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Q:

A friend of mine talks a lot about being a born-again Christian. I'm not sure exactly what she means. What is your definition of a born-again Christian?


A:

A born-again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation, and as a result has become part of God’s family forever. All this takes place as God’s Spirit works in our lives.

You see, by nature we aren’t members of God’s family, and we don’t have any right to inherit eternal life. The reason is because of our sin. We have rebelled against God, and because of that, the Bible says, we are “separated from the life of God … due to the hardening of (our) hearts” (Ephesians 4:18). No, you may not see yourself as a bad person (and you probably aren’t)—but in God’s eyes even one sin is enough to keep you out of heaven.

But Jesus Christ came to save us and to make us part of His family forever! He did this by dying for our sins on the cross and by conquering death through His resurrection. You see, as a human being you were born into a family—and nothing can ever change that. But when we come to Christ we are spiritually reborn into another family—the family of God. The Bible says to Christ’s followers, “You have been born again … through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23).

My prayer is that you too may be born again and become part of God’s family. By a simple prayer of faith, tell God that you know you are a sinner, and you are sorry for your sins. Then ask Christ to come into your life and save you. When you do, God will come to live within you by His Spirit, and you will be born again.

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  1. Loretta Park says:

    I’ve come to believe that being ‘born again’ goes a little (a lot?) deeper. I think we must die to ‘self’ in order to be born again. Jesus says at John 3:3 that we must be born again to see the Kingdom of God. He says in Luke 17:21 that the Kingdom of God is within us. Then Paul says at Romans 8:9 that we are not controlled by our sinful nature, but by the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God lives in us; and if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
    Is there any room for the Kingdom of God (or the Spirit of God/Jesus) in us until we died to ‘self’? I think these are all tied together…

  2. Cindy Moore says:

    What is the difference between being reborn and being a Catholic . I need help trying to find the right church to go to with the being born again beliefs

  3. Deborah Bloor says:

    Glory to God. I grew up Jewish. A wonderful friend led me to Calvary Chapel. I cried throughout the beautiful singing and always true teaching of our wonderful Pastor. I love our Lord, believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah. He died for our sins, and was resurrected 3 days later. His wish for love and humanity is indeed The Way. I will follow His words and teachings throughout my life.

  4. Jenny Gilchrist says:

    Wanted some words of wisdom.

  5. Dorkur says:

    Additionally, just as I didn’t born myself: my father gave birth to me. So also God borns us. Born again is the work of God’s Spirit. Upon a sincere confession and repentance from all sins, God through His Spirit borns the individual spiritually. The evidences are: deliverance from outward /inward sins, deep love of/for God & His word, peace in the heart, feeling of newness, victory over sin & Satan, etc.

  6. Gloria Ganaden says:

    Thank you for sharing with me the word of GOD…

    1. Gloria Ganaden says:

      OUR FAITH IN God,repentance….ACCEPT GOD AS OUR SAVIOR AND LORD..

  7. Marietta says:

    Born again means our relationship with God..