Being born again is the beginning of the most incredible transformation in the life of any human being and gains them entrance into the covenant kingdom. The question that has to arise is what does it really mean to be born-again? After all, that term has been the subject of books, written articles, and in sermons for many many years. Everyone who has ever attended any kind of a church meeting has probably heard that term used, but what does it really mean? How does it really affect my life? Is there really a change, a real transformation that takes place?
Are you one of the multitudes of people that have responded to an altar call, repeated a prayer after somebody, were told that you are now a Christian - a member of God's family, got baptized in water, have attended church meetings, gone to Bible studies, said prayers, yet have really never experienced any form of transformation in your life?
A SERIOUS QUESTION BY NICODEMUS
John 3:3-6 -- "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Truly, truly, 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 his old? He cannot enter a 2nd time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?' Jesus answered, '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 flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
The predominant message of the early church was that the kingdom of God is at hand and this was declared to be good news. The good news was that God loved humanity enough to make a way for humanity to be able to be delivered from under the influence of the kingdom of darkness.
John 3:16-21 -- "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
The word believe from the original Greek language does not simply mean an intellectual belief, but rather to trust in, to reply upon, to cling to. This way of deliverance was to reject the kingdom of darkness influence, yield your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and to be baptized in water. These actions when taken together are the meaning of the word repentance.
Repentance simply means to change our thinking about an issue & to turn around and change direction. When you understand that you were in the kingdom of darkness and under Satan's domain then chose to reject that kingdom and submit yourself to the Lord Jesus you were repenting of SIN.
Sin is the old nature we had while under the dominion of Satan in the kingdom of darkness. It is self-centeredness, self-exaltation, selfishness, denying the right of God to be God in our lives. Sins, plural, are simply the fruit of the root called SIN -- which is the nature the devil. John 8:44 --"You are of your father the devil, , and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
When you are baptized in water the Scripture says you died to your old life, were buried under the water, your heart was circumcised, and you were raised into newness of life in Jesus.
You were transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God under the rulership of King Jesus. All of this taken together is the meaning of being born again. Being born again is not saying a simple little prayer by repeating it after someone. Being "born again" occurs when:
The most profound truth in the Bible is the truth of mankind being able to enter into covenant with God. You actually enter into this covenant relationship with God when you are born again. This is explained in detail in the section of this website entitled the new covenant. There are many incredible things that happened to us as the result of being born again, but I believe the greatest of these is the fact that when we enter covenant with God through Jesus we actually receive the life of Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit. He actually comes to live within us according to the Scriptures.
John 14:16-17 -- "And I will ask the father, and he will give you another helper, that He may be with you for ever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you."
As you can see, being born again opens up a whole new world that we need to learn about and understand. It is a tremendously significant event in our lives and changes us for all eternity. It is the beginning of our life as a "new creation" in Christ.
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