Jesus’ view about being born-again

  The compound word “born-again” was first used by Jesus himself while he was chatting with a religious old man named Nicodemus, a Pharisee who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.

This man came to Jesus at night, fully convinced that Jesus was truly from God. He was probably the first and only Pharisee who saw Jesus in this light because we know from scripture that they were the first set of “anti-Christs”. In response to his statement of conviction, Jesus said to him,

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3), but just as any man would have responded if they were Nicodemus, he asked Jesus ”

how can a man be born again when he is old?…surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be “born-again” (John 3:4 NIV).  

I can imagine the reaction on Nicodemus’s face; he must have put on a sad countenance, fully aware of how impossible it would have been for him to be “born-again” since he was already old. But Jesus wasn’t talking about a physical birth. He was talking about a spiritual birth; no one was going to be limited by age, whether old or young.       

 “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit” John 3:6 NIV  

First things first; being born again is a spiritual, not physical or emotion occurrence, we get it wrong when we think that we aren’t “born-again” anymore because we don’t ‘feel’ born-again, for the things of the spirit are accessible by faith, not feelings.

  In the book of Romans 10:9, we are told that if a man confesses Jesus as Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead, he would be saved. This is how I got saved. I hope yours wasn’t a cumbersome process. I got a tract recently where I read that in order to be saved, I have to confess “all my sins” rather than confess Jesus as Lord. Obviously, there was absolutely no way in the world I could possibly remember all of my sins and I hope you didn’t go through that stress either. The point is this: our salvation was as a result of confession and faith, not feelings. Hence, we cannot depend on our feelings for an assurance of the salvation we received by faith.  


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9 thoughts on “Jesus’ view about being born-again

  1. Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa December 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Thanks Brandye, I hope you were blessed…

  2. abenitemi December 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm Reply

    “our salvation was as a result of confession and faith, not feelings. Hence, we cannot depend on our feelings for an assurance of the salvation we received by faith”………………..I so love this, God bless you

    • Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa December 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

      Glad you do my dear. That very revelation was what put an end to my constant cycle of giving my life to Christ over&over again …If God had a “birth book”, I must have been born-again a thousand times if not more.Smh@ my ignorance. Indeed, we shall know the truth&it shall set us free. Thanks for dropping by&adding your lovely comment my dear Abenitemi…really appreciate.Bless your darling heart.xo

  3. Happy Zhou December 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm Reply

    yes, once one is born again they cannot be unborn again- the awareness of the experience and existnece of God is already there, even though they fall away, they are still born again and have seen the light of God. Lets not depend on feelings but, always rememebr the salvation that came by faith, and it is by the same faith that a fallen born-again person, will rise up again, and find his way back on the right way with God

    • Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa December 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

      “Once born again they cannot be unborn again” this is a divine & an eternal Truth my dear Hapy Zhou. Thanks for dropping by&for your beautiful comment. I bet you have been great…*wink*
      Bless your darling heart.peace&love.xo

      • Happy Zhou December 7, 2013 at 1:44 am

        Yes Ano, I’ve been great, thanks, guess you have been great as well. God bless you!!

      • Anuoluwapo Ademuyiwa December 7, 2013 at 5:08 am

        Yippi…glad to know, you are welcome. Yeah, I have. Amen!!!

  4. Alonge Timothy December 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    God bless you great man, keep on the good work

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