righteousness, then Christ’s death (who was also buried and resurrected) was pointless and unnecessary.
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;…”
But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;…
“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
However, God, in His amazing love, reaches out to us. IN SPITE of our rebellious hearts and our sinful condition, God provided a way for us to be in fellowship with Him. That way is Christ, His Son.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,…
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
To be a child of God, and have life everlasting, you must acknowledge your sinful condition and need for Christ’s righteousness. Simply place your faith COMPLETELY and ONLY in what Christ did. Christ paid the penalty IN FULL for your (and my) sins. (In the below verses, when the word Spirit is capitalized, it refers to God’s Spirit.)
And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. …unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
John 3:3 & 5b-6
“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.” “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 3:16 & 36
More Posts on This Topic
Who Can Enter Heaven? Read about this @ The Importance of One
Holly @ Your Gardening Friend in Autumn And Our Mortality
Michele @ Frugal Granola in Place Your Hand In His
Clint Baker @ The Redeemed Gardener in Unlocking the Lock
Clint Baker @ The Redeemed Gardener in Are You a “Good Person”?