You Must Be Born Again

  YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

John 3:3 KJV
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Our opening verse is a response Jesus gave to a Pharisee or a teacher of the Law by the name Nicodemus who came to Jesus in the night because he has seen the miracles Jesus did. Now the Pharisees at the time were the custodians of the law, they know the Law like they know their names yet there is something lacking in their life which is the reality of the Law.
Nicodemus’ interest for coming to the master was the fact that he believe Jesus Christ was a man sent from God. All his life he has never seen any of his tutors did those miracles Jesus did, though he had read them in the scriptures how Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha etc. did some notable miracles in their ages by the power of the Spirit of God. The Pharisee only know the laws in their heads and force the common people of the Israel to obey them whiles they themselves never live by the law, because of that they didn’t have the supernatural manifestation of the spirit working with them.

Now there is a secret that proceeds the miraculous which was what Jesus spoke of as “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
To be born again, then mean to be born anew and that would mean you have been born once or in the past.
When God spoke in Genesis 1:26-27 KJV and said “26…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” That was when everyman was born for the first time because we were all in Adam the first man created. But when Adam disobeyed, man died hence lost that connection with God, in other words he was dead and needed to be reborn to have the connection restored and hence the reason everyman needs to be Born again.

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       WHEN YOU ARE BORN AGAIN YOU ARE MADE ALIVE
The Spirit of God speaking to the believers in Ephesus said something intriguing through Paul the Apostle

Ephesians 2: 1-6
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).
6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
He said, they were dead in their sins but the question is how, when, and why? It is not only them, it applies to all humanity of which I am part and you are part. Glory to God forever. Carefully take notice of the various type of tenses use in the scriptures whiles reading and studying. They were dead, that is past tense and not present or future. If they were dead, then what now? Are they still dead? Absolutely not! …4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;
6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Hallelujah, you have been made alive, vitalized and quickened. It has also happened in the past and now. But this was after we were dead in our sins. The death in sins proceeds the quickening. Let now answer the questions How, when and why did all humanity died by going Genesis 2:15 -17
15. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
16. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
17. But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Our interest on the verse 17, God said the day Adam eat the fruit he (Adam) will certainly die. Now the death here is not a physical death but spiritual death which we call Alienation from the life of God. So in the next chapter which is chapter 3, Eve was deceived and Adam too ate the fruit that he was forbidden not to eat and the worse of human history happened, man died. They did not know they were naked before eating the forbidden fruit yet after eating they immediately realized they were naked and do not have to righteousness to have fellowship with God.
Genesis 3:8-11 says “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” This was not their first time having fellowship with God. It is not God’s first time of visiting man in the garden but one of his habitual visit of communion between him and man because they were of the same kind. It was association of the God-kind just like we have association or relationships of mankind. Remember God created man in his own image, so Adam and Eve were a kind of God hence the constant fellowship that existed between the two parties. You don’t see pigs’ fellowshipping with sheep or cattle. When you see a monkey you are sure to find another money and likewise, God needed not to be in any other fellowship. So why did they hid hearing God? They never did it before, there must be a reason which the subsequent verse told us about as following;
“9. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10. He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11. And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
So God asked have you eaten the fruit I have told you not to eat and they responded yes. You see, God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent. Anything He speaks, He make sure it comes to past and He has already told man that the day he eats of that fruit he will certainly die. Though physically they were alive, spiritually they were dead and that spiritual death is alienation from the life of God. So that was how all humanity were dead in their sins.

Romans 5:12
12. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

From where we stopped, man though physically they were alive, spiritually they were dead and that spiritual death is alienation from the life of God and the above scripture is telling us that just by one man’s disobedience sin came into the world and through sin death came upon all men which we established earlier that, all mankind was in Adam at the time he disobeyed hence all mankind suffered the consequences. To restore back the relationship, justice demands that there must be payment of ransom. Man needed to pay for the price and because he could not pay the price, we (all mankind) must paid the price individually because our great grandpa Adam could not pay that price. This means we must all then pay the price individually and you and I could testify that we cannot and since we cannot, God has to help humanity by sending Jesus Christ.
Despite we were alienated from commonwealth of God (the chosen generation) through the trespass of one man, we were much more reconciled through God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, and overflow to the many! Though death reigned over all humanity (in the past), now we have the grace of God in the form of Jesus Christ and by him too, we shall have the life we lost. So it is reasonable that though sin and death entered the world through the disobedience of one man (Adam), life also came back to men through the obedience of one man Jesus Christ.
Let us look at how were Born again properly.

           HOW WE WERE BORN AGAIN
1 Peter 1:23
23. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Hallelujah! What an extraordinary revelation this is! He the Christian or the believer (that is you!) is born again not of a corruptible seed but of incorruptible seed, meaning that seed cannot perish; it is impossible for it to perish, and he continue to say by the living and enduring word of God. There are only three things living and enduring and even those things are unanimously one. When I say enduring I mean everlasting, unending, and precisely and aptly eternal that is God who can manifest Himself as God the father, His word (God the Son) and His Spirit(God the Holy Spirit).

And the bible is telling us that when you’re Born again, you’re born of and enduring entity; which means you are also an enduring entity. Wow, if the Word of God is everlasting, then by the virtue of you of being born again, you’re everlasting as well. You have the same essence of God and you’re God because you’re born of Him. Humans give birth to humans, goats give birth to goats and it is important to note also that God can only give birth to Gods and He does that through His word which we understood miraculous became a seed plant into the womb of a virgin called Mary as prophesied by Isaiah the prophet, 1000 years before its manifestation. God does not need to marry a woman and have sex with her to give birth! Those who think like that have limited understanding, they are ruled by their sense and moreover, the gods they believe in are powerless hence such doubt linger over their naïve and ignorant minds! But oh, God hates ignorance, Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

The mystery then is because, it was by disobedience death came, it must be by obedience that life is restore and that life is in the Word of God which is the seed by which we all must be born again and that seed became human being called Jesus Christ.
We established that justice demands payment of ransom for our sins which our great grandpa Adam could not pay hence we were to individually pay but the fact remained we cannot pay by ourselves either hence the Word of God who is God himself came to pay the price of dying on the cross but more importantly His spiritual death when he went to hell and defeated the devil and his cohorts on our behalf. The devils are our accusers always accusing man to God until JESUS came into the world and defeated in him death. Remember man was created to replace the fallen Lucifer who is now Satan. That jealousy is still there because of that he does everything to see humanity fall!

So the Spirit said in Colossians 2:15 about Christ “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Come on shout somebody! You have won the victory because Christ did it for us all. The devil is defeated, Hell is defeated. Glory! Glory!! Glory!!!

            WHAT IS THE WORD OF GOD?
We understood as we progressed from above that to be Born again is to be born of the word of God which is enduring and eternal. What then is the word of God? Let us go to the Gospel according to John the Beloved Apostle of Jesus.
John 1:1-4
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.      2. He was with God in the beginning.
3. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The word of God is God. We all know or have heard that God is in himself the beginning and the end and no one created God but himself. Such is/was the Word of God because we understand in verse 1 that even in the beginning, the Word of God was present, and with God and that word was God himself. So the Word was present at the start of everything and the Word was God at the time. Reading further we see that the Word is not just a word but is described as He (John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.), meaning the Word is a person if not it would have been wrong to personified the Word but alas “let God be true and man liar” because according to 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” This simply means everything in the Bible is without doubt the absolute true and must be taken as it is because God cannot lie hence the things we saw earlier; how that the word is God, is not a lie but the truth.
The verse 3 said all the things created, were created by Him (the Word) and without Him was not anything made. The trees, rocks, mountains, animals, humans (you and I) etc. are made by him. Without Him was not anything made because He is the God that created all things. Only Him has the life that every other thing needed to succeed or triumph, so the Bible says “in Him was life and the life was the light of men”. The light of men because living in sin and death is living in darkness. Darkness is a word use in the Bible to portray evil, sin, death, sickness, poverty etc. and He (the Word) is the only light that can take away such darkness from the mist of the people which He could not do without coming in the form of a man just as our great grandpa Adam.

John 1:14
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The word was subject to the same conditions as our great grandpa Adam was subjected to, so that it does not become unfair to great grandpa Adam. First we see in the above verse how that the word became flesh and dwell among us. The word needs to be subjected to the tempting of the devil, if not Adam would have excuse on the day of judgement saying the Lord did not experience the same temptations he was subjected to hence His (Lord’s) ability to overcome the tempter. The writer of Hebrews whom the Lord said to me is Paul vividly laid it in Hebrews 4:15 as “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” He was the only one tempted yet without sin, as such the only one to be able to save us. By Him we have overcome temptations!
Hebrews 2:18 “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Glory to God! Hallelujah! It is only the word of God that can help those who are tempted and led captive because only him overcame the temptations.

             HOW TO BE SAVE OR BORN AGAIN
Romans 10:9-10
9. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
There is a spiritual principle by which men are saved or by which salvation comes and that is confessing with your mouth the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your life. You need to profess it, that is, declare it boldly. One of the great men of God said “Confession proceeds possessions”. What you confess you possessed! It is a spiritual law and we have that law in operations even when it comes to receiving salvation. The very next verse which is 10 also laid bare another principle by which men are made righteous.

Without righteousness no one can enter the Kingdom of heaven as Jesus said in Mathew 5:20 KJV “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The Pharisee at the time were recognised by the Jews as the most righteous but Jesus said, except a man’s righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees meaning the standard of righteousness that God is looking for is above what the Pharisees have at the time. This simply meant the Pharisees of the time will not make heaven by their own righteousness unless they believed in Jesus Christ. He is the righteousness of God Personified as we see in 1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

The word says Christ is made unto us righteousness among many more. The only righteousness that can make you stand before God without inferiority complex, without the sense of guilt or condemnation. Hallelujah! Glory to God for that righteousness is just away from you by the distance of believing in Jesus Christ. Just believe and you are made righteous, no need to struggle trying to live a righteous life whiles it is just at the door of your heart knocking for you to just open it for Him to enter. You can be made righteous right now, all you need is to believe in the finished work of Christ. His death on the cross and His resurrection! Oh what a glory it was or is that Christ came to die for you and me. Even if it was only you or me on earth He would still have come to die for you! That is how valuable you are to Him. You are more than silver and gold. You are worth the precious blood of Jesus. Are you ready to give your life to Christ then repeated aloud what is in the confession section below.

                         CONFESSION
Oh Lord God, thank you for your son Jesus Christ whom you gave for my sins to be paid for. I believe with my heart (spirit, soul and body) His finished work and I confess with my mouth now that He is my Lord and personal saviour. I believe He was made sinful that I might be made righteous. Thank you for saving me and now I can boldly say you’re my father and I am your child. Thank you eternally for the eyes of my understanding is flooded with the mystery of the new birth. Thank you for granting me understanding and counting worthy that I may impart the unbelieving world to the end salvation be received in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.

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