Being “born again” and why it’s so important

In John 3, a Pharisee named Nicodemus has seen the ministry of Jesus and he’s intrigued by this man. He approaches the Lord and Jesus tells this respected Jewish leader, who had dedicated his life to knowing the Bible and following God’s laws, that he must be “born again.”
Being born again is also called regeneration and it is new life given by God through the Holy Spirit.
In John 3, Jesus says that a person cannot see the kingdom of God without being born again (John 3:3).
Jesus words on the subject matter. He is the authority.
He’s telling Nicodemus, but he’s also telling all of us what must be done.
The one who died and rose and lives today died that death so we could have life.
There’s nothing else that counts. You can’t be good enough. You must have faith. The Spirit isn’t given to everyone, only to those who are born again. And you can have that if you believe in Jesus by faith.
People like to believe in false gospels, because they hate the idea that Jesus is the only way.
But Jesus was lifted up so that everyone who believes can have eternal life.
Without that, you don’t have eternal life.
Jesus died once so those who are born twice only have to die once.
Everyone else will die twice. There will be their physical, earthly death, and also the eternal death and torment apart from God.
Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
It’s not up for debate in the same way that the laws of gravity aren’t up for a debate. They’re what they are regardless of if you like them.
Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.
Have you been born again? Have you come to faith in Jesus?
We don’t get to walk into heaven on our terms.
Jesus is the way.
Because a Christian is born again, they are given this spiritual life, they are justified, which means they are in right legal standing with God. They are declared holy and righteous. A person is adopted into the family of God and is promised a heavenly inheritance. A person is sanctified which is the continual process of being made Holy and is equipped with Spiritual gifts.
All of these things happen to a person who has been born again and has faith.
Without being born again, a person doesn’t have the Spirit which means they’re not born again.
If a person doesn’t have the Spirit, they’re not justified. Jesus’ grace does not apply to them if they haven’t responded in faith to the gospel.
You must be born again.
It all goes together.
You don’t have an inheritance if you’re not born again because you haven’t been adopted if you haven’t been born again.
They have nothing to do with how nice we are, how moral you are. This entire system flies in the face of a person’s ability to earn salvation.

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Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in Minnesota.

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