Have you been born again? Some of you can answer that question in the affirmative without batting an eye. Others are fairly sure that they have experienced it. Then, some are confused either by the seemingly odd nature of the thought of being “born again,” or by the wide range of explanations given by preachers of different faiths. The truth is that this rebirth is a biblical idea, and one that is essential to a person’s eternal salvation. So, what is it to be born again?
Peter wrote, “…According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3). The “living hope” that Peter spoke about is that hope of eternal life in heaven, and he said that we are “born again” to that hope.
The account of Nicodemus’ contact with Jesus
Christ sheds more light on what this means.
Jesus told him that “unless one is born again he cannot see the
The birth “of water” is most certainly water
baptism. What else could be meant by the “washing of water” (Ephesians
The birth of “the Spirit” is that gift that
Christians receive upon their baptism into Christ (Acts