The new birth

John 3:1-7:
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'

A lot of people have trouble comprehending this. First, let's remember that as humans, we can't comprehend everything that is of God. We can't comprehend how God made heaven and earth out of nothing, He just spoke it into existence. If you have Jesus on the inside of you, then it's not that hard to understand.

A lot of people don't agree that this is the only way to heaven. Jesus told Nicodemus not to be surprised at what He was saying, "You must be born again." When you ask Jesus to come into your heart and be Lord of your life and you accept Him, you are scheduling a heart transplant for yourself. God takes out a stony, hardened heart and replaces it with a heart of flesh. That's why there is such a transformation in people's lives once they have accepted Jesus. This is a miraculous event that is taking place, in fact, the best miracle known to man. A miracle that allows us to come to God and by simply accepting His son as our Lord and Savior, we are redeemed, forgiven of our sin, and given eternal life through Jesus. You must be born again. It's a new birth of your mind and heart through the Spirit of God. It is a putting off and dying of old self. The things you used to do, you aren't going to do them anymore. You are a new creation. You are like a new baby being born, you are born again. The old you has died with Christ and the new you has risen with Him in his resurrection to become a new creation. You are leaving behind your old ways, separating yourself from the world and its ways.

How do we know that this is the only way? How many times in the Bible does Jesus repeat Himself to someone? He spoke in parables and He did not say things over and over. He explained His stories and teachings, in plain words, to His disciples when He knew that they did not understand. This was no parable, this was no hard teaching, it wasn't a story about a farmer, or a vineyard, or about an owner losing His things to a servant. This was plain and apparent. "You must be born again." When God established His covenant with Abraham, He told him to circumcise every male in his house. Jesus is the new covenant. Now our circumcision is of the heart through the Spirit of God. Thank God that He takes away our anger, malice, rage, and all the destructive characteristics that are of the world. He replaces it with love, understanding, compassion, patience. Do not be amazed or wonder about this teaching in the Bible. Do not let the perplexity that our worldly minds try to put into everything we analyze make this hard, simply accept this teaching by faith. Know in your heart that this is the only way to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one will enter my Father's kingdom unless they come through me." Accept Jesus into your life today, put off the old you. Shed the weight that you carry around day after day trying to please the world, experience the new birth and find peace and comfort in the arms of God.


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