Over the last several weeks, the two words “Born Again” keeps coming up. What does it mean to be BORN AGAIN? The phrase “Born Again” literally means “born from above”. The classic passage from the Bible that answers this question is John 3: 1-21. Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a “Change of Heart” or a “Spiritual Transformation”.
Many of us, including myself, were saved as young children typically on a church retreat. We “accepted” God into our heart, asked him for forgiveness of our sins and then typically we were baptized showing a public claim of our new faith in Jesus Christ. Life was great! Were you “Born Again”? Maybe...maybe not?
At some point in our lives, whether it was high school, college or our adult life we fell away from Jesus. We were not as close to Jesus as that day we prayed the sinners prayer. I am certainly guilty of this! Oh, I was still a believer! I was just living MY life.
I like to say that God sometimes whispers in your ear...you don’t hear him...he then holds out his hand...you don’t see him...then he has to do something drastic in your life to gain your attention. For me, it was the last of these. As sinners, we are spiritually “dead”; when we receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth.
Why does a person need to be “Born Again”? The apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV). To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
We don’t “accept” Jesus into our life...We need to “surrender” our lives to Jesus. The word repent means to turn from sin. The key word is a verb causing action to “turn”. When you are “Born Again”, you turn your life around. Sometimes the change happens immediately and sometimes is happens over time, but others will recognize a difference in you!
Hmm...what do you mean people can see a difference in me? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Changes could be as simple as not telling dirty jokes to your buddies or it can be as dramatic as no longer using drugs. These are just two examples of a million, but when you are “Born Again” there will be no question in your mind that you are a changed person. You will “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk”.
Are you “Born Again”?