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What Does it Mean to be Born Again?

Updated: May 17, 2022





Jared:

So what does it mean to be born again? So what does that really practically mean?


Pastor David:

Okay.


Jared:

What does it mean spiritually? What does it mean for eternity?


Pastor David:

Yeah, born again. A fancy word for born again would be regeneration by the Holy Spirit. So being born again, the question was asked in John Chapter Three of Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee, a learned purveyor of the scriptures, the Torah.


Pastor David:

And a responsible leader within his community, a religious leader. And he snuck out, met Jesus at late at night. And in that meeting, he just says, "Hey, nobody could do what you're doing, Jesus, unless, God was with him." And Jesus just kind of goes right to it and says to him, "You must be born again." So He confronts an idea that Nicodemus has never, ever considered. This is not on his Torah training classes.


Pastor David:

The idea of being born again. And so the natural response to that was, by Nicodemus was, "How's that possible?"


Pastor David:

"Am I supposed to somehow as a grown man, climb up back into my mother's womb, and be born again? In other words, that's a pretty crazy statement.


Pastor David:

So he's using logic to deal with a spiritual truth that Jesus is trying to convey.


Pastor David:

And then Jesus, once again, I love the simplicity of how God answers these things. Jesus says, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Don't be surprised that I'm telling you must be born again or you have to be born again."


Pastor David:

So He's letting him know that, "You've already had the natural birth. I'm not talking about natural birth."


Pastor David:

"That which is born of the flesh, I'm talking about a spiritual birth."


Pastor David:

And so it's very simple. It's the understanding of the spiritual birth. So the spiritual birth comes first by the recognition that you're dead, that you're not alive to God. Spiritually. And that happened in the garden when Adam sinned, fell away from God, was excommunicated from the garden. The consequence of that was when Adam sinned, according to Romans, when Adam sinned, I sinned, you sinned, we all sin, because we were all in Adam, we're all children of Adam. So the nature of sin was then passed down, genetically, spiritually, to us. The consequence of that is according to what God told Adam at the time, which is, "If you do this, you're going to die."


Pastor David:

Well, he didn't physically die that moment, but he died immediately spiritually. He became dead in his awareness, his relationship, his connectivity with God. It became dead and that's been passed down. So we're all dead, according to Romans, we're all dead in our trespasses and in our sins. So our sin separates us from God. And a sacrificial system was implemented in the Old Testament to show us how exceedingly sinful we were, that no matter how many doves or lambs or oxen were killed it still couldn't fully absolve us. Or bring a solution. To the thing that was separating us from God. And so then that's when Jesus came. Jesus came to become the lamb of God that removes the sins of the world.


Pastor David:

So He came to pour out His blood and He died, according to Hebrews, once and for all. So He doesn't have to keep dying. His solution on the cross was to absolve or remove the power of sin. And the sins came from our soul. Now, the only way that gets activated in you and I is by putting our faith in that sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross.That's where that comes. So I believe He died because of my sin and for my sin. So He became me. Just like I was in Adam when Adam sinned, I was in Christ when He died.