Ye Must Be Born Again

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 3:3-7

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, came to Jesus because he saw that He was a “teacher come from God.”  He knew that Jesus was something special and he wanted to know all about it.  Jesus told him that “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  That was obviously a “hard saying” for Nicodemus, who was confused and wondered how a person could be born a second time.  Jesus then explained it further.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  When we are born, we are “born of the flesh.”  That is our “first birth.”  And, in it, we inherit a sin nature that has been passed down all the way from Adam.  Our first birth leaves us with a spiritual problem.  We are, by birth,  by nature, and by practice, sinners.  We need a “new birth.”  We need a spiritual birth, which is exactly what Jesus is talking about here.  That is why He told Nicodemus, “Marvel not that I say unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Each and every one of us comes into the world a sinner.  And each and every one of us needs to experience a “Spiritual birth.”  Without that spiritual birth, we “cannot enter the kingdom of God.”  We must be born again.

2 responses to this post.

  1. So thankful for the chance to be born again! God bless you, Ben!

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