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The New Birth
It is of the utmost importance that we have a clear understanding of what Jesus meant when, speaking with Nicodemus, He said, "You must be born again". The new birth is a spiritual birth. It is as much a birth as the natural birth; it is not just a figure of speech. The first birth is of the seed of man. The second birth is of the seed of God (1 Pet. 1:23). Therefore, you cannot become a child of God by joining the church, any more than a monkey could become a man by joining the human race. He may act like a man, dress like a man, and try to live like a man... but he would still be a monkey. Now, if by some miracle, the monkey could be born again of the seed of man, then... and only then, could he become a man. The only way to become a child of God is to be "born again" (John 3:3); "not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God". What is the new birth?
Jesus and The Two Births
Read: John 3:1-8
In John 3:1-8, we see Jesus and Nicodemus face to face -- Jesus the Son of God, and Nicodemus the son of natural man. Nicodemus was a very religious man, but he was not a child of God. What a shock it must have been to learn that his religion was not enough! It never is. He came to Jesus, addressing Him saying, "You have come from God as a teacher". Jesus knew Nicodemus , as He knows all men (John 2:24, 25), and Jesus knew that he needed more than a teacher -- he needed a Savior. He needed more than religion -- he needed regeneration. He needed more than Law -- he needed life. Jesus began by going right to the point when He said, "You must be born again." Nicodemus asked, "How can a man be born when he is old?" Then Jesus pointed out the dissimilarity in the two births: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" (the flesh will never change). "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (the Spirit will never change (John 3:6).
First, let us take a brief look at the flesh birth:
Second, let us say a word about the new birth:
Every born again person has two natures: The old from the old birth. By the old birth, we are children of the flesh. The new from the new birth. By the new birth, we are children of God. This is why, "You must be born again."
The New Birth Issues a New Sinless Nature
Read: 1 John 3:9
This is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Do not try to understand it in the light of personal experience. Keep in mind that the above verse is speaking of the new nature -- not the old nature -- because the old nature is not born from God. The old nature is born of fallen man and is depraved. The new nature is born of God and is holy.
First, let us see what the verse says about the new nature:
Second, let us see what the Bible says about the old nature:
If you have been "born again", you have two natures -- the old and the new -- and you are walking according to one of the two. Examine your Christian walk in the light of Gods Word (Rom. 8:5, 6).
The New Birth is Imperishable
Read: 1 Pet. 1:23
In the verse (1 Pet. 1:23) we have two seeds, two births, and two natures.
The seed of man is corruptible; the birth of man is natural. Therefore, the nature of man is sinful. The seed of God is incorruptible; the new birth is spiritual. Therefore, the new nature is sinless.
The New Birth -- Its Means
Read: John 3:14-18
"Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness" (Num. 21:5-9 OT). He lifted up the serpent for a sinful, disobedient people. When anyone was bitten by a serpent, he had a choice: He could humble himself and by a simple act of faith look and live Is. 45:22 OT); or he could refuse to look on the serpent of bronze and die.
"Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up." Just as the serpent in the wilderness was the only means for the healing of Israel, so the death of Jesus Christ is the only means for the new birth. And the only way to appropriate the regenerating power of God is by faith in the vicarious death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
The sinner must come to Christ by faith, believing:
The means of the new birth is found in that:
The New Birth -- Its Threefold Proof
Read: 1 John 5:1,2
Every "born again" child of God has the threefold proof of the new birth -- proof that he is a child of God. This threefold proof is: first, inward proof; second, outgoing proof; and third, outward proof.
This is outward proof of the new birth.
If you do not have the threefold proof of the new birth, now is the time to get on you knees and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior -- by faith in His Vicarious death, burial, and resurrection!
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