Christ Warned "Ye must be Born Again"
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (II Corinthians 13:5). No person is saved: a saint, christian, child of God until he is “born again” of the Spirit of God, for Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3,6). We have physical relationship to our natural parents by being partakers of their flesh by birth, and the same is true of spiritual relationship to God. We can only become God’s children by being born of His Spirit, and “partakers of the divine nature.” (II Peter 1:4).
Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God and died a spiritual death, for God warned, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” (Genesis 2:17), every person born into the world has been spiritually “Dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1), except the Virgin-born Christ who had an immaculate conception, being “Conceived… of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 1:20). The good news of the Gospel is that Christ said, “I am come that they might have life,” (John 10:10), for He, “His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” (I Peter 2:24). The new birth provided by Christ is a spiritual resurrection from the dead, for those who are “born again” have “Passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24).
Everyone is spiritually blind and walks in the darkness of sin and death until he is “born again,” as Christ says, “Thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:17). He says of the false prophets “They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14). Christ Came “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,” (Luke 1:79), for He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Only being “born again” is “Recovering of sight to the blind,” (Luke 4:18), who obey Christ’s command, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15).
You cannot hide your sin from God, for He sees all stains upon your soul. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13). Your naked soul can only be clothed by being “born again,” as Christ said, “I counsel thee to buy of Me… white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.” (Revelation 3:18). This white raiment is “The righteousness of Saints,” (Revelation 19:8), the possession of the “born again” saints, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27).
Every sinner is a slave of his own sin, for “When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15). Christ said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:34,36). You can only be delivered from the power of sin and death by being “born again” with “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” (Colossians 1:27), “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2).
God says everyone is a child of the devil until he is “born again,” for “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God.” (I John 3:10). All of those in Satan’s family “Walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2). You can only be delivered from Satan’s power by being “born again” into God’s family, for “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed (Christ) remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (I John 3:9).
We must be “born again” to be a child of God for “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” (Romans 8:9). Church denomination membership, water baptism, communion, etc., are not the new birth. The “born again” child of God is the true temple of God in whom dwells the Holy Spirit, for “Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them… and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (II Corinthians 6:16). A saint of God worships God through the Holy Ghost, for Christ said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24).
The new birth is the life of Christ, and only His life is eternal, for He said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.” (John 6:51). Eternal life is not the extension of the sinner’s natural life. It is the impartation of new life, “Christ in you,” (Colossians 1:27), as He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth (is born again) and believeth in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25,26). “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (I John 5:12).
Satan’s ministry is to tell his many religious followers that they are saved, when they know that their own hearts condemn them, and “The wrath of God abideth on him,” (John 3:36), “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23). God says, “From all your filthiness… will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” (Ezekiel 36:25,26). Only by being “born again” do we have a clean, new heart and spirit, “The answer of a good conscience toward God.” (I Peter 3:21).
Everyone who is not “born again” is a sinner who cannot earn or merit salvation by good works or reformation, for “They that are in the flesh cannot please God,” (Romans 8:8), “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6). “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23). We can change our actions, but not our nature. Only “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin,” (I John 1:7), for it is “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (new divine nature) (Titus 3:5).
We can only have the assurance of salvation by being “born again,” for “Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” (I John 4:13). “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16). The new birth produces holy living, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” (Ephesians 2:10). The evidence is an entirely new life, for “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God.” (II Corinthians 5:17-18).
We can only be “born again” by reading and hearing God’s Holy Word, not man’s word, for we are “Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth (in us) for ever.” (I Peter 1:23). Only God’s Holy Word produces conviction, repentance, and faith, for “Faith (only) cometh by hearing, and hearing (understanding) by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17). “Salvation is of the Lord,” (Jonah 2:9), for “Of His own will begat (conceived) He us with the Word of Truth.” (James 1:18).
No one can enter the kingdom of God without being “born again,” for Christ said, “Except a man be born of water (the Word) and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5). If you are not “born again,” you are on your way to hell, “Where their worm (soul) dieth not, and the fire is not quenched,” (Mark 9:44), for Christ warned, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3). Only humble “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation,” (II Corinthians 7:10), “For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5).
We must be “Washed… from our sins,” (Revelation 1:5), and “born again” before we die, for “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2). “Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts,” (Hebrews 3:7,8), for “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18). No sin can enter heaven, for “There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” (Revelation 21:27). - Doris Guinup