Lesson 2: LIFE HAS BEGUN

The Angels are rejoicing (Luke 15:10)

For a new "babe" has been born again into the kingdom of God, for to the best of your knowledge you have received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.

If this is true, then the Bible says that you have been born of God (John 1:12, 13). If you have not received Him, you should stop now and take this step. Do not try to "play Christian."

You have been born into the wealthiest family in the universe. You have become heir to many wonderful privileges and possessions, not only in this age, but in the age to come (I Peter 1:3,4). It is important to remember that regardless of your position or training in the world, you are a spiritual "babe." Your present concern should be growth (I Peter 2:2, 3) and (I Corinthians 3:1).

In the following studies, you will try to discover, to claim, to put to use, and to share your inheritance. Just as an heir often must wait until he is twenty-one years old, you will find that you must "grow up" spiritually before you can claim all the privileges you have in Jesus Christ.

It is not houses and lands, education and occupation, or the future wife and grandchildren of the new baby that concern the parents at his birth, but several immediate needs.

PROTECTION FROM DISEASE
Doctors and nurses try very hard to protect a new baby from germs. You also must be guarded against the attacks of Satan. He has become very angry at losing a member of his kingdom, so now he will try to make your life a bad example before the world. Satan likes to see sinful, defeated Christians.

SHOTS
Doctors know certain diseases exist and they give shots to children while they are still healthy so the germs may be counteracted if contacted.

WARNING
You will be most sensitive to diseases that will hinder your spiritual growth in the first few days and weeks. Many a Christian's life has been stunted during this period.

THE DISEASE OF DOUBT

Satan usually attacks first with doubts. The main thought he will try to plant is that God is not good.

THE SYMPTOMS
Safety
A baby needs to feel secure and safe and loved. Satan will attempt to discredit the work that God has performed in your life. He will whisper to you, "You don't think that you are saved just be believing and receiving Jesus as your Saviour? You will need to do more than that to have your sins blotted out and to get to Heaven." What can you do? See what God says, and stand on His promises.

What does God promise? I John 5:11,12: "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." These are the first verses you should commit to memory, The thought of the effort involved to do this may be as distasteful to you as shots to a child However, you will soon see the value of hiding the Word in your heart (Psalms 119:11), as you use the Sword of the Spirit (the Bible) to meet the attacks of Satan.

Too Weak
Satan soon counters with the thought, "O.K., so you have life, but you cannot live the way you should. What about THIS sin (as he brings a sin to your remembrance). You cannot quit that? God will expect too much of you. Why not give up now? It is no use trying; you are too weak." Again, rely upon God's promise, and His faithfulness. I Corinthians 10:13: "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it". (Carry these verses with you. Use spare minutes during the day to learn them.)

Trouble
Just as little children often stray off and fall into the mud, even so Christians sometimes fall into sin. Satan, never missing an opportunity, is quick with the thought, now you have done it. A holy God won't have anything to do with you now. Christians don't act that way. But just as a loving parent will pick up his crying child and clean the mud from his hands, even so we have a wonderful promise from our heavenly Father.

What does God say? I John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to clean se us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).


Care
A baby is very helpless. Parents must do and provide almost everything for him. So in order to meet Satan's accusation that God is not good, we have this precious promise to stand on. (John 16:24): "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:24)

Claim this verse by asking God to help you memorize His Word. Repeat the reference at the beginning and end each time you practice to help fix it in your mind. The secret of memorizing is review.

To a large extent, how fast you grow spiritually will depend upon YOUR attitude.

MEMORY HELPS
Most people have difficulty when they start to memorize Scripture. This is like any other ability; it takes practice. You do not become a doctor, or a football star, or anything else without practice and work.

The more you memorize the easier it becomes. It does not take time to memorize; it actually saves time. You can use minutes all day long that would otherwise be wasted. People who think they are so busy they can't find time for any other type of Bible study can memorize.

SUGGESTION
Take some little cards and type or print your memory verses with references. Use one card for each verse. Most verses will fit on a 2 x 3 inch card. Writing the verse will help you remember it. You can gain extra blessings by memorizing other verses

(I Cor. 10:13) ;
(I John 1:9);
(John 16:24).

SHOTS For Protection Against the Disease of:
1. Doubt of salvation (I John 5:11, 12)
2. Doubt of victory in temptation (I Corinthians 10:13)
3. Doubt of forgiveness (I John 1:9)
4. Doubt of provision and care (John 16:24)
WHAT CAN A BABY DO?
There are three main things a baby can do: cry, eat, and sleep.

Crying
You now have the privilege of crying unto God the Father, in the name of God the Son, Jesus Christ. Up until this time your prayers have been hindered (Isaiah 59:1,) 2; (John 9:31). Whether you realize it or not, you were in the terrible position of pushing aside with scorn the greatest gift God had - His Son (John 3:16): and then attempting to reach by Him to ask for selfish desires, or petty favors, or to try to bargain with God. Now you are on praying ground. "Ask, and it shall be given you" (Matthew 7:7, 8). For now you are asking in the name of God the Son and at His request (John 16:24).

Eating
Just as a baby needs food, so you need spiritual food. You would not think of waiting till Sunday and just dishing out a helping of whatever happened to be in the refrigerator, and then inviting the baby back next week for the next meal. Or saying, "If you get hungry before then, just walk into the kitchen and fix yourself a snack." In the first place he would be helpless he couldn't walk or know what was in the cans; and if he did find something the chances are he could not digest it. No, a baby needs a special diet and a feeding schedule so he may grow properly. likewise, spiritual "babes" to grow properly have certain needs that must be met.

FIRST FEEDING FORMULA

The Milk of the Word
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). With this lesson is a reading chart. Start feeding on the Word by reading the Gospel of John; then go to I & II Peter. Be sure you mark your chart each time you finish reading, and write the date beside each book when you finish it. Decide to read a portion every day
(I Timothy 4:13); (Rev. 1:3).

"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). Resolve to start your new life right by attending a Bible believing church the very first Sunday After receiving Jesus as Saviour.

"That I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11, 16). Continue to work on the verses on the cards in the memory pack.


Check the following: With God's help, I will if at all possible:
1. Read a portion from His Word every day.
2. Attend a Bible-believing church Sunday.
3. Memorize the verses this week: I John 5:11, 12.
4. Finish the answer sheet on Lesson 2 this week.

Sleeping
A new baby spends much of his time sleeping. Several things must happen if he gets the needed rest. He must be fed the proper diet, and his body must digest the food. Often you need to be spiritually "burped" to remove the little problems that arise, so the Word may be spiritually digested and go out into your life as you grow in the Lord. But besides this a baby needs to feel loved and safe. This is expressed in the saying, "Safe as a baby in its mother's arms."

Sooner or later every child will get to wondering, and ask the question, "Where did I come from or how was I born? Am I really the child of my parents or was I adopted? Do I really belong to them?" The child of God will have questions also.

You have met a Person. Salvation is not something, it is SOMEBODY. You received Jesus as your Saviour, and He gave you His Life and His Nature. Salvation is the miracle of receiving life , Christ's life (I John 5:11).

God does not promise your conversion will be emotional, although it may be. He does not promise it will be spectacular, as the apostle Paul's or sensational. But in Revelation 3:20, He does say if you open the door He will come in. Feelings change like the weather, bvt Mis Word "Iiveth and abideth forever" (I Peter 1:23).

Faith is just taking God at His word to keep His promises. You are held by a threefold cord:
1. Perfection of Christ's redemption (Hebrews 9:12).
2. Promise of Christ's word (John 6:40).
3. Purpose of Christ's will (John 17:24).



NEW TESTAMENT READING RECORD
Each day as you finish reading, draw a line through the number of each chapter you have read that day. For example, suppose the first day you read 3 chapters in John, the next day 5 more, the next day 3, etc.



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Date started reading New Testament ____________
Date finished reading New Testament ____________

If you read 3 chapters daily, you will finish in 87 days. The New Testament may be read in many ways. You may read it through consecutively, or in the order which we suggest above. Do not forget to mark what you read, even if it is only a chapter.



1. You have met the Lord Jesus Christ and received Him as your personal Saviour, and He gave you (John 14:6); (Gal. 2:20); (I John 5:11):
(CHECK THE CORRECT OR MOST NEARLY CORRECT ANSWER)
(a) a new chance
(b) His Iife
(c) new rules
2. John 3:18 says in the past you were
3. John 10:28 says you now have
4. "Eternal" means
5. John 5:24 says the Christian may some day be condemned for His Sins.
True False
6. God wants you to know if you have eternal life I John 5:13. True False
7. Jesus says in John 6:37 that those who are not too wicked can come to Him.
True False
8. Jesus said His sheep would never perish John 10:28. True False
9. No trouble, or care, or anything else can separate you from the love ofChrist (Romans 8:35-39). True False
10. You can be plucked from Christ's hand (John 10:28). True False
11. Can you slip through Christ's finger when you are a part of the finger? (Body, flesh and bones: (I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:30) Yes No
12. God is willing to let some believers be lost (John 6:39). True False
13. Who stands behind Jesus as a double guarantee (John 10:29)?
14. Upon whose power does our salvation depend (I Peter 1:5)?
15. The Holy Spirit guides and keeps the Christian in this life. How long is He to be with the Christian (John 14:16,17)?
16. John 14:16,17 also says, "for he dwelleth with you, and shall be


17. You can depend on God's promises because He never lies (Num. 23:19);
(Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2). True False
18. (Romans 10:17) teaches assurance of eternal life should depend upon:
(a) your feelings
(b) your promise to reform
(c) the Word of God
(d) your good works
(e) church membership
19. If you do not believe the record, what do you make God (I John 5:10)?
20. Jesus does not expect your life to be different now that you are a Christian (John 8:11; (II Cor. 5:17). True False
21. A real believer should have peace and joy (John 14:27; 15:11). True False
22. John 8:31 teaches if you are His disciple you will continue in His
23. What means has God chosen to change your life (John 15:3)?
24. Where should you carry it (Ps. 119:11)?
25. How can you show your love to Christ (John 14:21)?


26. Jesus said in John 13:34,35 that all men would be able to tell you are His disciple if you keep this new commandment to:
(a) tithe our money
(b) go to church on Sunday
(c) love one another
27. Only preachers and Sunday School teachers are to spread the Gospel
(John 20:21)? True False
28. Have you memorized I John 5:11,12?
29. If you want some extra blessings, try memorizing:
I Corinthians 10:13__________
I John 1:9__________
John 16:24__________