As a newborn babe, you
had just been born
"of the flesh".
But to be "Born Again" means, to be
"of the Spirit".
This is a miracle of spiritual
birth that takes place the minute you believe in
Jesus Christ, accepting Him as Lord
and Savior of your life.
Many important truths are realized with this rebirth, such as...
1. God is a Holy Trinity (the Three in
One), The Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit.
2. Unto us a child was born of the virgin, Mary, and was named
Emmanuel, who is the Christ,
the Messiah, our Saviour,
the Son of God; He
is also called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. (Is 9:6, I Tim 6:15)
3. Jesus later died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins for us.
4. He rose bodily from the dead three days after His death.
5. Soon after, Jesus rose up to Heaven,
and there sits at the right hand of the Father.
6. With Jesus as the Lord and Savior of
your life, there is forgiveness for
your sins; if you obey Him,
He will save your soul,
and take you to live with
unto thee, except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His
only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have
John 3:5, 6,
...The word is nigh
even in thy mouth, and in thy heart;
that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised Him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made
Romans 10:8, 9,
"born again" is like
the metamorphosis of a butterfly...
you are completely changed and become
"a new creature" in Christ". (2 Cor 5:17)
But once you become a new creature in Christ,
you also then must be not conformed
to this world,
but be "transformed
by the renewing of your
mind", as Romans 12:2 tells us to.
But how do we "renew"
Just like on This Old House, we need to renovate before the
house is livable.
Remember how they tore down a wall here; added a bathroom there; ripped out
or a ceiling and started anew? Sometimes the whole foundation was rotten
to be torn up and a whole new foundation put in. In just this way, after
we are Born Again,
we must renovate the "old house". To make our minds 'livable',
we dig up the rotten foundation of our old life; tear down the old sinful
thought patterns, rip out the old worldy habits, get rid of our unworkable,
ungodly ways of dealing with life... With Jesus as our new foundation,
solid as a Rock, and the Holy Spirit leading the work , we can build the new
floors and ceilings of our minds with the solid material of Matthew, Mark,
and John, the new walls and rooms with the rest of God's Word, and then get
on the gardens outside! This
takes hard work, study, and time. For the rest of
our lives we will never stop redecorating...a picture of EphesiansVI here,
repainting a wall with Jude there, adding more storage for
First and Seond Peter... But, fortunately, God knew
that we'd find building better homes and
gardens to be wildly irresistable,
and something we, His children,
never seem to tire of!