Born Again

“Ye must be born again” John 3:7.

 I met a great church-going lady who had taught Sunday School and even attended Bible college. But she was not born again.

A very moral man spoke about how he was born again. He had served his church many ways, but it was not until, in his 60’s, he heard God’s Word and was saved.

WHAT IS IT?

To be born again means you receive a heavenly birth. It literally means “born from above”. Good works like those done by this man and woman cannot do it – not baptism, not communion, not feeding the poor, etc.

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” Jesus said these words to a religious man. He needed this birth. Jesus told him, “Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven” John 3:5. A heavenly entrance needs a heavenly birth.

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

 People who are born again “were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”   John 1:13.

God must do it for you!

We are “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God . . .” 1 Peter 1:23. Corruptible simply means decayed or false. Man’s ideas on getting into heaven are corrupt. Only in God’s Word do we find God’s method on how to be born again. Here is what it says.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23

God’s Word says:

   1) You are a sinner and have earned the

       wages for your sin, which is death.

         “The wages of sin is death . . .”

   2) He has a gift for you. You do not earn

       gifts. Salvation is “the gift of God.”

   3) Jesus Christ is the provider of this

       gift. It is “through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

You can be and must be born again, but you must do it God’s way.

GOD’S WAY

“Christ died for our sins, . . He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4.

Your sins demand a payment. You need a redeemer to purchase your salvation. Jesus paid your sin debt on Calvary’s cross. That is why He can give you eternal life as a gift. He paid for it with His life

. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12.

You receive Jesus by faith. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

I realize that I need to be born again. By faith, I receive Jesus, God’s risen Son, as my Savior. I turn away from my sin and stop trusting my own works to get me to heaven. I accept Jesus’ shed blood as my sin payment and I give my life to Him.