3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
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?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
This is the only time that Jesus used the metaphor of being born again yet it has come to describe the new life of the believer. We are often called “the born-againers” with a bit of a derogatory tone. After Adam and Eve died spiritually in the Garden we have come to understand the “new birth” as the coming alive to God that they lost. For while sin kills, Christ gives life. Paul says that we were “quickened” or made alive in Christ. The idea of new life in Christ begins with the new birth.
This authoritative statement by Jesus demanding that we be born again if we want to see the kingdom of God has drawn thousands if not millions come to salvation through Christ. We are dead in trespasses and sins. We cannot bring ourselves to life in God. We need an external life-source to birth us into the family of God. Thus, we need to be born again. There is physical birth and there is spiritual birth. Jesus made this clear to Nicodemus. Do not confuse spiritual and physical birth. They are two different events. No one is born spiritually at birth, thus the need to be born again.
Are you born again? Has Jesus Christ, through His eternal Spirit, entered your life and brought His eternal life with Him? Do you possess spiritual life? When a body is dead we know it. When a life is void of spiritual life we know that too. Are you born again? Do you have spiritual life in you that gives you a hunger to eat spiritual food and to grow and develop spiritual muscles and thoughts? Are you a member of the family of God by new birth? Take time to examine your life and allow the words of Christ to Nicodemus bring light into your soul.
Yesterday was a wonderful day at Grace for Life. Our morning service with rich with worship and praise and fellowship. The message required us to examine whether or not we always labor abundantly for the Lord. We observed the Lord’s table in worship and praise. We brought in another new member into our congregation; welcome to Michelle this week and Pam last week. We then enjoyed the fellowship of a meal together.
Last night we hosted Harvest America and had many people come who are not part of our church family. It was a joy to see so many people together rejoicing in the worship and in the message of salvation. Greg Laurie brought a powerful message on salvation. He opened up his life and told of his mom and step dad. His mom was married seven times. His step dad was a lawyer who was a good man. Both of them needed salvation through Jesus Christ. I am thankful for God’s use of a man to proclaim His message to so many people in one night. Today I am praying that God will save many who heard the message last night.
This week is John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conference. I have not been for three years and am looking forward to going. Pray for this to be a time of great challenge to me to love God and His word more. Pray that it will be a time of refreshing as both Steven and Justin are also going. If you have a pastoral need this week you will need to contact either Tom, Pastor Bill or Ben.
Thanks for a great Sunday together. I am still rejoicing.
Have a great day and week in the Lord, PS