Beloved, sometimes we hear certain words and because of our preconceived notions, we can miss what is really trying to be communicated to us. One phrase that exists in most Christian circles that can turn others off because there is a lack of understanding is the term “born again.” A lot of times when people hear the term “a born again Christian,” they think of someone who is really extreme, radical, out of touch, or unsophisticated.
But do you know what Jesus said?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
When Jesus used the Words “born again,” He was not just talking about a change of lifestyle, a new beginning, or even referring to a person’s amount of zeal. He was not figuratively speaking or using a metaphor. What He was talking about was literally being born of God’s Spirit and becoming supernaturally alive! He was talking about an invisible dimension that is as real as our first birth.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and 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.” John 3:5-6
Jesus was talking about our first (natural) birth and a second (spiritual) birth. The first birth happens when we were birthed into this world from our mother’s womb – we were born in the flesh. But at the second birth, when we receive Jesus, we literally receive the substance of God’s Spirit. God’s Spirit literally comes inside us, and when that happens we receive another nature. We are given God’s own character because His Spirit comes and inhabits us.
Father wants us to get in touch with the fact that His Spirit is inside each of His children. God wants us to tap into this power! He is the “life force” that has given us supernatural abilities. Beloved, we should not let the false concept that the world has spun about being “born again” keep us from fully realizing, that because we were “born again” at our second birth, we now have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead residing in us.
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
Beloved, I want to encourage you to embrace the Biblical meaning of being “born again,” for it is what separates us from the world and creates a way for God’s Spirit to dwell in us.
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