John 3:3, ‘Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.
This is one of the serious commands of Jesus to every person in this world. But people have taken this very lightly. The greatest deception in this generation is that it has taken the phrase, ‘most assuredly’ as ‘least assuredly.’ Jesus spoke with great authority that ‘Divorce is forbidden’ but we take it lightly. The things which we are taking lightly now, will have more weight, when we appear before the judgment seat. This is the naked truth and most of us are deceived knowingly. Born again experience is not a denominational teaching. It’s the Lord’s commandment. If you look at this through the lens of a denomination, you will never experience it. But if you see it through the lens of God, you will understand and observe this command…Jesus clearly said “unless you are born again you shall not see the kingdom of God”. Beloved friends, there is no substitute for this. If you are not born again, it is sure that you will not see the kingdom of God. Now you may ask me, “Have you seen the kingdom of God after being born again?” My answer is ‘yes!’ I have seen it and am seeing it every moment. Here the word ‘seeing’ means “perception”. My perception about the kingdom of God changed after I was born again. Even though I have not entered into the mansion that God has prepared for me, but the born again experience has given me a vision and a great hope inside me that I will see the kingdom of God one day. The necessity of the new birth grows out of the incapability of the natural man to “see” or to “enter” the kingdom of God. How much ever gifted or religious or refined he may be, a natural man is absolutely blind to the spiritual truth, and impotent to enter the kingdom of God. In John 3:6, Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which born of the Spirit is spirit”. We are born of flesh and so we are flesh, and no flesh can please God and see His kingdom. But that which is born of the Holy Spirit is spirit, and this helps us to have the right perception and hope about the kingdom of God.
The Word of God is like the railway track. If we are on this track, we will reach the heavenly destination, but if someone is out of track, he will never reach the heavenly destination. If we can’t explain the word, it doesn’t mean that we can twist the word of God…If the word says to do a certain thing, we have to do it! Amen!
One night, a man named Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee, the ruler of the Jews and a teacher of Israel, came to meet Jesus. He came with a question in his mind. I believe that he had been thinking about this question since long. He might have looked for an answer from all that he had learnt, but couldn’t find any answer. So at last, he came to Jesus. There is a message here! If you are finding it difficult to answer your own and other’s questions, come to Jesus, because He is the answer to all questions! Halleluiah! Amen! This man started the conversation by praising Jesus and His works. But my Lord didn’t talk too much. So, he came straight to the point and answered Nicodemus’s question. He said, “Most assuredly I say unto you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus was a good man. He knew the law and was a teacher of the same. If you notice the answer of Jesus ….he said “Unless one is born again…” which means that this born again experience is not only for Nicodemus, but for everyone. Some believe that this is a teaching of a group or sect of people. But, that’s not right. To be ‘born again’ is a universal commandment. In John 3:7, Jesus said personally to Nicodemus “Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again”. This proves that the phrase which he used earlier was not only for Nicodemus, but it is for everyone on the face of the earth. So we conclude here that born again experience is for every mankind. Amen!
• Do we need to be born again?
Well, the answer is ‘yes, we need to be born again.’ Why is it necessary? Because, this is a commandment of Jesus Christ. The necessity of the new birth grows out of the incapability of the natural man to “see” or “enter” the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50). How much ever gifted, moral, or refined he may be, a natural man is absolutely blind to the spiritual truth and impotent to enter the kingdom of God; for he can never obey, understand, nor please God (Psa 51:5 , Jeremiah 17:9. Mk 7:21-23, 1 Cor 2:14, Rom 8:7-8) Flesh is what we are by nature. It refers to ordinary humanity. By our first birth, we are only flesh. The natural human condition, as we experience it, is spiritually lifeless. At birth, we are not spiritually alive nor do we have a heart that loves God. We are born spiritually dead. That’s what Jesus implied when a disciple wanted to go home for funeral, when asked to follow Jesus. He said, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead” (Luke 9:60). In other words, the spiritually dead will bury the physically dead ones, who need the funeral. He implied this again in the parable of prodigal son. The father said, “This, my son, was dead, and is alive again.” (Luke 15:24). So, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). The dead can’t see God’s kingdom as supremely desirable. It looks foolish or mythical or boring. So they cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5) they cannot, because it is foolishness to them.
• What is the meaning of Born Again?
Ezekiel 36:25-27, ‘I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.’ This verse is from Old Testament. And Nicodemus, being a teacher of Israel, knows this very well. That’s why Jesus asked him, “Do you not know this?” Let us go more deep into this verse. The bottom line of this verse is that a dead cannot regenerate dead. It is possible only through the living word of God and by the Spirit of God. The new birth is not a reformation of the old nature (Rom 6:6), but a creative act of the Holy Spirit. The condition of the new birth is faith in Christ crucified (John 3:14-15, Gal 3:24) Born again is not achieved by our ability. It is purely the work of God through His word and His Spirit. When the clean water is sprinkled i.e. when the word of God is heard, the word will make the person clean and Christ is born in him. 1 Peter 1: 23 for you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. And the one who has received the word will refrain and repent from all his sinful deeds. Then the Lord will give him a new heart. He will remove the heart of stone (Heart of disobedience, sin, worldly etc) and will give a heart of flesh (obedience, sensitive to sin, repentant). After this, the Lord will put His Spirit in him…and then only, he can follow his decrees and be careful to keep His laws. So we conclude here that a natural man cannot follow the decrees and keep the law of God. But a person who is born of Spirit and word will follow the decrees and keep the word in him, because the Spirit of God works in him. Amen!
To understand what ‘Born Again’ is, we must know what is ‘not born again.’
Born Again is not Baptism: 1 Corinthian 1:14
If born again was baptism, then apostle Paul would have taken more time to baptize than preaching Gospel. It’s not through baptism, that Christ is born in one’s heart. It is the Gospel of God together with the work of Holy Spirit that brings one into salvation. It is purely from above. Baptism is not the act of getting salvation. Baptism is not born again but the one who is born again is given baptism. No one is buried to die, but the dead one is buried. Christian life does not start by taking baptism, but starts when Christ is born in us.
Born Again is not doing good works: Acts 10
Cornelius had various good qualities, but he was not born again. So the Lord sent Peter to his house to share the Gospel, so that Cornelius and his household would turn towards God. No matter how good you are, if you want to enter the kingdom of God, you must be born again. All the good works of man are like filthy rags before our holy God. Born again is not being born gradually. It is neither an imagination nor hypocrisy. It’s not the action of spirituality, but the one who is born from above is called born again (John 1:12-13)
A fish can only live in water. It will die when brought out of water. Likewise, we cannot survive in water because we are born on ground. With flesh, you can live in this world. But to live in the kingdom of God, we need to be born again. To live a Christian life, we need to be born again. First birth was because of will of man. But second birth is because of will of God. Through the first birth, we become sons of men, but through the second birth, we become sons of God. By first birth, we enter men’s family but by second birth, we enter God’s family. By first birth, we came into this world, but by second birth, we are getting ready to go out of this world to heavenly place. So we conclude here that the spirit which is in us came from above and will go above only…There are only two places, where the eternal spirit of a man can go i.e. eternal Heaven or eternal Hell!! There is no third place….Let us strive to live according to the word of God. Unless we are born again, we cannot see the kingdom of God …can anyone deny this word of God?
God Bless you!
Abiding in Him