KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:5 KJV” Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
When the Lord told Nicodemus that unless he is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God, Nicodemus asked, how can an elderly man enter into his mother’s womb and be born a second time. This saying of such a worldly-wise man, reveals that any man without the spirit of God is stone dead to the reality of the things of the Spirit. We should not be surprised at how they view the children of God and in some occasions persecute the people of God. Dear Saint of God be very considerate with such people, love them, pray for them because they are in a very different world from ours. The Lord was talking about a new kind of birth, but this time through the power of God.
The Lord explained what the agents for this new birth is. He said unless one is born of water and the spirit, he cannot be born again. Some have explained that the water is water baptism. In 1Peter 3:21, apostle Peter explained that it is not the dipping into water that saves us, but the answer of a good conscience towards God. What is the answer of a good conscience? This is referring to the heart responding positively to the word of God. This point agrees with a number of scriptures.
1. 1 Peter 1:23;” Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
2. James 1:18 KJV “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” Once again we see that it is the word of God that gave birth to us.
3.Eph 5:26 KJV “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”
This time the scripture shows that, the water refers directly to the word of God.
4 Rom 10:9 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
According to the scripture above, we believe in the WORD and confess with our mouth to be saved.
Secondly the scriptures say the Holy Spirit also plays a very, important role in this new birth experience. Titus 3:5 KJV “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”. The Lord stated that the Holy Spirit is the agent of this new birth. He calls it being born of the Spirit. (John 3 :6)
Dear saints of Gid, we are born into the family of God by believing the good news about our Lord Jesus and then the Holy Spirit also gives us life as a result.
Thank you, heavenly father for giving us your only Son, Jesus Christ, who died on our behalf and took away all my sins. I confess that He is Lord of my life. I receive the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. I thank you Father for this new birth. I am a son of God and God is my father.
THOUGHT: GOD’S PLAN FOR THIS NEW BIRTH IS TO BRING US INTO ONENESS WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD
1Peter 1:2 KJV “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
John 3:8 KJV” The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”