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Religious But Lost

Read | John 3:1-6

Nicodemus would probably be welcome at any church today. He seems like an ideal member—principled, knowledgeable, morally upstanding, courteous, and humble. However, Nicodemus had two big problems despite all of that outward religious appeal: first, he was blind to the truth, and second, he was spiritually dead.

The man was lost. That is, he did not have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As a Pharisee, Nicodemus adhered to strict Jewish codes and laws, so he was certainly religious. But the problem of the lost person is not attitudes, conduct, or even character. We can change and control those things through sheer determination, and many folks do. What people really need is a change of their basic nature. We come into this world with a natural “bent” away from God.  

Jesus explained to the observant rabbi that all his outward goodness couldn’t erase, replace, or change his nature. Instead, every person who desires to serve God must be born again. The Lord promised that if Nicodemus received Him as Savior, then he would enter into a brand-new life. His old sinful nature would be transformed so that he could have a real relationship with God. Instead of appearing to be a religious man, Nicodemus would be a true believer.

No one gets into heaven on the strength of good works and kind behavior. When we stand before God, the only thing that will matter is whether our old sin nature has been replaced. We want to show Him the living Spirit we received when Jesus came into our life.

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  • January 16, 2013 03:48 PM


    Thank u lord
  • January 13, 2013 09:45 AM


    there are a lot of people who attend churches these days that are religious but never accepted Christ
  • January 13, 2013 09:33 AM


    I starting to undrstand, replacing our old sinful dead nature witha spirit filled reborn eternal one . Praise be to our LORD>>>
  • January 13, 2013 08:49 AM


    You've got to not only change the way you present yourself, but also how you think and act towards others.
  • January 12, 2013 07:00 AM


    I thank God for your ministry
  • January 12, 2013 06:49 AM


    When we realize all of us must and will stand in front of our Maker ,we all need to remember that.One day soon...

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