Christian Foundations - New Birth
Bible Facts Newspaper Article (Ian C. Kurylyk)
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Jesus taught a man named Nicodemus that the miraculous was a necessity. Nicodemus was not to be turned aside by the difficulty he had in understanding the new birth but to focus on its absolute requirement. Several facts are brought to light in the text which highlight the word “must”
Number one, it is the only preparation for God’s eternal kingdom. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3b). Humanity is in a sinful and fallen estate and our beginning by the first birth provides us nothing which is acceptable in God’s kingdom. All that would go to that place MUST be born again.
Number two, being religious cannot take the place of being born again. Nicodemus was a member of the most religious body of the most religious nation on earth. He was “a master of Israel” (cp. John 3:10), yet he needed to be born again. He was evidently also honest and sincere, unlike his fellow religious leaders, but Jesus said “ye must be born again”.
Number three, nominal Christianity will not do either. John 3 was written to demonstrate the need for one to become a new person in Jesus Christ, not to be content with accepting certain facts about Him. In John 2:23, we read, “many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.” Verses 24 and 25 indicate this was, however, not a life changing experience of Jesus Christ. The new birth does come by believing, but it is the faith which trusts Jesus Christ personally for salvation from sin.
This faith believes not only that He is a miracle worker but that He is God’s Son and that His death on the cross was payment for my sin. This is the faith that accepts Him personally as Lord and Saviour because He alone provided redemption from sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Jesus taught us that this everlasting life that comes to us by the new birth is an absolute must.
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