been taught that once you are "saved"
or "born-again" you had your ticket to
heaven. According to scripture that is not so.
Unless (possibly) you were to die at that moment.
You must "live" the doctrine!
Once we are
"born again," "begotten" or
"saved" the Holy Spirit's influence is
upon us. Our values change, our feeling towards
God and other people will change. We are now
ready to begin the road to "salvation"
and the possibility of becoming born-again of the
spirit upon our resurrection. This is
accomplished through the process of living the
doctrine, practicing the Godly walk that Jesus
showed us. To live as a Christian, not just
profess the doctrine but to live the doctrine, as
much as possible. We still will fall short and
fail from time to time but God forgives us when
we confess our sin and ask forgiveness... AND
TRULY MEAN IT IN OUR HEART we are heaven bound!
It's not the movement of the lips, making words
but the spiritual feeling. To my knowledge, God
doesn't care about the formation of words, HE
looks to the heart!
this verse... 1st John,
Chapter 3, Verse 9... "Whosoever is
born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed
remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he
is born of God." That is a source of
confusion for some because even though you may
have had a "born again" experience, or
as I call it, a "begotten" experience,
you can still sin! Even though you are
"saved," "born again" or
"begotten" you can still sin. We are able
to sin as long as we are in this flesh body... Not until we are born
again of the spirit upon resurrection are we
incapable of sin. Therefore, "born
again" may be referenced to the born again
experience while still in this body or born again of the spirit
upon the resurrection, allowing us to enter
context in which today's
"born again" means a rebirth or birth
of the spirit while in this
are born of human beings, we are born into human life as Jesus said
in verse 5, below, in red.
first part of the lesson I will use the New
Living Translation which is
in modern language but based on the King James
John 3:3 Jesus
replied, I tell you the truth, unless
you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of
God. 4 What do
you mean? exclaimed Nicodemus. How
can an old man go back into his mothers
womb and be born again? 5 Jesus replied, I
assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God
without being born of water and the Spirit 6
Humans can reproduce only human life, but the
Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.
7 So dont be surprised when I say,
You must be born again. 8 The wind
blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the
wind but cant tell where it comes from or
where it is going, so you
cant explain how people are born of the
same verse, 5, Jesus says that the Holy Spirit
gives birth to spiritual
life. Therefore, we are
"born-again." We are born of the
spirit. It is a memorable experience!
You will know that something is very different!
We are born again as a new creature... a new
read the same scripture in the original
King James Version...
3 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.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born
when he is old? can he enter the second time into
his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered,
Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it
listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it
goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
In this version
it appears to me that Jesus is saying, verse 5, "Unless a
man is born of the spirit, he cannot enter into
the Kingdom of God" ... He goes on to say "that which is flesh
is flesh and that which is spirit is
spirit." It appears to me He is
saying that only spirit can enter the Kingdom of
God and not flesh... The way I read
that in the original King James Version... it
sounds as though Jesus was making reference to a
spiritual birth after physical death, which is
required to enter the Kingdom.
HOWEVER.... in verse 5 ...
Jesus says, "he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God"
QUESTION: Is the
"Kingdom" our eternal home in the next
realm that we know as "Heaven?" OR...
is it a spiritual dimension that is omnipresent
and here with us now? I would not argue it either
way. Both explanations work for me... AND... I
think both are correct... The Kingdom of God is
with us here and now in another (spiritual) realm
believe it is our eternal home upon physical
death and resurrection of our new, permanent
both meanings can't hurt you! Both are true! When
we are resurrected, we are resurrected in a new
and perfect body that is incapable of sin.
As long as we wear these old flesh bodies, we
are capable of sin. We have
a new spirit from God but still capable of sin as
long as we are in this earth suit.
Saved Always Saved...
Feel Good Doctrine)
my mind, this doctrine is one of the most
dangerous doctrines ever taught. I believe these
folks have misused the term "saved."
to their belief, once you utter a few sentences
in the form of "The Sinner's Prayer"
you are "saved" and heaven bound.
According to the people I have known that have
discussed this doctrine; from this point on, you
can not fail to make it to heaven. That is their
to this doctrine: Regardless what you might do or
sin you may commit, you are "saved" and
will be in the Kingdom. I do not believe that.
Read the scriptures carefully. This is a
"feel good" doctrine that is not
scriptural. Do not risk your eternal soul by
casually accepting this false doctrine.
of the examples these folks use to prove their
doctrine, is when King David cried out to God
"Return to me the joy
of my salvation." They will go on to explain
that David did not say "save me again."
This is a pretty flimsy analogy. It proves
nothing! Had David not repented and asked God's
forgiveness he would not have
been heaven-bound but well on his way to hell.
the term "saved" is misused. I would
think the term "saved" is better
thought of as that time which I was
"begotten." A time when the Holy Spirit
of Jesus came upon me and made me ready for my
trip to salvation and the true "born
again" experience upon resurrection, into
the spiritual body.
experience of being "begotten" alone
will not take you to the kingdom. You still have
to practice the doctrine of Jesus to the best of
your ability until death of the physical body.
That's why I can't acknowledge "once saved
always saved." I must live
the doctrine... that is a continuing
constant. In other words; I can't abandon my
Christian ethics and lifestyle, live like a
"heathen" and expect to make it to the
there is no magical prayer that makes you
acceptable into the Kingdom of God. Unless you
apply God's principles in the way you conduct
your life, you are not "saved." On the
bright side... when you are "begotten"
it will be easier to WANT to live according to
person may be "begotten" on their
death-bed and make it into the kingdom. The only
requirement is that as long as you are alive in
your earthly body, you live a life according to
the principles Jesus gave us. I don't suggest
waiting until you are on your deathbed, because
the Holy Spirit may not present itself, it may be
said, if you obey two commandments all of the
other laws will automatically be fulfilled. Those
two commandments are (paraphrased):
1. Love God with all your heart and mind.
2. Love your neighbor (others) as you love
you are able to do these two things, from
the heart, you will do the
Christian thing. If you fail (and you will) you
repent, ask forgiveness (and really mean it) and
you are kingdom bound! A "Begotten,"
"Saved" or "Born Again"
Christian on your way to eternity with the Lord.
The longer you live the Christian life, the
easier it becomes.
make the mistake that many are taught: That at a
particular, moment, by saying a prayer or being
baptized or some other ritual... that from that
moment on you are guaranteed entry to the Kingdom
may have been 'begotten' of God at that time...
AND... if you were to die at that moment, you are
heaven bound. However, if after that experience
you continue to live in sin and do not repent of
your sins, from the heart, you are NOT guaranteed
anything. I am not the judge and I do not wish to
tell you for sure what the outcome will be for
you. That is up to the all-knowing God and His
the 'begotten' moment you are a newly conceived
son/daughter of God and you are now in your
period of gestation, on your way to becoming born
again of the spirit.
a matter of importance... This
"begotten," "saved" or
"born again" experience is FELT in your
spirit and heart. It is not simply a ritual to
which a person gives lip service. That's like
getting married when you don't really feel love
or caring for your mate, you just say "I
Do" when you really don't mean it from the
heart. Make sense?
is written about this... "Faith without
works is useless" and so on.
you close the page, be sure to consider Hebrews,
10:26... You may see how serious this false
For if we sin willfully after we have received
the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins, 27
but a certain fearful expectation of judgment,
and fiery indignation which will devour the
Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies
without mercy on the testimony of two or three
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose,
will he be thought worthy who has trampled the
Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the
covenant by which he was sanctified a common
thing, and insulted
the Spirit of grace?
Here is one of many truths from the bible that
John, Chapter 2:3
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey
his commandments. 4
If someone claims, I know God, but
doesnt obey Gods commandments, that
person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5
But those who obey Gods word truly show how
completely they love him. That is how we know we
are living in him. 6
Those who say they
live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.