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Born Again ?

I remember hearing this phrase in the early 70’s and wondering what kind of people would say such a thing. I heard it from preachers, who made it sound like a threat and from young people, who made it sound like a new drug. Whatever the source, it sounded like foolishness to me.
I was much like Nicodemus of the Bible, in the book of John, chapter three. Nicodemus was an educated man, a religious leader of the Jewish faith. When he heard of the teachings of Jesus and of the miracles He performed, he paid Jesus a visit, expecting, I think, to hear confirmation of what he already believed. The first recorded remark from Jesus probably bewildered Nicodemus as much as it did me.

John 3:3
“ I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God. “

John 3:4
“ What do you mean? ” exclaimed Nicodemus. “ How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again? ”


He was an educated man, so I understand Nicodemus to mean, “Can a leopard change its spots?” Or “How can I change what I have always counted on as true?”

A key to Jesus’ meaning of ‘born again’ is the Greek word for ‘again’; anothen.
It has these meanings.


So, being born again means a complete change of inner beliefs and the good news is that it isn’t up to us, because it is from God.

John 3:5
The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.


Being born of water can be understood in different ways, but my own understanding comes from the following scriptures.


So, this new birth is a complete change and can be had by hearing and reading God’s word and by the work of God’s Holy Spirit.

Nicodemus received God’s word from Jesus Himself. You and I can receive it by studying the Bible and by listening to the preaching of God’s word.

So, being Born Again is not such a hard thing to understand. It is simply a word picture for the most exciting and important happening that can occur in anyone’s life.It is the beginning of the change that results in the most incredible journey of your life.

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