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“ Born Again”. We hear this phrase used often describing someone who has made an amazing recovery or started something new in their life. Born again “bikers”, for example, are meant to be older men and maybe women who once rode motor bikes in their youth who take up riding again in their 50’s or 60’s. The phrase originally comes from the bible so lets have a look and see what it really means.

In the gospel of John a highly educated and knowledgeable man, Nicodemus, comes to Jesus with some questions. How do you do the miracles you do? There is something very different about you, what is it?

 

Jesus does not answer the question in the way Nicodemus was expecting but told him that “he must be born again if he was to see the things of kingdom of God”. Jesus obviously knew how the miracles had happened and wanted to show Nicodemus something even more wonderful.

Poor Nicodemus did not understand,  “have I got to go back inside my mothers womb?” He only saw things from a natural point of view. Jesus then tells him He needs to be born of the Spirit of God if he is to enter the kingdom of God. (One can of course only see the kingdom when one has entered into it). A spiritual rebirth was  needed. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit” Jesus tells him.

Jesus, after his resurrection, also talked to the apostle Peter about being born again. Jesus used the words ‘when you are converted’, vehicles, for example, can be converted to run on alternative fuels. The source of their power is different.

The problem for Nicodemus was that what he was by his natural birth was not just good enough. Jesus life and work was because he was born of the Spirit of God. Nicodemus you have got to be like me spiritually, then you will understand how to live and how to serve God.

 

All of us need to realise that what we are naturally is just not good enough. Paul the apostle another highly educated religious man came to the conclusion that there was nothing good in him. He needed help to change. Then he rejoiced that God had provided a way for Him to change.

He uses a complicated, but carefully written phrase to describe what God had done for him. “The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death”. When Paul received the Lord Jesus a new spiritual law, principle if you like, had entered into his life and it had made him free of the old spiritual law that had operated in his life before

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 “Born Again”

Jesus talks to Nicodemus of the need for “New Birth”

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