YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
These are the words Jesus spoke to one of the most religious men of his day
Nicodemus had come to Jesus one night to inquire about His new
doctrine. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. He believed in God,
he prayed, fasted, tithed, attended worship services, read the Scriptures and tried
to keep high moral standards. Yet, with all these credentials, Jesus told him he
had to be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God.
The Word and the Spirit
Jesus said, "… Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
John 3:3). "… Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).
Later in the book of John he said,
"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you"
Paul wrote that Christ gave Himself to sanctify and cleanse the
church with the washing of water by the
WORD (Ephesians 5:26).
that we are born again "…
not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through
the word of God which lives and abides forever, (1 Pet 1:23).
The WORD is
the seed that comes into your heart and causes faith to grow.
Not only must you have God's Word in order to be born again, but you must
have God's Spirit. It is
"not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of
regeneration and renewing of the HOLY SPIRIT" (Titus 3:5).
There are several ingredients needed in making concrete. You need sand,
cement, and water primarily. There is plenty of sand in the desert, but concrete
doesn't appear just because it's there. There is an abundance of water in the
ocean and plenty of sand, but the ocean is not full of concrete. Likewise in order
for you to be saved, the Word and the Spirit must be mixed with repentance and
faith in your heart.
Believe and Confess
"… The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the
word of faith which we preach): that if you CONFESS with your mouth the
Lord Jesus and BELIEVE in your heart that God has raised Him from the
dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one BELIEVES unto