We Are All Born In A Fallen Human Nature
That's why we must be born again. "And you he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience..." Ephesians 2:1-2 It has been said that the greatest and most successful deception that Satan accomplishes is to convince mankind that he doesn't exist, or that references to him only suggest a negative power, or a negative influence of some kind. Friends, Satan is real. He's an archangel. He was the wisest, the most beautiful, and the most powerful of all the angels God had created. He was impressed with his beauty and his power, and he rebelled against God and was banished from his place. His agenda now is to "steal, kill, and destroy" all that God loves - especially us, because we are to inherit the heaven that he lost. The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that we are born into a kingdom headed up by Satan, and that all born into a fallen human nature are born into the kingdom of darkness, the realm of Satan himself. He is actually called the "god" of this world. "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this world has blinded..." 2 Corinthians 4:4 "...the whole world lies in wickedness." 1 John 5:19 As we were all born into the world ruled by Satan, we all have walked according to its principles and were under the control of that prince who controls the sons of disobedience. And this is why Jesus SO stressed that we MUST be born again, because until we are born again, we walk in the kingdom of darkness. vs 5-6: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." In the human condition into which we were born, we were UNABLE to see or understand the principles of the Kingdom of God. Reading the Word of God profited us nothing. Jesus said: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 When Adam sinned, his spirit died and all descended from Adam are born with a fallen nature unable to understand the Word of God. That's why it is imperative that we be born again, born into the Kingdom of God. It is absolutely vital. Jesus said: vs 7: Do not marvel that I said to you, you MUST be born again." If you have not been born again, pray with me: Father, I don't understand what it means to be "born again," but Jesus said it is absolutely necessary. He taught that we are born in a fallen nature, therefore we must be born again. I know that I am a sinner, born into a fallen human nature, and that I need your salvation. I ask you to to become my Savior AND my Lord, and I surrender myself and my life to you. Please bring me into your Kingdom, that I might experience that total change that takes place inside when one is born again. I surrender to you and will follow you all the days of my life, because I place my trust in you, in you alone, my Creator. Please receive me, Father as I surrender myself to you forever. See: Born Again -What Does That Mean?