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Jesus Teaches Nicodemus "3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." - John 3:1-5
- I have to say a few years ago it was kind of the buzz word in church, everyone asked, “Have you been born again?”
- Some people think if they became “believers”, they were born again?
- There are others who think if you “confess Jesus as your Savior and Redeemer” then you are born again as in our previous passage.
- If you “accept and believe in Jesus”, some people think you were born again as in part 2.
- So if we really look at what it means to be born again, it has nothing to do with “inviting Jesus into your heart” (will look at it tomorrow), “confessing Jesus”, “giving your heart to the Lord” do not give or “Jesus as your personal Savior and Redeemer”.
- I looked on the internet what reborn means, but the first two articles are saying nothing and all it is opinions being tossed to and throw.
- The Bible speaks of two aspects through which you are born again, namely, water and spirit.
- Now water can not mean the amniotic fluid of your mother because it says “REBORN”, it means a new birth. Yes you were born from your mother’s amniotic fluid for the first time birth.
- Well, as in my previous study, we cannot just pull one verse from the Bible and build our whole faith on it! It’s as if you take one piece of the puzzle and you want to explain the whole picture. As you start putting the pieces together; one can see how the story comes together.
- If one looks at two passages in the Bible where people’s lives have changed, Acts 2:36-38 and Mark 16:15-16 can mean water baptism. (But this is a whole study on its own)
- It is true that your spirit is joyful when you are born again.
- But the Bible uses a capital letter “Spirit”, which can only mean one thing and that is the Holy Spirit.
- So if I understand it correctly you will receive the Holy Spirit being born again.
- So the easiest thing to see when I am born again is when I receive the Holy Spirit who dwells in me. (When the Spirit comes upon you it is another study for another day)
- The most obvious explanation in Scripture is again in Acts 2:38 where he says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
- So the Holy Spirit is received, when I repent (It means to study out your sins confess and make amends with people that you have sinned against) and to be baptized (The Greek word here is: “βαπτιζω” “baptizo” which means “immerse” in English. (So in ‘plain’ English, it means immersion [as with forks, knives and spoons if you leave them in the water for a while to soften before you wash them] and not “rantizo” which means sprinkling).
- What’s interesting about Acts 2:38 is that God says He forgives your sins, wow so that’s where my sins are forgiven? But I then thought “my sins are forgiven if I just confess it” without being baptized? The day after tomorrow, we will take a look at that verse for whom it was written and how people take it out of context.
- He also says in verse 6 the difference in the first and second baptism, “Flesh gives birth to flesh” the first birth with your mother, and the born again “Spirit gives birth to spirit”.
- So we said rebirth does not mean JUST ONE of the following:
- “Accept Jesus as you personal Saviour and believe in Him” – Part 2.
- “I just have to believe in Jesus” – Part 3.
- “I only need to believe in Jesus then I will be saved” – Part 4.
- “Confess Jesus as Savior and Redeemer” – Part 5.
- “My sins are forgiven when I confess them” – Part 7. (Tomorrow’s study)
- “I open the door to my heart for Jesus” – Part 8 (The day after tomorrow’s study)
- Water means baptism.
- Spirit means the Holy Spirit.
- If you want to repent, you must first study a few scriptures about sin (Gal 5:19-21, 2 Tim 3:1-5 and Revelation 21:8) (Here is an English explanation of sins).
- To truly repent. (2 Cor 7:8-11)
Tomorrow we will have a look at if I confess my sins will I be saved?
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