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What does it mean to be "born again"?


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Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Our first birth gave us physical life; the new birth gives us spiritual life and membership in God’s family (John 1:13). To be born again is to have the Holy Spirit transform our hearts from indifference and hostility toward God to a love of God and a desire for righteousness and holiness. The only way one can come to God and experience what it means to be “born again” is through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ; read John 14:6. The Bible clearly teaches in Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5, and Romans 10:13 that salvation is a gift; it cannot be earned in any way.

To receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord means more than accepting Him as a fact of history, a teacher, or an example. It means more than giving mental assent to the fact that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. It means that one turns from sin and with his or her whole heart trusts in Christ as personal Savior and Lord. God makes that one a new person; see 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Bible says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

Are you ready to put your faith in Christ and be born again?

 

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7 Comments

  1. FREDRICK PHIRI says:

    Thank you Billy Graham for the word of God.

  2. child of God says:

    Thank you, Billy Graham, for your amazing work for God!

  3. Chude Josephine says:

    It is the Holy Spirit transforming you to give you the life of God.

  4. Jason Kinyua says:

    I love God so much and I can do anything for Him
    For the last 15yrs being born again I don’t take it in vain

  5. Ben says:

    Thanks for this.

  6. Sherry hill says:

    I give my whole life to God even now. I want to serve Him from now on.

  7. Julia Mhlaba says:

    Being born again is a relevant topic in this generation. Appreciated.