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1. What does it mean to be born again?

    Jesus told a man called Nicodemus in John chapter 3, verse 3 "I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus then asked a question that no doubt comes to any reasonable mind, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" It does seem silly that a person could be 'reborn' physically when they have already grown to maturity. Jesus answered him, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Understanding Nicodemus' puzzlement, Jesus picked up on his understanding "born again" as a physical birth. Jesus explained to him that a man must not only be "born of water" (our physical birth is preceded by the emergence of amniotic water from the womb) but every person must also be "born of the Spirit." Jesus went on to clarify His meaning by saying, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." We need not only to be born physically, but spiritually as well if we want to be part of the kingdom of God.

    How is one born 'spiritually'? When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they died spiritually (just as God said that they would [Genesis 2:17]). That spiritual death was passed on to all of Adam and Eve's descendants as the scripture witnesses in [Romans 5:12], "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" We are all born with the fallen nature of Adam. We all ultimately sin because it is our inherent nature to do so. Sin is what separates us from God [Isaiah 59:2]. If the only birth that we have is a physical birth, we are still dead in God's eyes - eternally separated from Him by SIN! In order to be reunited with God we need a second birth. We need to be made alive spiritually from the death that sin brought into our life [Ephesians 2:1-9]. This birth is not one that we can earn [Ephesians 2:8,9], it is a spiritual birth that is effected by God's Holy Spirit [John 3:6] [Titus 3:5]. How do you get that new birth? Listen to what the Holy Bible says in [Romans 10:8-11], "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."

    Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine! He paid the debt for all the sins ever committed by anyone against God. When He arose from the grave, He was victorious over sin, death and hell! If you will only believe on Him from your heart; and with your mouth ask Him to forgive your sins and save you from having to pay for them yourself - then you will be born again! [Romans 6:23] says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Your options are only two: Remain in your sins and, when you die physically, all hope of life is gone. You will be condemned to spend eternity separated from God in an awful place called Hell. OR, confess your sins before God and ask His forgiveness. Trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to pay the debt of sin that you owe God. Ask Him to be your Saviour. That is what is meant by "being born again" - according to the Bible.