Christians are people who have come to know God and have a living relationship with Him. They have become members of God's family.
Jesus taught that a man "must be born again." When we were born the first time, we were born with a nature that is related to the first man--Adam. The Bible teaches us that when Adam sinned, a drastic change took place in his spiritual make-up. This change, called "sin," has been passed on to all men related to Adam. Jesus went on to say that the new birth He was talking about was not physical but spiritual. Since this is the case, we must face certain facts.
1. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).
2. God's Word states that "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).
3. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot save or deliver ourselves from this condition by doing good works or by actions that we consider righteous. "For by grace are you saved (delivered) through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of (by) works; lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9).
God, in His love, has already provided for our sinful condition. His Word tells us, "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son (Jesus) to be the Savior of the world" (1 John 4:14). The penalty of sin is death. When Jesus took our penalty, dying in our place, two wonderful things happened. First, He demonstrated God's love for us (Rom. 5:8). Then, God's righteousness and justice were satisfied. God demonstrated that satisfaction by raising Jesus physically from the dead. God has now seated Jesus at His own right hand in heaven and has given Jesus all authority. The Bible declares that Jesus Christ must be Lord (Master) of our lives.
God brings these wonderful truths to us in a personal way when He says: "...if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (delivered)" (Rom. 10:9-10). This involves repentance (turning) toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual birth into God's family is a wonderful reality. The steps are simple but must be done in sincerity with our whole heart.