Ten qualifications for the rapture
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” refers to the ongoing work of sanctification within the believer and the continual cleansing through the blood of Christ for our inadvertent sins. John is probably not thinking here of deliberate sin against God, since he speaks of walking in the light. This continual cleansing allows us to have intimate fellowship with God.
How does Jesus’ blood cleanse us from all sin? In Old Testament times, believers symbolically transferred their sins to an animal, which they then sacrificed (see a description of this ceremony in Lev 4). The animal died in their place to pay for their sin and to allow them to continue living in God’s favour. God graciously forgave them because of their faith in Him, and because they obeyed His commandments concerning the sacrifice. Those sacrifices anticipated the day when Christ would completely remove sin. Real cleansing from sin came with Jesus, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Sin, by its very nature, brings death― that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity, Jesus did not die for His own sins; He had none.
Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the world. When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours. He has paid the penalty for our sins. And His blood has purified us. Jesus as Christ rose from the grave, we rise to a new life of fellowship with Him (Rom 6:4).
2:6,7 Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and established in the faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by (1) committing your life and submitting your will to Him (Romans 12:1,2); (2) seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings (3:16); and (3) recognising the Holy Spirit’s power in you (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22)
Regeneration (Born again; Spiritual rebirth; New birth): An Overview
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jn 3:3)
In John 3:1-8, Jesus discusses a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith: spiritual birth, or regeneration.
Without the new birth, one cannot see the Kingdom of God, and receive eternal life and salvation through Jesus Christ. The following are important facts concerning the new birth.
Regeneration is a re-creating of spiritual life in the human heart (Rom 12:2; Eph 4:23-24) by God the Holy Spirit (John 3:6; Tit 3:5). Through this process, eternal life from God Himself is imparted to the believer’s heart (John 3:16; 2 Pet 1:4; 1 John 5:11), and he or she becomes a child of God (John 1:12; Rom 8:16-17; Gal 3:26) and a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17; Col 3:9-10). He or she no longer conforms to this world (Rom 12:2) but is now “the new man, which after God created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph 4:24). (2) Regeneration is necessary because all people, prior to turning to Christ, are in their inherent natures sinners who are spiritually dead, and who are incapable of obeying and pleasing God (Ps 51:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 8:7-8; 1 Cor 2:14; Eph 2:3).
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