Weekly Word Definition – Foreigner

A person born in or coming from a country other than one’s own.

The noun Foreigner has 2 senses:

1. a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country.

2. someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group.

What is the difference between Foreigner and alien?
  1. As nouns the difference between foreigner and alien is,
  2. a foreigner is a person from a foreign country.
  3. an alien is a person, animal, plant, or other thing which is from outside the family, group, organization, or territory under consideration.
Who is considered a foreign national?

A foreign national is a person (male or female) that is a legal resident of a country other than the United States. This person may come to the United States throughout the year, whether on vacation or on business, but their primary home is in another country.

Luke 17:17-19 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

There are people from all over the world that have been promised a place in Heaven. God will not discriminate against anyone who has the faith needed to become a Christian.

Those who desire to go to Heaven must do so through faith in Jesus Christ. Just because we are from the most powerful country in the world today, does not insure us a place in Heaven. Just because we belong to the original church or the largest church in the world does not matter when it comes to going to heaven.

There are no natural citizens in Heaven. There are only foreigners. We cannot buy a place, win a place in Heaven.

Just as the foreigner in verse 19 above, only our faith in Christ will give us a place in Heaven. We are born into this world and people are born into many different countries, however, according to Christ (John chapter 3), we must be born again to go to heaven. We can only reach Heaven through faith and the healing powers of re-birth.

Have a nice day, foreigner.

The Second Birth

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:1-3 (NKJV)

Every day at noon, Clyde Vernon’s front porch is covered with shade and on most days, there is a cool breeze blowing across the shaded area. He likes to take his bible and sit on the porch to read on the weekends.

One Saturday afternoon, Clyde was joined by one of his neighbors. The neighbor was the man from two doors down the street, his name was Barton.

As it turns out, Barton had come for the same purpose that Nicodemus had the day he talked with Jesus. Barton wanted to know more about the bible. Barton wanted to know how he could go to Heaven. He wanted to know how he could be saved.

Clyde noticed that Barton was carrying a bible in his hand. When Barton opened the bible, he opened it to the 3rd chapter of John. Barton began by stating that he wanted to have the same conversation that Jesus and Nicodemus had. Barton wanted to know how a person could be born a second time.

Clyde again stated what Jesus had stated, “first you have to die.” The bible does not specifically tell how this process is accomplished. It does but you must hunt for it and piece it together.

John the Baptist came as a forerunner of Christ and he preached “Repent and be baptized.”

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary

  1. To turn away from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life (in other words, change your life completely).
  2. To feel regret or contrition

In today’s church scenario, emotions are not part of the “repentance” stage. Today the church gives a two-week class and that counts for both the “repentance and the life change.”

Read the third chapter of John again. Nowhere in that scripture does it give the pastor or the church congregation the right to change what Jesus said. If you don’t have an emotional experience and “die of your sin” (repent) and if you don’t have a second emotional experience when you turn your life over to Christ (Christ washes away your sins), then you can’t say you were “born again.” According to the bible, according to Christ, if you did not have those emotional experiences, then you cannot be a Christian.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:13-17 (NKJV)

Even Jesus had both vocal and emotional approval by God Himself. This was more of an emotional experience than anything we have or ever will have in our lifetime. We could never have an experience like this until we are standing face to face with God. What an emotional rush it must have been for Jesus.

Remember, Jesus was just a human (man) until this point. It was not until the Holy Spirit became part of Jesus that he became the “Messiah.” Jesus had to die as a man and be born again as the Messiah.

When we are born again, we do not become a Messiah, but we do become “like Christ” a Christian. As the Messiah, Jesus had to set a “Godly” example and looked like God. As a Christian, we must demonstrate the “Christ like” example and look like Christ.

This year give yourself a Christmas present. Read about the birth of Jesus in the bible and repent of your sin and be born again yourself on Christmas day. If you do that then you will really look like Christ. You will even have the same birthday.

I have a question. According to the example given in the third chapter of John, Are you a Christian. Do you live a righteous life and look like Christ, or do you have sin in your life and look like satan?

To the Lord My God

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.
You Must Be Born Again!

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.

Daniel 9:4 (NKJV)

Bruce Summers was an ordinary man that tried to do the right thing all the time. One day Bruce bought some property in the city and then he decided to build a house on the property.  When he bought the house, there were some conditions given to him because of where the property was located.

When he went to apply for the permits he needed, there was a problem about the location of the property. Since Bruce was from the country, he did not understand some of the city’s rules and regulations.

Since the land was in the center of the Commercial District, Bruce could not build a single-family home. The building had to be a multi-family dwelling. The best solution would be an apartment building.

Bruce tried to fight the system, but it was no use. In the end he had to sell the property to a company that wanted to build a business complex.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter 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 marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.

John 3:3-8 (NKJV)

There are many people today that try to force their way into Christianity. They find a congregation that will give them a one- or two-week study course and let them join the church. They feel that will make them a Christian. All that makes them is a member of that congregation.

To be born again, you must first get rid of your sinful nature. To do that you must pour out all your sins to God. Remove those sins from your heart and cleanse your heart with prayer. Then you must replace the sin with the truth of God’s word.

Christianity is not some congregation or association you join; those are the things satan wants you to listen to. Christianity is a way of life. This life is attained by following and obeying the life lessons contained in the bible.

Just like Bruce didn’t bother to learn the restrictions of the land he bought, most people don’t study the bible and they never learn the guidelines of being a Christian. We must walk with God and that means walking without sin. We must look like Christ. Christ lived His life without sin.

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.

You Must Be Born Again!!