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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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124 Comments

  1. Susan St Pierre says:

    I have received Christ in my heart today. It’s been on the horizon and today I asked to be born again.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Susan,

      That’s wonderful to hear! We wanted to pass on a link to help you learn more about Jesus Christ and grow in your faith.

  2. Nonnie jacobs says:

    That response was short and straight to the point. It is all by God’s grace through His only begotten son Jesus, for it is never His wish to see us perish. A true father indeed. Bless His holy Name.

  3. Richard Gross says:

    I have repented and gave my life to Christ but I do not feel his spirit.

    1. Beatrice Kavata says:

      Richard I think prayer should work for you completely..
      during the time prayer take your time to listen to God’s voice and also seek for his spirit to be within you..
      I pray that you may acquire the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit which would be very essential in your journey as a born again Christian.
      All the bestツ

    2. Catherine says:

      Dear Richard, prayer, studying the names of God (David Wilkerson has a good book, or online resources) to better know to whom I address my prayers, studying the bible a little in its Hebrew and Greek to help me understand Him more, and apologetics (never be afraid to seek answers; pray for His discernment and wisdom); Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden are two respected apologists I recommend. In prayer and much love in Christ,
      Catherine

  4. Joseph T says:

    thanks

  5. camilla carlyle says:

    I am trying to become born again. I was told today by my bible studies teacher that the devil wants me dead and that satan is the ruler of this planet but that god is omnispresent, not satan. for some reason evil attacks me, i feel like some of the devil has entered me, i love sinning, i do not know jesus. i need my spirit to become jesus’ spirit, to understanding my spirit by reading and understanding the bible, understanding jesus and what he did, and do good works. it is difficult to avoid temptation when god gave you the form of what the media would say looks like a supermodel.

    1. BGEA says:

      Camilla, you can be born again and begin a relationship with Jesus today! Temptation is a difficult thing, and something Christians still face, but the good news is that Jesus can help us overcome that temptation. If you’re ready to have Jesus in your life, we encourage you to start here: https://peacewithgod.net/. We have also passed on your message so we can follow up with you through email.

    2. John says:

      Camilla your story has touched me, here is my only word that i give you. ” Read the gospel books, Jesus himself will reveal Himself for your salvation.”

  6. Murray says:

    Yes Christ died for our sin on the Cross of Calvary, and He rose from the dead and went to heaven AND HAS PROMISED TO RETURN, ONE DAY, TO REDEEM OUR BODIES these are the last days and it is imminent At a moment at the twinkle of an eye at the last trump, the trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed
    UNLESS CHRIST RETURNS WE DON”T HAVE ANYTHING. Jesus is coming soon.

  7. Vicki says:

    Sorry to inform you but most ‘Born Again Christians’ are hypocrites. Hate for anyone who does not see their view of ‘Christianity’. Very divisive in families. Separating themselves from the Devil is actually just thinking y’re better than anyone else and God really doesn’t like that.

  8. Pascal says:

    I don’t understand.

    1. precious says:

      i know a lady that says GOD touched her as a child and later bestowed many gifts upon her and that her relationship is different with GOD than her sisters, GOD is still choosing and blessing individuals with different gifts at different times in their life, wait on the LORD