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Born Again

Born Again!  This expression appears three times in God’s Word:

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  (John 3:1-7)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  (1 Peter 1:23)

It cannot be literal but what does it mean to be born again?  Jesus tells us here that a form of rebirth is required for a person to be able to even see God’s Kingdom.  So, God’s Kingdom is invisible to everyone that has not been born again. 

The natural birth process brings a new person into the world.  It is described as being born of water.  The second birth is to be born of the Spirit.  It is a spiritual, not a physical, birth.  It is the Holy Spirit entering into and residing within the person for the rest of his life. 

Dear reader, have you been born again?  Does the Third Person of the Godhead reside within you?  Are you a member of Gpd’s kingdom?  Is serving God the most important thing in your life?  Water Baptism is insufficient.  If there is any question about this in your mind you need to surrender to God. 

Those of you that have truly been born again are now members of God’s force for world reconstruction.  God has placed the future of the world in your hands.  All unbelievers must be shown that they need to surrender to God, that He is the only future worth having and holding.  Your responsibility is nothing less than the conversion of the entire world to this faith. 

This may seem like it but is not at all an impossible task.  It is accomplished one person at a time.  When the new believers become teachers and recruiters of others, the number of teachers increases with each conversion.  The result is an increasingly more and more rapid growth.  It can result in a Christian world in an amazingly short time.

Take heart dear fellow believer, all is not lost.  A Godly world is not necessarily something for the distant future.  It could be very near.  God’s people are out there and ready to act.  Just a few can be the spark that ignites a world-wide forest fire.  It could become a fire that consumes the evil and leaves a God-fearing world in its wake.   

As the world seems to grow more and more evil, the number that are God’s people grows.  They remain silent and wait patiently for that little spark.  When it comes the world will change very rapidly.  The evil that seems to dominate everything will be swept away and a new Godfearing and God obeying world will be ushered in.  Fear not, God is ever and always in total control of all things. 

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