Born Again? A phrase used by so many today. Yet only a few grasp and understand what this experience really means, and the kind of life that is born after it.
So what does it mean to be born again? To understand this better, we have to first understand its importance, how you can experience it and then finally the life that is born after this new birth.
So lets start with its importance.
Some people believe that there is only one God and that men worship this God differently through the various religions we see today. However, this is not what that Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that there is only One true God, the creator of all things both living and non-living, visible and invisible. This God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the I Am That I Am. This same God has a Kingdom referred to as the Kingdom Of God and requires that everyone who desires to be part of His Kingdom to worship Him must first be born again. Any other way of worship, that does not start with this, is not acknowledged by Him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:3 KJV
To become a member of the true family of God and start your journey to spending eternity with Him, you MUST be born again. Without this, you have NO hope of heaven. Regardless of how morally good you believe you are, or all the good things or deeds you have done, which is good if you do, however, they have no power to give you eternal life. The only way to God is to be born again.
How then can a person be born again?
Jesus said in John 14:6 KJV “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.
To get to God (The Father), you must go through His only begotten Son Jesus (who is God Himself). The bible says in Colossians 1:19 KJV “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” Therefore, it is the Will of God, that to come to Him, you must first come through His only begotten Son Jesus, because He is the only One who has paid the price to save and ransom man from his sins.
Jesus is therefore calling on everyone to come to Him. He says in Matthew 11:28 KJV “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” and in John 6:37b KJV “and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
All Jesus is asking you to do today is to believe in Him as the Son Of God, believe that He has paid the price for all your sins and ask Him to forgive you of every sin you’ve ever committed and to give you a new life. Surrendering your whole life and everything you are into His hands.
If you do this genuinely with a true and sincere heart, your spirit man will be born anew by the Spirit of God into the family of God. (Every man and woman has a physical body, a spiritual body and a soul. It is your spiritual body that is born during this very experience).
You can relate this birth to the birth of a new born baby into a family, however, in this case, it is the Spirit of the Most high God who is birthing you into the family of God. Your spirit will be like a new born baby, needing to drink the true milk of the Word of God and to pray everyday to be sustained and to grow and mature from that baby to a fully grown adult in the body Christ (which is the Family of God). Just like its written in 1 Peter 2:2 KJV “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
This is what it means to be born again. It is being spiritually birthed into the family of God.
After this, you can never remain the same. It brings a complete change of life.
The life that matches the experience
Being born again is a true miracle indeed, and with continuous submission to God, your whole life undergoes a complete transformation.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is an new creature: old things are passed away; behold all this are become new2 corinthians 5:17 kjv
When Jesus becomes the Lord of your life, His very nature (character) becomes you and you begin to live and act just like Jesus would. His holiness, purity, honesty, displeasure for sin and pride, nature of love, modesty, seeking the Will of His Father and many more gradually becomes who are. We become His ambassador and replica on earth. The best part about it is that He gives us the Power to be like Him, as it is written in John 1:12 KJV “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” However, sadly is not the case with many who profess to be born again today, they live lives completely opposite of who Christ is and what He represents. Which is not His will.
Many choose to hide under the cloak of saying that Jesus is God, He can live a sinless life, but we, we are human, its impossible for a man to be holy. This is the deception of the devil. Everything God has ever asked man to do, he made sure everything was in place for man to do and achieve it. He has given us the power to become His sons and daughters. It is therefore not by our power we achieve this but by the power and grace of God.
All you need to do is to daily ask Him for that grace and power, daily check your hearts and life to see if we are still in a right standing with God and returning back to him if found wanting .
Today many now go by the doctrine of once you are born again you are forever born again regardless of the life you live, hence believing they can continue living a life of sin and still be on the way to heaven. This is a great deception from the devil and its a complete lie. Jesus mentioned so many times in the bible that we are to remain watchful and prayerful while waiting for His return. Below are some references:
The bible says in Mark 13:33 KJV “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is”, 1 Corinthians 10:12 KJV “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”and in Luke 21:34 KJV “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
The bible also says in Ezekiel 3:20 KJV “Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered…..”
This means that a Christian who who has left the way of righteousness and goes back into sin, if he dies in that sin without repenting, the bible says that his initial righteousness will not be acknowledged. Hence, you will be judged by your current standing before death. Therefore, we must continue in His righteousness and be loyal to him if we want to see him on the final day.
So now you know what it really means to be born again, you know it’s importance and what is expected of you. I pray that this finished work of Christ will transform the whole of your being, so that you will be a reflection of His Glorious Image. Nothing on earth has the ability to transform the life of a man except the finished work of Christ.
If you are born again and are yet to see this transformation in your life, I urge you to dig deeper and imbibe the habit of reading and meditating on the Word of God daily and determine to do what it says. The Word contains the basic instructions for life and living and has the power to shapen our lives. When I gave my life to Christ, I made up my mind to pattern my life strictly according to the instructions of the bible and this brought me closer to God and transformed my life. I know that if you too follow this step, your life will be a reflection of the transformation that Christ brings.
If you are not born again, you can do so now by repenting of your sins and asking Jesus to be Lord over your life. Please do hesitate or postpone this decision.
Thank you so much for reading this post. God bless you and remain blessed.