Spirit Meat Daily Devotional For October 3, 2019 : Topic – SALVATION AS A PREREQUISITE TO BEING A MEMBER OF THE KINGDOM (1) – JOHN 3:1-3
Nicodemus is an example of a man that is already part of what God is doing, but who is not yet a part of the Kingdom. He was a Jewish religious leader in the temple. Jesus said to him, “…unless one is born again…” and Mark 16:16 says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Thus, being saved must be preceded by you believing in Jesus and being born again to be a member of the Church. If a man or woman is not born again, no matter how religious he/she may be, he/she is not part of the Kingdom. If anyone has not believed in Jesus and accepted Him as his Saviour, he cannot be born again. A person who is not born again cannot be part of the Church/Kingdom. This is the basic thing that we need to understand.
Therefore, there is a difference between attending church and being a member of the Church. The goodies of the Kingdom are for members only. A person that is not born again but comes to church needs to make the decision to become saved in order to qualify for these blessings. The basic mark of a genuine church is the agreement that Jesus is our Saviour. If anyone agrees with, accepts and submits to that, such will be a part of the Kingdom. Any congregation or individual that believes against this is not functioning as part of the Kingdom, and such cannot fulfill God’s purpose effectively.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for my salvation. Thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your life for me. I am most grateful!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Jeremiah 1:1-2:30, Philippians 4:1-23, Psalm 75:1-10, Proverbs 24:17-20