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The Scriptural meaning of being Born Again

The New Birth – New Creation in Christ

Doctrinal Foundation Series by Rev. Jay Werman.


Text base: John 3:1-12

 

  1. The new birth is the act by which God imparts His nature (eternal life) to those who accept the justification that he provided.
  2. The new birth in the biblical context means, “Being born from above”, and literally means “must be a part of God Transformation and Renewal in divine justice and holiness to be saved.” 2 Cor 5:17-21; Eph 5:22-24; Col 1:13-14, 20; 2:12-17; 3:1-6.
    In John 3:1-12 Jesus uses a key phrase in the transformation of the human being, the expression “born again.” Notice that Jesus told Nicodemus;

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” V.3

Stating that “No one can walk in the same dimension where God dwells unless born again.” The new birth occurs internally at the same time we confess Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. Rom 10:8-10.

More about the new spiritual birth:

  1. Paul expands the thought expressed by Jesus about the new birth in 2 Cor 5:17.
  2. That’s the price that Jesus paid that we have the right to be called “Children of God”. Jn 1:12-13
  3. We are adopted as “sons of God” to be born again. Gal 4:5.
  4. Our “position as sons of God” is given to us to be born again. Rom 8:14-16. Compare also Eph 1:5. Man was created in union with God and His grace and favor, but he fell from the “Position” of “Born Again” to return to God’s grace.

Evidence of having experienced the New Birth:

  1. KEEP his commandments. 1 Jn 2:3-5; Jn 14:21-24; 15:10.
  2. WALKING as He walked. 1 Jn 2:6,29, 3:7, 4:17, 5:1-18.
  3. We LOVE the brethren. 1 Jn 2:7-11; Jn 13:34-35; 15:12-13; 1 Cor 13.
  4. Our sins were FORGIVEN. Eph 1:7; Col 2:13; Rev 1:5; 1 Jn 1:9, 2:12.
  5. We REMAIN in his word. Jn 8:31-32; 15:7; Rom 1:16; 1 Jn 2:14.
  6. We DO the Will of God. Jn 15:18; 17:16; Rom 12:1-2; Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15-17.
  7. We STAY in unit. Jn 17:11, 21; Rom 16:17; Eph 4:1-3; 1 Jn 2:18-19.
  8. TAKING The Anointing of the Holy and Truth IN US. Jn 7:37-39; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; 1 Jn 2:20.


8 blessings we receive through the new birth:

  • We received the power or ability to do justice (or fairness). 1 Jn 2:29.
  • Our current position as children of God. 1 Jn 3:1-3; 8-10.
  • Complete freedom from sin. 1 Jn 3:9; 5:18.
  • Genuine love for the brethren. 1 Jn 4: -8; 3:14-18; 5:1.
  • Love to God as our Father. 1 Jn 4:19; 5:1-3.
  • Power and skills to make and keep the commandments of the NT Jn 1:12, 14:15, 15:14, 1 Jn 5:2-3.
  • To be able to overcome the world. 1 Jn 5:4-5.
  • Freedom from the power of darkness. Col 1:13; 1 Jn. 5:18.James 1:18 says “He (God) of His will He brought us forth (in spirit) with the word of truth, that we are the first fruits of his creatures.”

 

  • The expression “… by the word of truth..” implies that this is one of “divine agents used by God to make men new creatures”. Jn. 3:5; 1 Pet 1:23; Eph 5:26.
  • The Will of God is that “all men to be saved.” Read 1 Tim 2:4. But because God gave man “free will”, also known as “The ability and the right to decide for or against God”, Salvation depends on a “voluntary choice of each person.” Romans 10:9 say, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

 


May our God keep blessing your life!!

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