When someone is born of the Spirit, God gives that person many gifts. Some of the gifts God gives us through being born of the Spirit begin with the power to become children of God, to enter the Kingdom of God, to know God and Jesus Christ, to know and abide in God’s love, to be kept from the evil one, to be sanctified in the truth, to be one and perfected in unity, and to be with Jesus forever.
God’s gracious plan of Salvation—His remedy, if you will, for the problem of sin and death—is simply to offer Salvation to all who will believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit has many attributes, one of which is as our Helper – parakletos – one called alongside to help.
The Word of God is powerful and able to fully work in us what He says He will do. It is the power of God that performs in us the new life, when we believe in Him as our Savior, making us a new creation in Christ Jesus. It is not our performance or works that saves us.
What does it mean to be “born of the Spirit”? Quite simply, it is synonymous with being “born again,” justified, “adopted” by the Heavenly Father as His child, and “betrothed” to Christ as His Bride. Why so many terms for the same thing?
At one time, my focus on prophecy was “what is to come” (John 16:13b, NASB). The Holy Spirit does prophesy what is to come, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. However, as I read Revelation 19:9-10 one day, I began to think about a broader, deeper meaning of the word “prophecy.”
While it is true that no one can wake up one morning and decide to be just like a person from the past, such as Paul or Peter, Moses or David, we can all learn from the humble and obedient life of the prophet Isaiah.
What is prophecy? What does it mean to prophesy? Is it insight into the future, revelation from Heaven, hearing directly from God?