When Jesus spoke with Nicodemus in John chapter 3, he said to him;
Do not be amazed that I said, ‘You must be born again.’
But what did Jesus mean by born again? Nicodemus was certainly baffled, he asked Jesus
How can a man be born when he is old?”. ….. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?
Some people are confused even today about this concept, some go around asking other; are you born again? But what does is truly mean to be born again?
Jesus did not tell Nicodemus what it meant, he only expressed his concern for Nicodemus’s lack of understanding by saying;
“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and you do not understand these things?
Some may believe that to be born again is to have a change of heart or something like that.
In John chapter 3 Jesus provides some very interesting facts about being born again.
First Jesus says, …. no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. And he says,
….no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
So, the kingdom of God is something that can be seen and its something that can be entered into. Jesus qualifies this by saying, …. Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:50 also tells us,
…flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God….
So, those who see and enter the kingdom of God are not flesh and blood but are spirit beings.
Jesus shares with Nicodemus the prescription of this process, he says,
no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Water and the Spirit. Water is a purifying element. In John 4:14, Jesus told the Samaritan woman,
“whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”
Those who truly drink Jesus will drink eternal life, they will have this eternal life in them. In John 7:38 says,
Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: 'Streams of living water will flow from within him.'"
Some may think this is the water of baptism, but baptism is only a symbol of newness of life; the true life is the living water given by Jesus.
Jesus also said, the Spirit. The Spirit is the Power of God which brings about this spiritual birth. Romans 8:11 says,
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who dwells in you.
God’s Spirit raised up Jesus, it is this same power that will give birth to our new life as spirit beings.
1 Corinthians 6:14 also shares this by saying,
By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also.
Jesus is the first born of many brethren, and this is what he was expressing to Nicodemus when he told him,
“Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Jesus Christ came to save us by healing us, as the children of Israel, stung with fiery serpents, was cured and lived by looking up to the brazen serpent, Num_21:6-9. In this observe the deadly and destructive nature of sin. Ask awakened consciences, ask damned sinners, they will tell you, that how charming soever the allurements of sin may be, at the last it bites like a serpent. See the powerful remedy against this fatal malady. Christ is plainly set forth to us in the gospel. He whom we offended is our Peace, and the way of applying for a cure is by believing. If any so far slight either their disease by sin, or the method of cure by Christ, as not to receive Christ upon his own terms, their ruin is upon their own heads. He has said, Look and be saved, look and live; lift up the eyes of your faith to Christ crucified. And until we have grace to do this, we shall not be cured, but still, are wounded with the stings of Satan, and in a dying state. Jesus Christ came to save us by pardoning us, that we might not die by the sentence of the law. Here is gospel, good news indeed. Here is God's love in giving his Son for the world. God so loved the world; so really, so richly. Behold and wonder, that the great God should love such a worthless world! Here, also, is the great gospel duty, to believe in Jesus Christ. God having given him to be our Prophet, Priest, and King, we must give up ourselves to be ruled, and taught, and saved by him. And here is the great gospel benefit, that whoever believes in Christ, shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and so saving it. It could not be saved, but through him; there is no salvation in any other. From all this is shown the happiness of true believers; he that believeth in Christ is not condemned. Though he has been a great sinner, yet he is not dealt with according to what his sins deserve.
Jesus was indeed born again and this is the reality and the destiny of all who drink Christ.
…and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
The resurrection experience is the true birth, it is the born-again experience. In Philippians 3:10, Paul says
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.…
To attain to the resurrection from the dead. Jesus said in Luke 20:35
But those who are considered worthy to share in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. 36In fact, they can no longer die, because they are like the angels. And since they are sons of the resurrection, they are sons of God.…
They are like angels but they are sons or children of God; resurrected, born again into the family. They are like angels, but what are angels like?
And about the angels he says: He makes his angels winds, and his servants a fiery flame…
The bible is consistent, as the book of Daniel expresses this same view.
…2And many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, but others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Then the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
We must be transformed by the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds so we can have the Mind of Christ.