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What is “Born Again?” Can Someone Be Born a Second Time? (Bible verses from New King James Version)
An expression says: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” Today, you could start your life all over again. In other words:
In the Gospel of John Chapter 3:1 we read “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who came to Jesus by night.” - John 3:1 The “Pharisees” were a powerful Jewish religious group that ruled Jewish society.
Peer Pressure = a problem! [PEERS are friends, colleagues, family members. And PEER PRESSURE is social pressure on us by our peers.] Nicodemus was hungry for truth, but maybe too embarrassed to be seen by day by his colleagues, the other priests, his peers! So… “This man came to Jesus by night.” But if we obey our peers only we may never find the truth! Imagine that Nicodemus would have never come to Jesus! He wouldn’t be in Heaven now! Are you under peer pressure sometimes?
Nicodemus said to Him… John 3:2 Jesus proved He came from God by showing many signs & miracles, like making the blind see, the lame walk, etc. [Rabbi = Teacher or Master in the Hebrew language] 2. “…Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs (miracles) that you do unless God is with him.” John 3:2.
3. Jesus answered and said to him, 3. Jesus answered and said to him, John 3:3 Heaven is the spiritual opposite of this physical world or universe. Kingdom of God “The Kingdom of God” is God’s people! In Heaven & on Earth! And unless we are re-born, we can’t even see or understand God’s Nation of Children of God, on Earth as they are in Heaven. “born again” “born again” means born a second time, all over again, not into this World again, but into God’s spiritual Kingdom! “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“You’ve got to be a baby to go to Heaven!” Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The “Kingdom of God”- God´s Spiritual World. Heaven is the Spiritual Universe or Heavenly Regions where God is all powerful! Heaven, the real World! Jesus says Heaven is real!—A reality! Not a superstition! [Converted = Changed! Superstition = Untrue, unfounded belief or belief system based on legends, lies or false teachings.]
But Nicodemus was puzzled/confused. 4. “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?’" Nicodemus did not understand. He took it literal or fleshly! “In the flesh” like a physical birth. [“In the flesh” is the opposite of “in the spirit” or “spiritually” “Literal” is opposite of “figuratively”]
1. Born of water 2. Of the Spirit! 5 “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless [some]one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Our first birth is a physical birth. Born of water. Born from human seed & from a water bag. Our bodies also, are 70 % water.
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible [seed], through the word of God which lives and abides forever” 2 nd Birth: Born Of the Spirit! Our second birth is a spiritual birth. Born of the Spirit! Gods Spirit!—Jesus! Gods spiritual Seed, brings forth a new spiritual creation. A new son or daughter or Child of God! [ see 1Peter 1:23]
Born again from Eternal Seed! 1Peter 1:23 Our “new man”, the new spiritual child of God, is born from Jesus, who IS the eternal Seed of God, who IS “the Word of God.” See John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt (lived) among us, and we beheld (saw) His glory” Jesus was the living Word of God, a living Bible. [”Abides” = Stays, Continues]
Flesh from flesh, spirit from Spirit! Our human body is born from another human body. Body from body. Flesh from flesh! But our spirit has to be born from God’s Spirit, from Jesus, God´s Son. Spirit from Spirit! Our bodies look like our parents, but our born again spirit will become more and more like God’s Spirit. 6. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Don’t be surprised! Jesus said: Just as the invisible wind comes and goes, so is the new child of God. God´s Spirit makes them come and go. Sometimes active & seen and at other times quiet and still. But FREE! invisible = unseen 7. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” 8. “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Are you born again? You can be! Just receive Jesus in your heart In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says: “Look! I stand at the door (of you heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and dine with him and he with Me.”
Just Receive Jesus Now by saying this simple prayer from your heart: ”Dear Jesus. Please come into my heart. Forgive me for my sins and give me Eternal Life. Help me to love You and love other people and to understand the Bible. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen! Thank You Jesus!” So where is Jesus now? Right in your heart, and He will never leave you. And now you have Eternal Life.
“Born again“ means born a 2nd time! And it‘s forever! Eternal! Just as your Father in Heaven, you also have everlasting Eternal Life, and you can never perish anymore! [to perish (verb) = to go down, to drown, to die, to get lost.] If you could lose eternal life, would it be eternal?? Once you’re b bb born again, you are b bb born again forever! You cannot be “UN-born”! Impossible!
Your second birth means, that you are Gods child now! John 1:12-13 “But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe on his name” “But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe on his name” “Who were BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GOD!” If we invited Jesus into our hearts, we have received the right/the power/the authority, to become His children, the children or sons & daughters of God. “Born of God” means that we are His spiritual baby now. And just as we love our children, so does He love us & will also take good care of us!
new creature You are a new creature now ! born again,a new creation or creature! Once we are born again, the Bible calls us “a new creation or creature!” ”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 — unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ”For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” Galatians 6:15 ”For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”
New-born babies like milk! 1Peter 2:2 What do natural new born babies do? Not much! They lie in bed, sleep, eliminate, play, cry & they just love to drink milk! When WE are ”born again” we should also desire God´s Milk, the ”pure milk of His Word ” in the Bible. “As newborn babes, [do] desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2
Milk of the WORD! Not junkfood! Spiritual babies should “desire the pure milk of the WORD” more than other things… Spiritual junkfood, like worldly newspapers & shallow books or gossip magazines. That is... IF you like to grow spiritually! And spiritually healthy!
Our re-birth is a re-generation that also saves us from spiritual death & damnation! See Titus 3:5 5.“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of REGENERATION and renewing of the Holy Spirit” 5.“Not by works of righteousness which we have done (our own good behaviour), but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of REGENERATION and renewing of the Holy Spirit” We weren’t born physically into this world because we did something good before. And so, neither do we get born into the Spiritual World of God’s Heavenly Kingdom because we deserve it. the washing of regeneration gift of God Our Second Birth—the washing of regeneration—is just a merciful gift of God by grace!
When you’re born again, you are “saved by grace!” See Ephesians 2:8-9 8.“For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that NOT of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” have been saved Note the perfect tense! “ have been saved “ It is finished! It is done! In the past! 9. ”Not of works, lest anyone should boast.” 9. ”Not of works (our own good behaviour), lest anyone should boast.” Our salvation is ONLY by grace! NEVER by works! It’s like a birthday present! FREE!
The Knob is on the Inside! Holman Hunt (English painter ) painted the picture "Christ the Light of the World." It is a painting of Christ in a garden at midnight, holding a lantern in His left hand. With His right hand He is knocking on a heavily paneled door. When the painting was unveiled, several critics were present. One critic detected what he thought was lacking, namely, a knob on the door. He said, "You haven't finished your work.” "It is finished," said the artist. "But there is no knob on the door," protested the critic. "Ah," said the artist, "that is the door to the human heart. It can be opened only from the inside!"
Getting to know Jesus! Here’s a story about a girl who was assigned some book to read in college. She started but because she found it kind of dry and uninteresting, she threw it in the top of her closet and thought she'd read it later. Later on a man came to the college and lectured. She found out during the course of his lecture that he was the author of the book! She fell in love with him on his visit to the college and after hearing his lectures she went home and dug the book out of the top of her closet and buried herself in the book to read it! Why? How come the book was all of a sudden so interesting, whereas she thought it was dry and uninteresting before?—She knew the author! What's the most important reason why we know the Bible is true? We know the Author! We know the Bible is true because we know the Author and we know He wouldn't have written us any lies; we know what He says is right! Before somebody introduced you to the Author, you probably didn't care much about the Bible and didn't know whether it was true or not, never read it and maybe didn't even believe it. But now since we've told you that it's Jesus and you've been introduced to Jesus and have received Jesus in your heart, all of a sudden you're interested in the Bible for the first time maybe in your life, because now you know the Author and you want to hear what He has to say!
Only two religions Save yourself or be saved by another? While presenting the Gospel on the streets of a California city, we were often interrupted as follows: "Look here, sir! There are hundreds of religions in this country, and the followers of each sect think theirs is the only right one. How can poor plain men like us find out what really is the truth?" We generally replied something like this: "Hundreds of religions, you say? That's strange; I've heard of only two." "Oh, but you surely know there are more than that?" "Not at all, sir. I find, I admit, many shades of difference in the opinions of those comprising the two great schools; but after all there are but two. The one covers all who expect salvation by doing; the other, all who have been saved by something done. So you see the whole question is very simple. Can you save yourself, or must you be saved by another? If you can be your own savior, you do not need my message. If you cannot, you would do well to listen to it."
Go by the Book! Two men, the one a foreman, the other, one of the carpenters under him, were standing on the deck of a steamship, then on the stocks, in one of the shipbuilding yards on the Clyde River in Scotland. "Well, Stephen," said the foreman, "I have been anxious to have a conversation with you. I'm told you are one of those people who say they know for certain that they are saved. Is that true?” "Yes," said Stephen, "quite true; thank God, I know I'm saved. In fact, there is nothing I'm more sure of, than that I'm saved. "Well, now," said the foreman, "that is something I cannot see through. How any man can say that he is saved as long as he is in this world. I think it is rather presumptuous for anyone to say so...” "Well," said Stephen, "there is a reality in being saved, in being a child of God & in knowing it. What is the diameter of this pipe?"
Go by the Book! The foreman, astonished at the apparent sudden change in the conversation, said, "Why, 35 centimeters all around, to be sure. What makes you ask that, when you know?” “But are you quite sure that it is 35 centimeters?” "Certainly.” "But what makes you so sure?” "Why, I'm going by the book," and, as he said so, he pulled a book out of his pocket, in which were marked the sizes and position of the various things on the deck. "I'm sure it is 35 centimeters, for it is here in the book, and I got the book from headquarters.” "Oh! I see," said Stephen. "Now look here. That is exactly how I know I'm saved. I'm just going by the Book. It came from headquarters.—It is God's Word."
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