What Does It Mean To Be “Born Again”?

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he CANNOT see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” - John 3:1-7 KJV

To be “born again” means to have He (Jesus) Who is the beginning born in you. In Revelation 1:8 Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the BEGINNING 

and the ENDING, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which is to COME, the Almighty.” Alpha and Omega are the FIRST and LAST letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively. Man by birth is spiritually dead, which I will explain further in a moment. To be born-again is a MIRACLE OF GOD, by which Jesus Christ comes into your body to live, literally in the form of the Spirit of God. Romans 8:9 KJV: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

To understand what it means to be born-again, it is necessary to understand that there are TWO BIRTHS. The “first” birth is the PHYSICAL BIRTH when you were born into this world from your mother and father. When the Bible speaks of being “born of water,” it is speaking about the PHYSICAL BIRTH (NOT baptism). The “second” birth is a SPIRITUAL BIRTH, which means to be born of the “Spirit” (that is, God's Holy Spirit).

But the natural man receiveth NOT the things of the SPIRIT OF GOD: for they are FOOLISHNESS unto him: neither can he know them, because they are SPIRTUALLY DISCERNED.” - 1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV

The reason why you need to be “spiritually” born is because you have NEVER been spiritually born to begin with. So when the Bible speaks of being “born again,” it actually means “born for the SECOND TIME.” You were born physically into this world, but you were born WITHOUT the Spirit of God in your soul (SPIRITUALLY DEAD). Yes, God created you, but He gave you a FREEWILL to decide for yourself WHERE you will spend eternity. 

God NEVER forces ANYONE to accept JESUS as their Savior. He simply offers a warm invitation to ANYONE who wants to have their SINS FORGIVEN and go to HEAVEN. Salvation is a FREE GIFT (Romans 5:15; 6:23), paid for by the PRECIOUS BLOOD of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18,19; Revelation 1:5). We must accept God's gift of eternal life or it WILL be forever FORFEITED when we leave this world (die).

To be “spiritually” born means that God's Holy Spirit “quickens” us (or makes us ALIVE). When a sinner believes on the Lord Jesus as the Christ—trusting Him ALONE to forgive all sins—then God the Father and God the Son come into one's heart in the form of God the Holy Spirit (John 14:3). The “Holy Spirit” is “God within us.” The old man is the FLESH. The old man CANNOT be tamed. There is NOTHING GOOD about the flesh. When we get saved (born again), the old man doesn't change. Rather, the new man (which is Jesus Christ) comes to indwell (live) WITHIN OUR BODY. 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

I have God living in my body in the form of the HOLY SPIRIT. I was born-again in 1997. Romans 8:9 tells us that the Spirit of Christ dwells within every believer. I am not God, but I have God's Spirit LIVING IN MY BODY. The Godhead indwells EVERY BELIEVER. The Holy Spirit of God GUIDES me, COMFORTS me, TEACHES me, REBUKES me, CHASTISES me, CONVICTS me, ENCOURAGES me, EMPOWERS me, LOVES me, STRENGTHENS me, and so much MORE. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to do these things. This is why it is critically important for every believer to LIVE IN THEIR BIBLE (and make sure you have a RELIABLE Bible—I ONLY use the faithful King James Bible). 

The GOOD NEWS (the GOSPEL) is that it is VERY EASY to have the second birth, i.e., a SPIRITUAL BIRTH. God came down to this earth 2,000 years ago and took upon Himself the form of a MAN.  That man was the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14; 1 Timothy 3:16). Literally, the GODHEAD became incarnate (Colossians 2:9King James Bible). 

Jesus was born of a VIRGIN (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus NEVER SINNED even ONCE (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus died, was buried and ROSE AGAIN after THREE DAYS (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus shed His precious blood to pay for ALL our sins (Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18,19), and applied that blood to the Mercy seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 24-26). My friend, if you BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God Who died, was buried and rose again for YOUR SINS, and you've made that YOUR HOPE for HEAVEN by BELIEVING ON HIS NAME, then you are a BORN-AGAIN CHILD OF GOD.

Jesus is the Savior Who PAID for OUR SINS. If you realize that you're a guilty sinner, then you simply need to BELIEVE on the Gospel of Jesus Christ to have your sins forgiven. BELIEVE that Christ died and was resurrected, shedding His precious blood to wash away your sins. All God the Father asks is that we come for salvation by way of THE CROSS upon which His Son Jesus Christ died.

Just take God AT HIS WORD and claim His salvation BY FAITH. Believe, and you will be SAVED. No church, no lodge, nor any amount of good works can save you. Remember, GOD does the saving. ALL OF IT! Man's part is to BELIEVE. God does the saving. Being born-again is a SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE of God in response to a man's faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a SINNER. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend ETERNITY in HELL. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for ALL of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by FAITH.

You say, "Surely, it cannot be THAT SIMPLE!" Yes, that simple. It is SCRIPTURAL, it is GOD'S PLAN. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

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Bible Statistics

The Whole Bible:

1)   Number of books - 66

2)   Chapters - 1,189

3)   Verses - 31,102

4)   Words - 783,137

5)   Letters - 3,566,480

6)   Promises - 1,260

7)   Commands - 6,468

8)   Predictions - over 8,000

9)   3,268 verses of fulfilled prophecy

10) 3,140 verses of unfulfilled prophecy

11) Questions - 3,294

12) Longest name - 18 letters (Isaiah 8:1)

13) Longest verse - Esther 8:9

14) Shortest verse - John 11:35

15) Middle books - Micah and Nahum

16) Middle verse - Psalm 118:8

17) Middle and shortest chapter - Psalm 117

18) Largest book - Psalms

19) Smallest book - 3 John (counting words)

20) Longest chapter - Psalm 119

21) Word God occurs, 3,358 times

22) Lord occurs 7,736 times

23) Authors - 40

24) Languages translated in - over 1,100

25) First chapter divisions made in 1227 A.D.

26) First complete English Bible - 1380 A.D.

The Old Testament

1)   Number of books - 39

2)   Chapters - 929

3)   Verses - 23,144

4)   Words - 602,585

5)   Letters - 2,728,100

6)   Middle book - Proverbs

7)   Middle chapter - Job 20

8)   Middle verses - 2 Chronicles 20:17,18

9)   Smallest book - Obadiah

10) Shortest verse - 1 Chronicles 1:25

11) Longest verse - Esther 8:9

12) Longest chapter - Psalm 119

13) Largest book - Psalms

The New Testament

1)   Number of books - 27

2)   Chapters - 260

3)   Verses - 7,957

4)   Words - 180,552

5)   Letters - 838,380

6)   Middle book - 2 Thessalonians

7)   Middle chapters - Romans 8,9

8)   Middle verse - Acts 27:17

9)   Smallest book - 3 John (counting words)

10) Shortest verse - John 11:35

11) Longest verse - Revelations 20:4

12) Longest chapter - Luke 1

13) Largest book - Luke

The Declaration

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 KJV

"To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?  Behold, their ear is uncirumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it." - Jeremiah 6:10 KJV

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." - John 15:18,19 KJV

"The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." - John 7:7 KJV

"He that hateth me hateth my Father also." - John 15:23 KJV

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." - Ephesians 6:12 KJV

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." - Matthew 24:24 KJV

"...Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." - St. Matthew 24:11,12 KJV

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." - 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." - 2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV

"And they will deceive everyone his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity." - Jeremiah 9:5 KJV

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV

"...Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." - Titus 1:11 KJV

"For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." - Ephesians 5:12 KJV

"He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." - John 7:18 KJV

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I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth and because of this I will not walk in trickery, adulterating the Word of God, tampering with the gospel to make it less offensive, in order for men to commend me.  Instead, I will be faithful to the Gospel, manifesting the truth in order to commend myself to every man's conscience, with God watching...

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