How are we born again?
How is a person born again? Is it the same as being saved? I typed in this question and found many answers, but few of them even mentioned the answer the Holy Bible gives. As a matter of fact, most seemed to avoid this answer all together. Jesus told Nicodemus, unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3: 1-8 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 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. 3 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. 4 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? 5 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. 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. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Jesus said a man must be born of water and the Spirit. Being born of water symbolizes giving our life to Jesus, and accepting him as our Lord and Savior. This is the first, and most important thing, any of us can do. People assume when we have done this, we are now also born of the Spirit, and therefore born again.We do receive God’s Spirit at this time, but there is more to it. Jesus had this to say about his word. John 6: 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. God’s word is spirit. It changes our life. By it we replace the spirit of the world and renew our minds. Romans 12: 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I believed when I accepted Jesus into my life, I would be magically transformed into a new person. But I was disappointed. I tried to be different, but I did not see much change. I did not witness much good fruit, of this new way of life.
Mathew 13: The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Jesus gave the parable of the sower who sowed seed, and some seed produced fruit. He went on to explain the parable. The seed is the word of God, and the soil is a persons heart. He said those that received the word, and understood it, would bear fruit. To be born again, is to be born with a new mind and heart. Not the mind and heart of Adam, but the mind and heart of Christ. The Apostle Peter wrote of being born again. It is important to see what he had to say about it. 1 Peter 1: 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Here Peter talks again about God’s word being a seed, and by it we are born again. Finally to be begotten of God, means to be born of God. James wrote this. James 1: 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James states here again that we are begotten by the word of truth. God has not given us some magical formula to be born again. His ways are not full of mystery and complications. We are born with a human mind and spirit. It is reinforced by the god of this world, through TV and movies, music, and all mass forms of communication. It is not hard to see why the world is growing darker and darker. We need to shine brighter and brighter, until that glorious day that our Lord returns. Philippians 4: 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus