Presentation on theme: "Born Again “Born Again” What’s That? Born a Second Time “Can You be Born a Second Time? There is an expression that says: “Today is the first day."— Presentation transcript:
Born Again “Born Again” What’s That? Born a Second Time “Can You be Born a Second Time? There is an expression that says: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” You can start all over again. Today!
In the Bible, in the Gospel of John we read “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night.” “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night.” John chapter 3: verse 1-2 Nicodemus, a Jewish priest of the sect of the Pharisees, knew that Jesus was different. He was hungry for the truth, but… he was probably embarrassed & afraid to be seen by day, by his colleagues, his peers, the other priests! So Nicodemus came to Jesus by night! This we call: “Peer pressure!” If we obey and listen to our peers only, we may never find the truth! Imagine that Nicodemus would never have been born again! We would not meet him in Heaven! Peers=Friends, colleagues, family members. Peer Pressure= Social control over us from our peers.
Nicodemus talks with Jesus John 3:2 “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God is with him.” “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God is with him.” John 3:2 Miracles can be proof of messiah-ship! Messiah=Savior of the World! From “to save!” (verb) Rabbi=“Teacher” or “Master” in Hebrew language
Born Again? John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “born again” “born again” means born a second time, all over again! Not into this World again, but into GOD’s Heavenly Kingdom! Heaven = The opposite of Earth, the physical world, or Universe Kingdom of God The “Kingdom of God” is God’s people! Heaven! Unless you are re-born, you can’t even SEE or understand God’s Nation of Children of God on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of God “The Kingdom of God” God´s Spiritual World. “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of 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.” Heaven, the Heavenly Regions or Spiritual Universe, where God is all powerful! Heaven! The real World! Jesus says Heaven is real! A reality! Not superstition! Superstition = untrue or unfounded belief or belief- system based on legends, lies or false teachings.
Nicodemus was puzzled/confused. “Nicodemus said unto him, HOW can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?” Nicodemus didn’t understand. He took it literal, materialistically, fleshly! “In the flesh!” “In the flesh” = opposite of “Spiritually” “in the spirit” “materialistic” = opposite of “idealistic” “Literally”= opposite of “figuratively.”
Born of water and of the Spirit! Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into 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. Our second birth is a spiritual birth. Born of Spirit! God’s Spirit, Jesus, God´s spiritual Seed, brings forth a new spiritual creation. A new child, son or daughter of God!
In 1 Peter 1:23 we read: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of in- corruptible seed. By the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.” 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.” “And the Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we saw His glory…” John 1:14 Jesus was the living Word of God, a walking Bible.
BORN of the SPIRIT “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is 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 like God’s spirit.
Don’t be surprised! Jesus said: “Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again.” “The wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell where it comes from, and where it goes to: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” 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. invisible = unseen
“Born again“ means born for the 2nd time! And it is forever! born again born again Once born again, you are born again forever! You cannot be “UN-born”! Impossible! Once born always born! You have everlasting Eternal life, just like your Father in Heaven, and you can not perish anymore. to perish (verb) = to go down, to drown, to die, to get lost.
Your second birth means, that you are His child now! “But as many as received him [Jesus, God’s Seed], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” “Which were BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!” “Which were BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!” John 1:12-13 If we’ve received 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 againa new creature! When we are born again, the Bible calls us “a new creature!” ”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are 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 circum- cision avails anything, nor un-circumcision, but a new creature. ” Galatians 6:15 ”For in Christ Jesus neither circum- cision avails anything, nor un-circumcision, but a new creature. ”
New-born spiritual babies 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2 What do natural new born babies do? Not much! They lie in bed, sleep, eliminate, cry & they just love to drink milk! When we are ”born again” we also should desire God´s Milk, the ”pure milk of His Word ” in the Bible.
Babies need Milk! Not junkfood! And so spiritual babies should “desire the pure Milk of the WORD” much more than other things... like spiritual junkfood, system books, worldly newspapers & shallow gossip magazines. That is... IF they wish to grow up spiritually healthy!
“Re-generation” means re-born! Saved from spiritual death & damnation! Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” We are not born into this physical world because we did something good. Neither are we born into the Spiritual World of God’s Kingdom, because we deserve it. the washing of regeneration gift of God Second birth--the washing of regeneration--is just a merciful gift of God by grace!
“The Knob is on the Inside!” Holman Hunt (English painter 1827-1910) 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! There’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!
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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