Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Born Again

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature…” (2 Cor 5:17, NASB).

“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts,
and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self,
created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-24).

Though it’s grace alone that saves, one doesn’t stop there, my friend.
No. Once grace is accepted, that’s the beginning, not the end.
From THERE ON, one should be walking very differently,
Having turned from the old ways, and having done so willingly.

You see, in order to be saved, one must be BORN AGAIN —
A new creation — seeking the will of God, not that of men.
Yes, that’s what born again means, for how can one be born again
And yet, still be the same old creature, a slave to self and men?

Thus, if we’re not born again, we can’t expect to be saved,
Given that we’re still the same old creature — unchanged, enslaved.
Yes, the one thing that we all need to clearly understand
Is, that saving grace and being born again go hand in hand.

You see, the Spirit can’t dwell in the old creature. Therefore,
A change of heart must first occur — and direction, what’s more.
Why should God’s grace cover those who choose to remain the same?
No, grace is for those — who daily — victory in Christ seek to claim.

That is, sinners who’re born again, and who do all they can
From THERE ON to fulfill the will of God, not that of man,
Those to whom grace isn’t a license to sin, but a force
Empowering the new creature to do what God would endorse.

Sadly, many Christians may never see God face to face
Because of their distorted understanding of His grace.
Such wrongly think that grace will cover sin, when that’s not so,
For God’s a God of justice who has said: Sinning must go.

Thus, God’s grace is better understood when we more clearly
Appreciate His power, holiness and majesty,
And how sin-sick and fallen we are, and undeserving too
Of this grace that He has extended, which He didn’t have to.

That such a Being would extend grace to us is amazing,
Thus, within us, a right, sincere and grateful response should ring.
Yes, one that doesn’t shamefully take license with such grace,
But rather, the will of God in all things seeks to embrace.

You see, grace is also meant to transform, and not just save,
Hence, it’s for those who’re born again, no longer Satan’s slave,
Those who’ve decided to walk in newness of life from THERE ON,
Freed from chains that once bound them, the old creature dead and gone.

No, grace doesn’t cover sin, just repentant sinners, who,
Once having accepted God’s grace, His will then seek to do.
Sinners who’ve been born again, and whose fruitage says, “Thank you,”
Sinners who via the Spirit’s power Christ-likeness pursue.

By Lance Landall

“For if we willingly persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there
no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27).