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The Most Important Question


The most important question is not whom I was born to, nor whom my parents were? Although this answer may or may not offer emotional and or financial security, it is too weak to be the most paramount. Neither is the most important question, what schools did I attend? The inquiry of which schools, children and young adults attend, seem to have burgeoned in importance and frequency. Yet, while the best of day-care to post-graduate leaning may or may not prepare an individual for a life’s work, and may or may not bring financial security, this too is not the most important question.

No, my friend the most important question, is: am I born again? It stands to reason that this question alone is the most important for it decides eternity for our immortal soul. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.”[1] It is a question, without a doubt, which has troubled many an individual over the last nigh unto two thousand years. It is a question, which must be answered. And not to sound politically incorrect, but, as a Christian, my understanding both Testaments of the Bible, proclaims all those who are born again will enter an eternity of peace in Heaven, and all those who are not born again will enter an eternity of torment in Hell.

This question of being born again is not based upon which Church you attend, as a matter of fact, a person may be sitting in pew or seat weekly, with each announced service at their local Church, yet no be born again. It is a frightening thought to realize that we could but by the grace of God, descend to Hell at any moment, if we are not born again. The Reverend Jonathan Edwards, in 1741 put it most eloquently: “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment, out of Hell, but the mere pleasure of God.” Further, Edwards preached: “By the mere pleasure of God, I mean His sovereign pleasure, His arbitrary will restrained by no obligation,”[2]

In this modern era, it is difficult to reconcile a God who is angry, for ministers have been speaking only of the loving Christ, the beneficence of the Father in Heaven. They have removed any reference to a jealous God from their sermons. The modern praise and worship songs by in large, extoll only the ever-present loving, comforting, helping virtues of God. This doctrine set to music populates the minds of millions of those attending Churches worldwide. Yet, if a person is not born again, they teeter upon the precipice of Hell moment by moment, breath by breath. How do we reconcile a loving God and a vengeful God? We do not need to do that, for He has already done so in His Word. We need make no excuses for God, no defense is needed for His holy character

The Scriptures, which Rev. Edwards used for the beginning of that magnificent sermon were: (Amos 9:2) “Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

(Amos 9:3)  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:”

(Deuteronomy 32:35) “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.”

(Psalms 73:18) “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.”

Later in that famous sermon, Edwards states that some have imagined that the promises made to a person earnest in seeking and knocking for salvation, is a promise to all, even if they do not seek the Mediator, Jesus the Christ. This is a dangerous set of thoughts, for as Edwards described farther on near the middle of In the Hands of an Angry God, “men are held in the hand of God over the pit of Hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, His anger is a great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of His wrath in Hell.” But Edwards did not stop there, his application of this message was for the unconverted in the congregation, or as he put it “out of Christ.”

My call, my plea today is not just for the unconverted who have not been to Church or have infrequently attended, nor just to those whose faith is in a false god, but to those who are setting in a Church, thinking because they attend, or they may have said a prayer at one time in their life, that they are born again. My pleading is to those who are in danger because they believe themselves good or saved,[3] and have not asked the Savior for a drink of Living Water.[4]

To be born again is to have laid hold to the Covenant of Grace, obtaining all the promises which Christ has made to those who earnestly seek after Him; to believe on Him, in Him, through Him.[5] Being born again is to make Christ our King, to acknowledge Him as our leader, to follow His example, and to clearly and publicly profess by word and deed, such. Begin born again is not to sit in a seat at a Church, performing as it were a civic responsibility, being born again is not about social acceptance, nor having one’s name on a pew or plaque. Being born again is about being saved from the impending doom of eternal Hell and being delivered to the delightful eternal hills of glory in Heaven.

The most important question you will ever ask is: Am I Born Again? Please make certain you can say yes, without reservation, without pause, I Am Born Again!


[1] (John 3:5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

(John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

(John 3:7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

[2] In the hands of an angry God, preached by Jonathan Edwards, July 8, 1741 at Enfield, Massachusetts, published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Digital Commons

[3] (Ephesians 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

(Ephesians 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

[4] (John 4:10) Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

[5] (John 7:37) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

(John 7:38)  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.




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