Being Born Again
John chapter 3.
What Does It Mean?
Chapter three of John's Gospel is all about being Born Again.
What does this mean? Jesus told Nicodemus that unless he
was "Born Again", he would not see the kingdom of God (v3).
Nicodemus was totally confused and yet as a teacher of Israel he
should have understood what this meant. And as a member of
the supreme Jewish council, he should have grasped the meaning of
Old Testament prophecies about the new birth (v10).
For instance in Ezekiel 36:26-27, where God promised:
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of
And I will put My Spirit in you and move you
follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws".
So, what does it mean to be "Born Again"? It means that you
experience a spiritual rebirth and inner transformation of the
sin-hardened heart. This brings a change of direction
of a person's life toward God. Only the supernatural work by
the Holy Spirit within us can accomplish such a dramatic a change.
John 3:15-18 reassures us that whoever believes in Jesus and His
sacrifice for our sins on Calvary, is not condemned by God.
The Apostle John goes on to say in verse 16:
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
What We Must Do:
What has God done for us, and what we must do? God has provided
eternal life in Jesus Christ, while our part is to believe.
John 1:12 says:
"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."
Here, the apostle defined "believe" in terms of "receive" and in John
3:15, "believe" is defined in terms of "repent". Repenting
means to turn away from our old sinful life to God's way, and
acknowledging that we are sinners who deserve eternal death and
separation from God.
We ask God's forgiveness and receive Jesus into our hearts as our Lord
and Saviour. Receiving is putting our faith and belief in God
and trusting God enough to open our hearts for His gift of Salvation
that He wants to give to us.
Being Born Again:
And so when Jesus says, "You must be born again", He simply means that
to enter His kingdom, you must let God come into your life, and to
let Him work there as He pleases. If you have turned to God
and trust His promise to give you new life in Jesus, you have
Eternal Life now.
And through the miracle of the new birth, your life on earth will
become fresh and new!