Skip to comments.What Does "Born Again" Mean?
Posted on 09/19/2013 5:41:50 PM PDT by James R. Aist
Many in the Christian church today have, at best, a rudimentary understanding of what Jesus was talking about when he said "You must be born again." False teachers are often quick to invent their own concept of "born again" apart from sound biblical information, so be careful to compare what they teach to the Word of God. A good grasp of the biblical teaching on this subject is important to the understanding of how God saves people and transforms their lives the very essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Excellent question. It simply means that you accept that Jesus is the Son of God and HE died on the cross and rose from the dead for all your sins,past present and future, BORN AGAIN!! John 3:16. Simple.
Paul says we were dead in our trespasses and sins. To be born again is to be made alive (spiritually) through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross that restored our fellowship with the Almighty.
It has been grossly taken out of context by Protestants
Simple; born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.
Agreed and that would happen at some time by personal choice, not as a child IMO.
The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:
The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.
He paid the penalty for our sins.
He took the punishment that we deserve.
Gods provision of eternal salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8,9).
God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.
All you do is accept that free gift.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
The Bible explains how to be saved (how to receive the free gift of eternal salvation):
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness
Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law
Then they asked him, What must we do to do the works God requires?
Jesus answered, The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.
(Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.
BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved
Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
(Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?
Yes, indeed, it does mean that.
Why baptize then?
Oh, pleased clarify to relieve any suspense from this deep and thoughtful statement.
What a farce
you all that stuff, walk up to complete strangers and ask: “Have you been born again?” and so on and so forth, never made sense to me even when I was a Methodist
**John 3:16. Simple.**
“..whosoever believeth in him...”.
Jesus Christ taught in John 3:3,5-8 his instructions on how to be born again. 3:16 is simply a condensed closing statement on his previous commands.
vs. 8. “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou HEAREST the SOUND thereof, but canst NOT tell whence it cometh, whither it goeth: so is EVERY ONE that is born of the Spirit”.
Those that hear his words, and keep (obey) them have eternal life.
Ok. I guess. I think that is what speaking and spreading the word is all about. Paul didn’t know who he would be speaking to on his journey’s. He just did it as he was driven to do.
You have lived through your earthly instincts and pleasures to realize that to live for Christ is where true happiness, peace, and direction lie.
“Why baptize then?”
Baptism is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).
In the ritual of water baptism, the believer is immersed in water, and that is symbolic of death, and when the believer is brought out of the water, that is symbolic of resurrection to new life in Christ.
The ritual of water baptism is a picture of the fact that at the moment of salvation through faith in Christ as Savior, the believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. This is called positional truth. (Romans 6)
The ritual of water baptism is not necessary for eternal salvation. The thief on the cross was saved without water baptism. (Luke 23:43)
The Bible maintains that “the wages of sin is death.” It then goes on to say, “all have sinned.” The prophet Jeremiah said of man, “the heart of man is “desperately sick,” or “deceitfully wicked.” God cannot allow the desperately sick or the deceitfully wicked entrance into heaven; or heaven would be defiled. Therefore, the only way a man can become righteous and be made holy is to be born-again. To be born-again is to have Christ, the Great Physician do a supernatural work on our desperately sick heart. Once Christ performs spiritual surgery on us, we then begin to grow into the image and likeness of Christ. We also receive a new nature, Peter defines as a “divine nature,” which grows, develops, and matures into what God intends us to do. To be born-again is a divine work, a supernatural work, that takes place in the central core of man’s being — his heart. At that moment we receive the “righteousness of Christ,” and become “new creatures in Christ.” The door of heaven opens to me due to the “righteousness of Christ,” not by my own works of righteousness, which God defines as “filthy rags.” Jesus said, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. In order to communicate and know God, one must be born of the Spirit of God. Those who have not been born-again, are spiritually dead “in trespasses and sin.” Dead men cannot hear, cannot speak, cannot contact God. The good news is, just as Jesus raised the physical dead, He likewise raises the spritual dead. Have you been born again?
Ummm.. please explain.
I did, I said the people walk up, slap you on the back and say “Have you been born again?” to total strangers and I think it sounds stupid
It was hard enough being born once. No, thanks.
I like it!
FAITH and BELIEF in Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is essential, but not sufficient.
“...if I have all FAITH so as to move mountains, but do not have LOVE, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
Nice. Good word!
Point: Some people's approach is not the best, and slapping someone on the back and asking that question especially if total strangers is a bit off, but that question still should have an answer on your part.
Point: Considering Who is speaking in John 3:3 (Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.) it seems that the only kind of Christian there can possibly be is a born-again Christian, so it's not a stupid phrase no matter what you think.
Point: To claim anything else puts you at odds with the Author whether you personally are comfortable with the phraseology or not...
Point: Since the phrase is Biblical and spoken by no less an authority than Jesus, maybe you need to have a serious discussion with your Pastor/Priest/Preacherperson about how it applies to you personally so that you will have an answer if someone should walk up, slap you on the back and ask you Have you been born again?...
Jesus did not say born again, He said born from above. At conception the soul/spirit intellect is placed in the flesh. Those fallen angels of Genesis 6 and Jude, nor the first rebel, will not see or enter the kingdom of God.
“It was hard enough being born once. No, thanks.”
Well, have fun burning in hell.
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.
“Your heretical interpretation.”
You mean the interpretation acknowledged by every Christian denomination, including the Papists (except the ignorant ones on FR). Unless you are born from above, spiritually regenerated, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Of course, we differ on how that happens. You think it was done in baptism. We think it was done by the Holy Spirit independent of baptism.
I've never heard a Catholic say that (Needless to say you'll tell me they all say it, so don't bother), but I've noticed it is an MO of you followers of Harold Camping.
Here we go!
“I’ve never heard a Catholic say that”
Of course not, they don’t believe that salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ, but believe that non-believers “of good will” can be saved, without being born again.
Baptism by the Holy Spirit...meaning the Spirit indwells the new believer and begins directing him/her in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord (sanctification).
Baptism by water is an outward sign to other believers that you have been baptized by the Spirit and He now dwells in you.
I Indeed But He
I indeed baptize you with water . . . but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire. Matthew 3:11
Have I ever come to a place in my experience where I can say “I indeed but He”? Until that moment does come, I will never know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost means. I indeed am at an end, I cannot do a thing: but He begins just there He does the things no one else can ever do. Am I prepared for His coming? Jesus cannot come as long as there is anything in the way either of goodness or badness. When He comes am I prepared for Him to drag into the light every wrong thing I have done? It is just there that He comes. Wherever I know I am unclean, He will put His feet; wherever I think I am clean, He will withdraw them.
Repentance does not bring a sense of sin, but a sense of unutterable unworthiness. When I repent, I realize that I am utterly helpless; I know all through me that I am not worthy even to bear His shoes. Have I repented like that? Or is there a lingering suggestion of standing up for myself? The reason God cannot come into my life is because I am not through into repentance.
“He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.” John does not speak of the baptism of the Holy Ghost as an experience, but as a work performed by Jesus Christ. “He shall baptize you.” The only conscious experience those who are baptized with the Holy Ghost ever have is a sense of absolute unworthiness.
I indeed was this and that; but He came, and a marvellous thing happened. Get to the margin where He does everything.
This is the will of God, your sanctification. . . 1 Thessalonians 4:3
The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death, but many of us spend so much time there that we become morbid. There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts immediately. Jesus said, If anyone comes to Me and does not hate . . . his own life . . . he cannot be My disciple (Luke 14:26).
In the process of sanctification, the Spirit of God will strip me down until there is nothing left but myself, and that is the place of death. Am I willing to be myself and nothing more? Am I willing to have no friends, no father, no brother, and no self-interest simply to be ready for death? That is the condition required for sanctification. No wonder Jesus said, I did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34). This is where the battle comes, and where so many of us falter. We refuse to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ on this point. We say, But this is so strict. Surely He does not require that of me. Our Lord is strict, and He does require that of us.
Am I willing to reduce myself down to simply me? Am I determined enough to strip myself of all that my friends think of me, and all that I think of myself? Am I willing and determined to hand over my simple naked self to God? Once I am, He will immediately sanctify me completely, and my life will be free from being determined and persistent toward anything except God (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
When I pray, Lord, show me what sanctification means for me, He will show me. It means being made one with Jesus. Sanctification is not something Jesus puts in me it is Himself in me (see 1 Corinthians 1:30).
I would say do a little digging and a little research into it and ask God to open your eyes as to its meaning.
I did not know what it meant either until I was born again. When you are, there is no doubt. You know you are different, you know something has happened. And so it has...the Spirit of God has taken up residency in your heart.
I have also posted above a little more about it. But don’t take my word...prayerfully ask the Lord and He will tell you.
God bless you,
I believe we had this discussion on another thread, Thoughts, and Jesus did say “born again” in Aramaic.
And since born again and born from above both mean being filled with the Holy Spirit, either term works.
Born again...spiritual rebirth, not physical
Born from above...spiritual rebirth, not physical
And some of the peeps around here say I am harsh!! lol
Egads, wouldn’t follow Camping anywhere!
We actually follow Christ, but sometimes the Catholics make it difficult to remember that. :)
Once your eyes are opened to the truth that Jesus is God, and confess your sins before man and be baptized, you will go under the water a sinner. You will come up re-born into a new understanding. That’s my take. It will be a new starting place on your journey.
I think Bart made up that claim about a language barrier. The big problem is the instruction Jesus gave Nicodemus was not new and had nothing to do with some spirit filled thrill. Jesus was telling any who can and will read that only those that take this flesh journey can see and possibly enter into the kingdom of God. Nothing there about a 'spirit' filled emotion.
The surest sign is that you become totally obnoxious. You’re a baby in Christ, and you think you can just tell everyone about him. They look at you like you are wack. That’s the proof.
It means both born again and born from above.
Here’s a link to a page showing the Greek.
Here’s a link to Strong’s for the Greek word *anothen*.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16 For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Why do those that claim Christ said something He did not, stop reading the instruction given to read with comprehension the instruction?
Only those ‘children’ who take this flesh journey will have opportunity to ‘see’ the kingdom of God. Those fallen angels nor the devil will take this flesh journey and none of them will exist long enough to see the kingdom of God.
The word ‘again’ in the sense of a ‘rebirth’ spirit or otherwise as was Nicodemus understanding is not what Christ was teaching.
I find it most curious given the first utterance made by Nicodemus to Christ in secret had nothing to do with the subject instruction given by Christ. There is a lesson here but it is not the doctrine of Nicodemus.
If someone doesn't exist in flesh, they don't exist. Your comment makes no sense.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh. We don't take a flesh journey because the flesh profits nothing. It's about becoming alive again spiritually.
When Adam sinned, he died spiritually. Now we need to be born again to see the kingdom. It's not going to happen in the flesh. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.