In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3)Â You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:7)
The Bible tells us how to be born again and what that means. All of mankind is sinful, thus separated from the holiness of God. The Bible says that men and women can only find salvation in Christ Jesus.
How to be born into the new life
We all need a new life. We need to be cleansed from sin and it’s penalty (which is death) and restored to fellowship with God who made us all. That is what Jesus Christ meant when He said we “must be born again” (John 3:7). “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Without the experience of the “new birth” we have no hope of enjoying the glories of heaven nor escaping the terrors of hell.
Have you been born again?Â The “new birth” is not a religion, not living up to a creed, not a set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination. It’s a transformation. Our old nature is changed and we receive a new one. Old things pass away and all things become new in Christ. We receive a new heart, new desires, new ideas, and a new direction because of this new nature.
A birth is the coming into being of a new life which has the nature of its parents. When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker of the nature of natural man. When you are born again, you become a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4). God can become your heavenly Father.
Turn away from sin to be born again
We must accept God’s Word that says we all are sinners and know that it is sin that separates us from God and repent or “turn away” from that sin. Until we each acknowledge, and ask forgiveness for our own guilt, we will never be free from it. It will eventually lead us right into hell.Â “The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9)
God wants to give us His power over sin. We cannot conquer sin without that power. God wants to give us life for death, beauty for ashes, health for sickness, joy for grief, peace for strife, love for hate. God’s Word says, “…I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Do you want abundant life? This abundant life comes only as we are born again and as we follow on and receive all that God promises us.
Heaven (Kingdom of God) is waiting for all of us who are born again into this new life that God wants us to have. For this we should avoid sin, ask GOD for forgiveness of our sinsÂ and be willing for the great change that God wants us to have. He has sent us anÂ excellent helper so that we can easily do all these with the true anointing of the Holy Spirit.