You Must Be Born Again

Today I want to look at John 3. The moment when Nicodemus walks up to Jesus and says we know you are with God, because no one separate from God can do the things you have. This leads to You must be born again.
John 3:1-7(ESV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus£ by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again£ he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus 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?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.£ 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

So here we are they talking and they don’t admit Jesus is God but say that God is with him.  Looking at verses 1-7 we see that Jesus is declaring one must be born again to see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus of course questions this asking must a man enter his mothers womb again. The answer is no. Jesus is declaring a spiritual rebirth. It is were your soul is brought from darkness into light. When a transformation of how you act, feel, and think takes place. Jesus is pointing out the fact that simply that you have a change of heart. A reborn life. When I rededicated myself in 2008, I went from a college drinking, swearing, lusting boy. To a man sold out for God. I stopped what I was doing and did a complete 180. Now does that mean I perfect no. Sin still rises up in me. But because I am born again and a child of the kingdom guess what I have the ability to break the bondage of that sin and move forward. Other things you will see with being born again are fruits of the spirit. What are you doing with your salvation? Because if Jesus is the vine and we are branches which produce fruit, what are we producing. What are doing to further of the Kingdom of God? (John 15:1-11) Or are you simply one of those who went forward said a prayer and went right back to life as normal? Were you born again?

One last thing I want to note about this passage. Nicodemus came at night to Jesus. To explain Jesus was being watched closely by the Jewish leadership. And to be known with Jesus was to be under scrutiny  Nicodemus is a Jewish leader and is trying to avoid making it known that he is talking to Jesus. He came to Jesus at night because he was ashamed to actually being will to talk to Jesus in public because he was afraid to lose his leadership.

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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2 Responses to You Must Be Born Again

  1. gary says:

    Isn’t it odd that if the Baptists and evangelicals are correct that their “born again experience” is the true and ONLY means of salvation, the term “born again” is only mentioned three times in the King James Bible? If “making a decision for Christ” is the only means of salvation, why doesn’t God mention it more often in his Word? Why only THREE times? Isn’t that REALLY, REALLY odd?

    Why is it that the Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, NEVER uses this term? Why is this term never used in the Book of Acts to describe the many mentioned Christian conversions? Why is this term only used by Jesus in a late night conversation with Nicodemus, and by Peter once in just one letter to Christians in Asia Minor?

    If you attend a Baptist/evangelical worship service what will you hear? You will hear this: “You must be born again: you must make a decision for Christ. You must ask Jesus into your heart. You must pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner’s Prayer). You must be an older child or adult who has the mental capacity to make a decision to believe, to make a decision to repent, and to make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart.”

    It is very strange, however, that other than “you must be born again” none of this terminology is anywhere to be found in the Bible! Why do Baptists and evangelicals use this non-biblical terminology when discussing salvation?

    Maybe…making a “decision” for Christ is NOT the manner in which sinners are saved!


    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

    • I fill that one has to be called to God by God himself through the holy spirit to make the “decision” Which really doesn’t make it a decision at all. The born again refers to the fact that we are dead in our trespasses and sin (Romans 3:23), and are “reborn” in Christ because of the transformation that occurs with true believers. Paul makes a reference to it in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. The term born again in the Greek literally means born from above. This is the transformation that happens in true believers. The spiritual rebirth. These are just my thoughts though.

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