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(BORN AGAIN) SCRIPTURE- St. John 3:3                                                JANUARY, 1994

Jesus answered and said unto him, "Verily, verily. I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

SUBJECT : YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

Let me ask you a question? It's really quite simple. Are you born again (saved)?

If you are like most of the people that I have put this question to, that say they are Christians, you would probably answer by saying that you are a Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, or one of the other denominations that are part of the Christian faith.

However, that is not what I asked. There is a difference between being saved, and being a member of a group, or congregation.

When Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, a religious leader of that time, He put forth a truth, that today, is, for the most part, largely ignored or misunderstood by the Christian community.

That truth, is one that will determine the eternal destiny of every man, woman, boy and girl.


Heaven and hell, are the two final places that we will be facing, when we die. The only way, we will get to Heaven, is if we are, as Jesus said, born again.

To understand the term, we must go back to Adam and Eve, more specifically, Adam.

When God, created man, He gave him a free will, as far as making a choice to obey the commandment, that God gave him. Quite simply, it was one commandment. And that was, not to eat of the fruit of the tree, in the middle of the garden. That tree, was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (not apple).

Before they ate the fruit, there was no evil inside of them. They were perfect, and had they not eaten that fruit, they would have lived eternally, meaning they would be alive today.

But, once Adam ate the fruit, he corrupted himself. And that corruption, was passed on to every human, born after that. This came about, because of the curse that God put on them as a result of their disobedience.

One of those curses was, physical death.

But, an overlooked part of the curse, was spiritual death (eternal separation from God).

It is this spiritual death, that is at the focus, of Jesus' statement.


You see, God deals with us, in both the physical and spiritual realm, but the primary realm is the spiritual. Since God is a Spirit, and since we are spirits, that possess a soul, and live in a body, the only way we can do anything to please God, is through the spirit.

The things we do, through what is known as the flesh, do not please God, because many people do things that God wants them to do, but they do it for all the wrong reasons.

Most of us work and support our families, because we want to. But, there are others of us, who do the same things because, someone has made them do it. If they could get away with it, they would quit, and start doing what they want to do.

The difference between the two, is what we have in our spirit.

What a person does outwardly, can fool anyone, but what is in the spirit, is what God looks at. This is why, going to church everyday, singing in the choir, preaching, paying tithes and anything else you can think of, that is what God says we should do, is not worth a hill of beans, if you are not born again.

When Jesus told Nicodemus, that he must be born again, the first thing he thought of, was going back into his mother's womb, and coming out again. This was because he was thinking of natural, fleshly things, and Jesus was talking about spiritual things.

Jesus went on to say, "that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit..." What Jesus meant, is that the spirit of all men, is a corrupt spirit, that will stay in a man, until one of two things happen. Those two things are, death, or that spirit is replaced by a new spirit. That process will only happen, when a person, asks God for it.

So then, why would a person ask for it?

Well, they wouldn't, if they didn't know what was in store for them, if they stay the way they are.

You see, most people think that there is no hell. Others think that even if hell is real, God wouldn't send them there, because He loves us too much, to send us to a place like that.

And, they are right, He wouldn't. However, we send ourselves there.


God commands obedience to His Word. And a corrupt spirit, won't obey, so outside of being born again, a person, can't obey, because that spirit won't let them.

Only when we turn to God, admit that we are sinners, repent of the sin of rejecting Him, ask Him to come into our hearts (the term spirit, can be used interchangeably), will He do it. When He does that, you have been, born again.

Many people, think that they are too far gone, and God will not save them. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Jesus said, "whosoever comes to me, I will in no wise cast out."


That means, the prostitute, the homosexual, the lesbian, the child molester, the murderer, the adulterer, the fornicator, and whosoever...., can come to Jesus, and get saved.

One other thing you need to know, and that is, Jesus, is the only one that can save you. The bible says, 'there is no other name, given to mankind, whereby we must (can) be saved' (Acts 4:12).

As good as many other religions, and denominational doctrines are, only the name of Jesus, will get God's attention.

People like to call God by many different names. Because of this, God gave us a name, by which we can gain access to Him. Just like if your name is Charles, you wouldn't answer to James would you? Well, since God, wrapped Himself in flesh, and called Himself Jesus, then that is the name we must use.

As far as where you have to go, to get saved, you can do it right now, right where you are.

All you have to do is say, "JESUS, I AM A SINNER, AND I AM SORRY FOR MY SINFUL WAYS. WILL YOU COME INTO MY HEART, AND CLEANSE ME FROM ALL MY SIN, AND BE LORD OF MY LIFE. I ACCEPT YOU AS LORD AND SAVIOR, AND WITH YOUR HELP, I WILL LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU DIED ON THE CROSS FOR MY SINS, AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, FOR MY JUSTIFICATION."

If you prayed that prayer, from the heart, meaning every word, congratulations, you are now saved. The next thing you need to do, is start learning about what God wants you to begin doing.

Among these things, is get water baptized, in the name of Jesus as a symbolic act of the remission of your sins. Also, seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which will be the evidence of God's power, being given to you, as recorded in the book of Acts, chapter 2.


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