Born Again

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

John 3:3-7

The things of God may seem illogical when reasoning from the human point of view. When Jesus told Nicodemus that it was necessary to be born again to see the Kingdom of God, Nicodemus immediately imagined to an adult entering the womb of his mother to be born. Indeed, Jesus was not referring to a birth in the flesh but in an entirely different birth from the Spirit. That is the real and true second birth, which we need in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

Why you must be born again in the Spirit? When we are born from the womb of our mother we are born in the flesh. However, having the breath of life does not mean that our whole being is alive. There’s a part of us that is dead although we enjoy excellent health. That part is the spirit, which is dead because of sin. In this case, spiritual death means being separated from God, whose holiness is totally incompatible with sin. To be born again in the Spirit, then our own spirit receives life, which, contrary to the carnal life we ​​know, will never end because it is eternal life.

How are we born again? Born again involves restoring the relationship between God and man. That relationship was broken by sin and as Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death. Therefore, someone must die to pay the price for our sin. That someone was our Lord Jesus Christ, who took your place and mine on the cross of Calvary dying in atonement for our sins. But the Lord Jesus was not dead, but He raised again conquering sin and death. And thanks to Him, we have the opportunity to be born again of water and the Spirit and thus have access to see the Kingdom of God.

Romans 6:23 goes on to say: but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. The new birth is not something we can buy or win; it is a beautiful gift that comes from God. Eternal life is not acquired its own right. It is impossible to be saved by our own works. Nor is there any guarantee of having eternal life because they belong to a particular church or by following certain rituals. Only through Jesus Christ and no one else, heavenly citizenship is acquired.

Being born again is what it says 2 Corinthians 5:17:  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Let us because in Christ so that the new birth we need to see the Kingdom of God and enjoy eternal life with our Heavenly Father occurs. God bless you.

The Kingdom of God

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

This verse, in their 19 words, reveals the heart of God and what He expects us to do every day. What is to seek? Seeking is going out of our comfort zone and take action, go and meet with God, is to search His Word to know His thoughts and His will, it is actively engaged in finding the truth. First means we have to do before anything else. This word indicates where to start, what should be our priority. It also shows the focus point from where the goals, objectives and purposes.

Many have heard of the Kingdom of God, but do we really know its meaning? The Word says that the Kingdom of God is like a planted seed that sprouts, grows and produces fruit ready to be harvested. That seed can be as small as a mustard seed, but can grow large enough to surpass everything else and shelter us in it. The Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. However, as Paul puts it, the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink. Therefore, the Kingdom of God cannot be tangible and visible as an earthly kingdom, but its spiritual extension is as immense as God Himself.

Becoming part of the Kingdom of God requires us to certain requirements. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus indicates how difficult it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God because he or she puts more confidence in money than in God. As Jesus himself says, we cannot serve two masters and we have to choose between serving God and serving mammon. If money is more important to a person than to serve God, obviously that person will have difficulty in allowing God to rule his or her life. In Luke 6:20, Jesus clearly states that the Kingdom of God is for the poor. The reason is obvious: the poor are totally dependent on God, completely subject to His will because they know they can do nothing on their own strength. Many wealthy people, however, might even think they do not need God because they feel powerful enough for their wealth.

Another requirement to enter the Kingdom of God is being away from sin. Jesus rebukes us hard about it even to sort us to draw an eye if our sight becomes a tool for sin. Paul lists a list of practitioners of sin who cannot inherit the Kingdom of God unjust, immoral, idolaters, adulterers, effeminates, thieves, homosexuals, covetous, drunkards, revilers and swindlers.

To stay away from sin, we need to be born again of water and the Spirit. Jesus tells us that this condition is necessary to see the Kingdom of God. To be born again must receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and then also receive the Holy Spirit. But before being recipients of such holiness, we need to repent and renounce sin forever, never look at our past. God bless you.