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Adam-son lived in a small eastern town. His parents were well-to-do descendants of the nation’s first families. He was well-educated, in good health, and had belonged to the church of his parents since a baby. He was highly respected, an up-and-coming politician, and directly in line to inherit a sizable portion of the family fortune. His future looked bright.

Adam-son made a habit of regular exercise, including a daily walk for a few blocks near his home. One of his routes took him past a small white house with well-tended lawn and garden where an elderly retired man and his wife lived. As they became accustomed to seeing one another, Adam-son and the elderly couple would wave, then spoke in passing, and finally he began stopping occasionally to chat for a moment.

One day the old man asked Adam-son a question which, to him, was very strange. He inquired, "Adam—son, HAVE YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN?"

Adam-son replied, "Born again? Why what do you mean? I come of a good family. My ancestors for several generations have been honorable, religious, moral people of good standing. Some of them helped found this country and others have been active in government. I’m very proud of my family tree. What do you mean, have I been born again? What’s wrong with the birth I have?"

"My dear young friend," the old man answered, "I mean no offense. I have in mind some words of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He was approached one night by a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus was of the favored race, Israel; he was very religious, of good moral character (comparatively speaking), and a ruler and teacher of his nation. But Christ’s words to him were, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God... Ye must be born again’ John 3:1-6. Have you no familiarity with God’s Word?"

"What? You mean the Bible? No, I’ve never found time for it. In college I used to hear a lot of fun made of it and its stories of miracles. And, too, you know where there is so much confusion in religion that a fellow just doesn’t know what to think sometimes. I’ve sort of thought that if the Bible is true it must be too obscure for people like myself. Why, even the preachers don’t see alike. I’ve belonged to my parents’ church since babyhood and have felt that what’s good enough for them is good enough for me. I’ve been baptized, catechized, and confirmed, and I think we should treat our fellow men right. Isn’t that enough?"

"Enough?" repeated the old man, "Enough? Oh, Adam-son, have you never seriously considered your relationship with God? Have you never sought to find out how He sees you? Have you never been told that the sons of Adam are all unfit for God and Heaven? That they stand condemned to die before heaven’s judgment bar? That their family tree is corrupt down to the root? Adam-son, you must be spiritually reborn from heaven, or you will be forever shut out of God’s presence and any inheritance in His kingdom. You must become a Christian!"

The earnestness of the old man’s tone and manner were all that kept Adam-son from turning in haughty disdain at words which seemed most insulting to his family, his religion, his attainments, his future prospects and all he held in high esteem. With as much courtesy as he could muster, he replied, "Neighbor, I’m sure I don’t understand you, but since you seem so sincere, I will try to consider what you have said and talk to you again. I must go now, however, so good day."

For some time Adam-son avoided walking down the street where the old couple lived. But his thoughts turned often to the question, "Have you been born again?" Against that question he would weigh things about himself which he considered advantageous: family, religion, education, friends, social standing, inheritance, future prospects, etc. But then would come to his mind that one day it would be time to die; one day he must meet God. What advantage then would these things be?

Adam-son knew that he had not been perfect in behavior. He realized with increasing conviction that he had ignored God. And though he had said he believed in treating his fellow men right, he knew he had not always done so.

He further realized that trouble among men results from their lawlessness, selfishness, and inconsideration of one another. He reasoned that there could be no such thing allowed around the throne of God, else heaven too would be a place of disorder and suffering. Adam-son asked himself, "Just as I am, how would I fit where all is love, selflessness, order and peace?" His dawning consciousness answered, "Surely I come short. I wouldn’t fit. I have no advantages and standing of value there. In God’s presence and before His judgment bar, I stand condemned. Oh, how can the slate be wiped clean? How can I be other than I am and have been? Yes, I need to be born again!"

Soon he approached his elderly friend, and after a few pleasant words of greeting returned to their subject of their former conversation. Adam-son asked, "Sir, what must I do to be born again?"

The old man put his hand on Adam-son’s arm, looked intently into his face, and after a brief pause said, "You really mean it, don’t you, young man? How glad I am for the privilege of telling you the good news".

"Yes, all children of Adam need life from above, for they are by nature children of wrath and though physically alive, are dead in trespasses and sins. Since ‘the wages of sin is death,’ there can only be but one end for them - death and judgment. But, Adam-son, there is hope. Sinners can be saved. In spite of what they are, God loves them. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to die in their place, for their sins. On Calvary, Christ received what was due all of Adam’s race. He was forsaken of the Father, He died physically, His body was laid in the tomb, and He went to hell (soul and spirit) for three days and nights where the pain of death and sorrows of hell held Him. He bore the just penalty for our sins. But once God’s justice was satisfied, Christ rose from the dead and was received up into glory where He now sits at the Father’s right hand.

Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 6:23; Heb. 9:27; John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-5; Psalm 18:5; 116:3; Acts 2:22-36; 1 Peter 2:24".

"Now, because of what Christ has done for us, God’s righteous throne is a throne of grace. His justice is satisfied, and He holds forth forgiveness, mercy, love and peace to Adam’s fallen family. John 3:16-18; Romans 5:12-21."

"Inasmuch as Christ died in your place, God can reckon that you have already been to death and judgment. This reckoning is made effectual to an individual when he comes, first of all, to the place where you apparently are; where he sees his true state: without merit in himself and deserving only condemnation. Then he is ready to believe on Christ, and gratefully receive what Christ has done for him. He is ready to believe the gospel."

"The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. Those who believe it receive forgiveness of sins. They have come to the end of their Adam-life, so far as God’s justice is concerned. But they need more than Christ’s death reckoned to them; they need life - Christ’s death-conquering, sinless life. This they receive instantly upon believing on the Son of God. They are literally and actually born from above, born of God, of His Spirit. They pass from death unto life; from Adam’s family into God’s family.

Roman 1:16; Roman 6:6; Gal. 2:20; John 1:11-13; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1; John 5:24; 1 John 3:14."

At this point the old man paused and asked, "Do you understand what I am saying, Adam-son?"

"Yes, I think I do," came the reply.

"Are you ready to receive Christ as your Savior? Are you ready to be born again?"

"Yes, yes I am!"

"You see then that as to your Adamic birth and life you are a helpless sinner? You believe that Christ died for your sins, according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures?"

"You have made the decision then," continued the old man, "to give up your Adam-life and receive new life in Christ?"

Between sobs of joy came the answer, "Yes, yes, I do accept Christ and His wonderful gift."

Abruptly the old man turned toward the little house and shouted, "Mother, Mother, come quickly. There is joy in heaven. A sinner has repented. Adam-son, for whom we’ve been praying, has surrendered to Christ. He is no longer Adam-son. He is a new creature in Christ; he’s now a Christ-one."

"He’s now CHRISTIAN!"

Luke 15:7, 10, 32; 2 Cor. 5:17; Acts 11:26; 1 Peter 4:16.

By- Berl Chisum

See: Who is a Christian?

Reprint from: "Sound Words" June 1, 1969