To be like Christ you must abide in Him to the end of earthly life. To abide in Him you must be born again or reborn again. Simply put, it means to be born again after being born again. Let me explain.
To understand reality and the purpose for existence from God’s perspective you must be born again. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 NKJV). To be born again is to be enlightened regarding the realities of two kingdoms, two wills and the angelic conflict that is raging on. It is good to be born again but that is not enough.
To comprehend new creation realities, spiritual warfare and the need to strive to enter into God’s eternal rest there is need to be born again a second time. This is different from the first and unlike it requires deliberate decision-making. A newly born-again Christian is like a babe that needs help to survive. That is why to Nicodemus and all of us “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:5 NKJV). Seeing and entering the kingdom of God are two different things.
A newly-born again Christian is like a man at a crossroad with three forks. He must make a decision to follow one of the three roads. Failure to make a decision is by itself a decision. He can decide to stand still by doing nothing. Some Christians are content to be born again and stand still. He can also decide to move forward, backward or upward. Standing still, moving forward or moving backward leads to ‘hell beneath.’ Moving upwards leads to ‘heaven above.’ That is the reason Jesus warned us to “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt 7:13-14 NKJV)
To be born again, again, you must look up to see the narrow path that leads to the gates of heaven. It is not down but up. You can’t find it by being indifferent. The gate is strait and the path is narrow. It must be sought for and followed diligently to the celestial city. That is how to abide in Christ to the end.
So, you cannot abide in Christ except you are genuinely born again. The vast majority of those who claim to belong to Christ have no relationship with Him at all. You must be infused with a Hypostatic Chip in the power of the Holy Spirit who is currently in the world to convict mankind of sin, righteousness and judgment.
You were created to exist forever. In the beginning Adam had a sinless nature. His fall resulted in spiritual, physical and eternal death as decreed by God. Thereafter, the human body became mortal. It was made of dust and will revert to dust by reason of Adamic sin. But the real you is not your body. You are a spirit being. You have a soul. These two constitute your non-visible innerman, the real you.
Have you noticed that when you sleep you dream dreams and see yourself doing things as you would in the natural? It is the real you that goes out in the spirit realm to engage in sundry encounters, some good, some horrible. You need the new birth to realign your life with God your Creator. For you to be a child of God you must be infused with a part of God, eternal life, which I prefer to call Hypostatic Chip because of its characteristics.
If you have not changed your spiritual status by a conscious and voluntary surrender of your life to Jesus Christ, then Satan is your spiritual father. Your status in life has nothing to do with it. Your wealth, education, political position or social standing cannot change the situation. That is the stark reality of your status before God. You may not appreciate the gravity of that horrible state of affair now until your life on earth is terminated.
The final destination of unbelievers is the lake of fire. At death unbelievers are taken to hell which is in the middle of the earth where they will remain until the millennial reign of Christ and the White Throne Judgment when, without exception, they will be herded into the lake of fire to be tormented forever and ever.
Being born again is the first step towards entering heaven. Regeneration alone does not guarantee entry into heaven. Jesus spoke about discovering the narrow road to heaven. The Lord’s exhortation quoted above was directed to believers. You cannot find the way to heaven unless you have seen the kingdom of God. You cannot see the kingdom of God unless you are born again.
Some believers are on the narrow road; some remain where they were when they got born again. All unbelievers are walking along the broad road that leads to hell beneath. An unbeliever cannot be on the narrow road to heaven because he or she is already spiritually dead. An unbeliever cannot ‘see’ the narrow road in that state. For such people physical death is a confirmation of eternal death, which is irreversible separation from God.
Jesus said the road to heaven is narrow; the gate at the end of the road is very narrow. Entry into this road is by volition. Many born again Christians do not find this road for lack of follow-up; they eventually backslide. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Some believers who find the road grope alongside it without knowing what to do for lack of appropriate input of doctrine.
Unless you see the kingdom of God you cannot begin to walk along the road that leads to the gate of heaven. The gate of heaven must open for you to enter the celestial city. To be able to survive the perils along the narrow road you need the water of God’s Word imbibed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is imperative to learn kingdom-life principles applied in daily living to be fit to live in heaven. You do not learn how to live in heaven in heaven. You learn how to live in heaven on earth as you cannot do in heaven what you are not used to doing on earth. That is why the Bible gives strong commands regarding love, forgiveness and being one another’s keeper.
The password to heaven is love. It is more efficacious than the 613 provisions of the Law of Moses. Hence, let brotherly love flow is heaven’s standard for redeemed mankind.
Are you born again? Are you being born again, again or are you being born again after being born again? May you find peace with God, grow in grace and continue to grow in grace till we gather unto the Lord in the atmospheric heaven to remain with Him forever!