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1. We Must be Born Again (John's Gospel, Chapter 3)

If you want to talk to God expecting the special help and favor that our Father in heaven gives His children you must be born again. You may be religious and even belong to a church. You may live a good decent moral life. But you still must be born again.

 

Long ago Jesus told a religious leader named Nicodemus, "Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (The Gospel of John chapter 3, verse 3). Your first birth gave you life in this world. The second birth gives you everlasting life. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (chapter 3, verse 16).

 

You have already been born of the flesh, but now you must be born of the Spirit. Jesus explained "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (chapter 3, verse 6). Our first birth did not equip us to commune with God who is spirit. So the new birth is necessary that we might share the special privileges and favor which the Almighty Father has given to those who have been born into His family in the Spirit realm.

 

What must you do to be born of the spirit? You must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John chapter 3, verse 16). In other words, you must stop depending on anything you have done to earn the right to be in God's new family and go to heaven when you die. Instead, you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That means you depend only on what Christ did for you when He died for your sins and rose from the dead.

 

Another way to explain it is that you open your life to Jesus and receive Him. Many people did not receive Him when He came into the world, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John chapter 1, verse 12-13).

 

You can be born again now. You could pray a prayer like this, "Heavenly Father, I know I have sinned against you. I see that I need to be born of the Spirit so I can enter the kingdom of God and receive everlasting life. I do now receive the Lord Jesus according to His Word, the Bible.

 

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