Lord, I Believe In You

Music HighwayIn John 3:3-7, Jesus Christ spoke to Nicodemus about being born again:

3)  “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4)  How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5)  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

6) Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit  gives birth to spirit.

7) You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

Question: Was Jesus Christ already born again when He spoke these words to Nicodemus? Some of you Christians will say no since He never had a previous birth; He always was with the Father. But Jesus volunteered to be born through Mary.

And if He was not born again, then how could Jesus tell Nicodemus that he must be born again in order to understand His teachings? That is what His conversation with Nicodemus was all about – how to understand the things of God before entering the kingdom of God – not a state of existence per se. Some of you claim (and I used to believe this) that being born again means becoming a resurrected spirit being first at or after the return of Christ. What Christ was saying here is that you must receive the Holy Spirit and become regenerated, become spiritually alive, because you are spiritually dead. You must be born again.

Jesus was not a resurrected being when He spoke to Nicodemus. It was also before the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit began to be poured out. So how could Jesus tell him to understand spiritual things without the help of the Holy Spirit?

Jesus did receive the Holy Spirit after being baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). Most likely, Jesus had the Holy Spirit all along and was baptized for our example. I will leave it at that.

But many of us do believe in Jesus Christ; that He is alive, and that He is risen. Without His resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven we could not be born again. Yes, born again. I, at one time, although I accepted Christ, did not believe I was born again. I sorta looked down at those who claimed they were.

But now I will very likely believe you when you say that you are born again. And I will most likely believe you when you proclaim and sing in any language  “Lord, I Believe in You.”

 

imageLord, I Believe In You  (1998)
composed by – Tommy Walker
lyrics by – Tommy Walker
other translation – Spanish
sung by – Crystal Lewis
genre – Christian Contemporary, gospel
album – Gold (1998)

Though I can’t see Your holy face
And Your throne in heaven above
It seems so far away
Though I can’t touch your nail scarred hands
I have a deep and unspeakable joy
That makes my faith to stand

Lord, I believe in You
I’ll always believe in You
Though I can’t see you with my eyes
Deep in my heart
Your presence I find
Lord, I believe in You
I’ll keep my trust in You
Let the whole world say what they may
No one can take my joy away
Lord, I believe

Enviado del cielo
Eres aquel escogido por Dios
Eres el unico y cierto camino
Hasta su corazón
Moriste en la cruz
Resucitaste y hoy vives en mí
Venciste al pecado y la muerte
¡Y ahora soy libre al fin!

Cristo yo creo en ti
Yo siempre creeré en ti
Aunque no puedo verte Señor
Eres real en mi corazón

Cristo yo creo en ti
Y siempre creeré en ti
Aunque se niega el mundo a creer
No dejaré mi gozo perder
Yo creo en ti

Lord, I believe in You
I’ll always believe in You
Though I can’t see you with my eyes
Deep in my heart
Your presence I find

Lord, I believe in You
And I’ll keep my trust in You
Let this whole world say what they may
No one can take my joy away
Lord, I believe, I believe

 

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