WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BORN AGAIN?
Answer: To be born again is to be born of the spirit of God. This is one of the most frequently asked questions of our time. People think that going to church is being born again.
Advantage: It is good you know this. The answer to this question will help you not to be deceived in life. You become truly a born again with God's fear.
By this, you will be able to live a holy lifestyle. Get closer to God. Enjoy his goodness and mercy. And live in the hope of his rapture.
Message: Taking our scripture from 1John 3:9-10, the Bible says.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin for his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God”.
The measure of sin is very important to determine who is born again and who is not in verse 10, it is written.
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil”.
If you are born again by the spirit of God, it is not your soul or your flesh that is born again but your spirit.
As it is written John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”.
God is a spirit and will only beget a spirit being. This operation takes place at repentance. When this happens God revives your spirit which is dead in sin to life on the righteousness of God.
Then he takes your spirit and put it in the body of Jesus and takes the spirit of Jesus and transfers it unto your heart. This is the Great Spirit exchange: the spirit of Jesus in you and yours in him (John 14:20; John 15:4-5; 1 John 4:13).
When this happens there is a great union between your spirit and spirit of Jesus as of the union between a husband and wife. (1 Cor 6:17). You become one with Jesus by your spirits having access to God the father in all issues. (Eph 2:18).
Therefore it is written in Romans 8:9, “If any man has not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.
To be born again you must have the spirit of Jesus in your heart, as he has ours. And you cannot sin because the ‘seed’ which is the spirit of Jesus is in you and your new spirit is in him.
This relationship makes it difficult for your spirit to sin because it is born of God and is dwelling in the body of Jesus. Though your soul and your flesh many make mistake in sin Eph 2:3 your spirit can not because it is born of God but your soul and flesh are not horn again yet until at the last moment of their existence here on earth at rapture or death (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23-24).
To be born again means that you will be under the control of the leadership of the spirit of Jesus in you every time. Bible in Romans 8:14,
“For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.
When you are born again, the spirit of Jesus in you speaks to you clearly; he manifests in tongue speaking; he rebukes you when you make mistake in sin. He teaches you the word of God. He gives you a revelation of the spiritual things of God. He reminds you of the promises of God. Releases new songs in you. And activates the gift of God in you.
He bears the fruit of the spirit in you: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith (Gal 5:22). These character change will be seen in you, noticed and spoken of by your friends and neighbours who knew you of old. When you see this new life in you; then you are born again.
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