A Good, Lost Man

by Rick Duggin

I know a man who is unquestionably honest; he is very diligent to seek the right course in life; he has the courage to stand for the Lord in the face of all opposition; he has experienced a genuine encounter with Jesus; yet, he is lost!  Before you call me a bigot, listen to what Jesus said to this man: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

Nicodemus was a very religious man. Unlike other religious leaders who stubbornly refused to accept the evidence for the deity of Christ, Nicodemus wisely and honestly confessed that Jesus came from God. He courageously pleaded with the hard-hearted rulers to investigate His claims (Jn.7:50-52). Though some rulers believed on Jesus, they were afraid to confess Him lest they be put out of the synagogue (Jn.12:42,43). Nicodemus, on the other hand, assisted Joseph in the Lord’s burial (Jn.19:38ff). In spite of all these sterling qualities, however, Nicodemus needed to be born again before he could enter the kingdom of God.

If you think you are headed for heaven simply because you are religious, or because you do some things that are right, or because of your sacrifice for Jesus, you had better read John 3:1-8. And then turn to Acts l0:34,35. Those who have not been born again are not in the kingdom of God, no matter how religious they appear to be. Do you need to be born again?

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