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The Power of the Gospel

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The gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven is not a person or an event that you put your faith in. It is not a belief system. It is not passive. The gospel has power. It changes you. It gives you a whole new identity. Jesus went so far as to say that it’s a new birth: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’"

We’ve seen that the water part of this birth has its foundation in John’s message of repentance for forgiveness. But that is a message of changed attitudes, and John, its preacher, was just getting people ready for Jesus. With Jesus came not just forgiveness for sin, but power to be free from it. There’s more to water than just forgiveness. Check it out:
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