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Born Again

Jesus’ teaching on being born again is primarily found in the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verses 1-7. Here, Jesus has a significant conversation with Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council. This dialogue highlights the necessity of being “born again” or “born from above” to see the kingdom of God.

Bible Verses:

  1. John 3:3 – Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
  2. John 3:5-6 – Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
  3. John 3:7 – “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.'”

In these verses, Jesus introduces the concept of spiritual rebirth, emphasizing that entering God’s kingdom requires a transformation that goes beyond physical birth and is initiated by the Holy Spirit.

Three Takeaways:

  1. Spiritual Rebirth is Essential for Salvation: Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus underscores that being born again is not optional but a fundamental requirement to be part of God’s kingdom. This rebirth is a spiritual transformation that enables individuals to understand and enter into a relationship with God.
  2. The Role of the Holy Spirit: The concept of being born of “water and the Spirit” signifies the cleansing and renewing work of the Holy Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit that facilitates this new birth, offering a fresh start and a new life oriented towards God.
  3. A Call to Spiritual Transformation: Jesus’ teaching about being born again is a call to profound personal change. It’s an invitation to move beyond the physical and temporal to embrace the spiritual and eternal. This transformation involves a change of heart, mind, and allegiance, leading to a life that reflects the values of God’s kingdom.

This dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus serves as a foundational teaching about the nature of salvation and the kingdom of God. It calls believers to experience a spiritual rebirth, highlighting the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.


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