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Being born again is an act
John 1:12-13 But as many as
received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even
to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
To all who believe in Him and accept Him, Jesus has
the power and right to make them children of God. They
are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion
or plan, this rebirth is spiritual and comes from God alone. This
is an invisible birth. It is something far beyond the physical birth
that we know, and far beyond anything that we can comprehend. When
we were born into this world physically, those around us could see
and feel and hold and weigh us. They would have to wash and clothe
and feed us. But being “born
again” is an invisible and mysterious
birth and has nothing to do with the flesh. It is of God and Heaven.
Being “born again”
is of the Spirit, a completely different kind of birth, a mysterious
birth. When a person is “born
again,” it truly is mysterious! Being
born of the Spirit cannot be compared to a physical birth. The only
similarity is that being born physically places you into a family
on Earth, and being born spiritually places you into the family
of God. So, when you are “born
again” you actually have two families.
Physical birth is common, every person is born. But NOT every person
is “born again.”
Those people who have a second birth, experience a birth not of
the body but of the heart. They are born not into time, but into
eternity. They are not born of Earth but of Heaven. They have an
inward birth, a spiritual birth, a birth of the heart, a mysterious
birth! Born again
is a specific and individual gift from God. This marvelous, invisible
birth is also a special grant from God. God is supreme and sovereign
over all. There is not a child born anywhere in the world whom God
does not own as His creation. Someone once wisely stated that there
are no illegitimate children, just illegitimate parents. No matter
who you are: race, culture, legitimate or not, you CAN BE God’s
child! You CAN HAVE this other birth, this mysterious, spiritual
This second birth is different from, and far better
than the first kind of birth. This second birth is one that gives
us an unusual right: the right to be born into God’s family,
thus becoming a child of the Father in Heaven. When I speak of the
Fatherhood of God, I am referring to the fact that God is
the Father of all who believe. He is the Father of the
whole family in Heaven and on Earth who believe on the Name of Jesus.
God is NOT the Father of sinners (unbelievers). God is NOT the Father
of all mankind, for God is NOT the Father of unbelieving murderers
and those willfully living an immoral life. God
is only the Father of those who believe.
There is also the brotherhood of man. God has made of one blood
all people who dwell on the face of the earth. All who are born
into the world are born of the same blood. Our skin may be different.
Some will have blond hair, red hair, black hair; some hair curly,
some straight. We may not look alike, but there is nevertheless
a widespread human brotherhood. We all descended from Adam whose
mortal sin brought death into the world.
Born again is a brotherhood within the brotherhood. There is a brotherhood
of all mankind, and there is another brotherhood within that brotherhood.
I am speaking of the brotherhood of the saints of God (born
again believers). The fact that there is a
broad human brotherhood does NOT mean that all men are saved. They
are not. In fact, there are only a “few”
(Mat.7:14; 22:14) that are saved into this elite brotherhood. Only
when people believe and are saved (born
again) do they enter into the brotherhood of
the redeemed. The liberals and the
modernists are WRONG! They say that because mankind
is a brotherhood, we all are the children of one Father, and therefore
we all are saved. That is totally unscriptural and it is
NOT true! Liberals want to place everyone on a single level:
Christian and non-Christian, religious and godless, saved and lost,
believer and unbeliever. The Bible has none of this! Yes, there
is a brotherhood of man that comes by the first birth, BUT, there
is another brotherhood that comes only through the second birth.
You can only dwell in that sacred, mysterious brotherhood of the
ransomed and the redeemed, that fellowship of the saints; by believing
and accepting the broken Body and the shed Blood of the Saviour!
Only by the grace of God can you be in this “brotherhood
of the few.” This is a mysterious birth, and it gives
us an extreme and special privilege! “To all who received
him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become
children of God!” It is a gift, from God alone! God gives
us the privilege, the legal right, to become His children. This
is what it means to be born into the Kingdom of God. It is actually
a privilege to be “born again.” Jesus and only Jesus,
gives us the “right” to become children of God.
born again should make the headlines.
Almighty God allows certain people to be “born
again.” They are born in the Spirit,
not in the flesh. These were the privileged few. They have
a right given to them that others do not and cannot have, the “right”
to be the children of God. The Bible makes it very plain
that a person who is a creation of God becomes a child of God ONLY
when he or she is born by a special privilege or grant of Almighty
God. It interesting to know that this is a right and a privilege
that even the angels do not have. God’s Promise to us is this:
what Jesus is, we will be. Not in a sense of deity (being God),
certainly not, but in all the rights and privileges. We will be
equal to Jesus and like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are
we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for
we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)
In that day, if there is any bowing to be done, the
angels will do it, for the children of the Most High God have the
highest privilege of being like Jesus. Why don’t more people
believe this? If they did, there would be many more being “born
again.” Let us act like children of God
and believe that we have a special right to be children of God by
reaching out to lost souls around us. Let us be sick inside when
we see children of Heaven acting like the sons of Earth, acting
like children of the world and the flesh, living like Adam and yet
saying they believe in a new birth by God’s Spirit, saying
that they are "Christians."
how to have the privilege.
How can a person get this special privilege?
You must BELIEVE, and when you do,
you are received. Many who go around “believing” never
really get very far. There are many hypocrites (Mat.23:12-33). Our
Lord called them some awful names. They ‘profess’ to
be “Christians” but they do not ‘possess’
Christ in their hearts. But with “born
again” ones, it’s different! Those
born of the mysterious birth, believed. They are not cynics, doubters
or pessimists. They took a confident, humble, trusting attitude
toward Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. They received Him,
and “to all who received him,…he gave the right.”
This word “receive” is not passive. Passive
is when I receive the action and do nothing; active is when I perform
the act (trust and obey). There is much passive (inactive, motionless)
religion in the world today. Most people are passive toward God.
Most who “receive” Christ today, make it a
passive thing! The Bible knows absolutely nothing about passive
or inactive reception. The word “receive” should
be active. You cannot “receive” Christ and
then be idle! That is absolute hypocrisy! You simply draw near to
Him with your mouth, and honor Him with your lips; but your heart
is FAR from Him. (Mat.15:8; Mark 7:6). That does
NOT make you “born again.”
You must be sincere! It must be from the heart! Passive or inactive acceptance is NOT the equivalent of faith! We
must “receive” Christ; we must take Him into
the deepest part of our heart and soul! We must then be an active
child of God by obeying Him. “Go
Being born again
is an aggressive act of our total character. “Receiving”
is taking instead of accepting. To “receive Him”
and truly be saved, is an action of our entire personality. It is
an act of the mind and of the will and of the affections. It is
not only an act of our total personality, it is an aggressive act
of our total personality. You WANT to be saved, don’t you?
You WANT to be born again,
don’t you? Then reach out and “receive Him,”
take Him, grab Him and never let Him
go! Do it like you mean it! Be aggressive.
Take Jesus into your heart and soul and mind. He’s offered
to you, take Him like you mean it. Let every part of your being
became a hand reaching out to Christ Jesus, for He is the only One
who can save you. It is absolutely a matter of life and death; of
Heaven or Hell. Please
realize this, and grab hold of Him securely and never let Him go!
Take Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, with all of your
will and affections, with all your feelings and intelligence. “Receiving
Him” must be an active thing. Don’t
just sit there. Evangelical Christianity is rapidly
dying out. It’s on a dead-end street. People stand in the
pews and sing about tears and prayers and believing, but there’s
not one sign of action. OTHER religions are speeding onto the scene.
OTHER gods are being praised and worshipped. People believe in self-esteem,
self this and self that. They don’t read the Bible enough
to know that we are NOTHING on our own (John 15:1-5;
2 Cor.3:5; Phil.4:13). We can do nothing lasting by ourselves. Don’t
be fooled by the commotion of religious activity, or the surge of
religious thinking. I wrote an article “Religion
or Christ” showing there is a huge difference between
so-called “religion” and Christ! Religion is simply
a belief. It can be a belief in anything! Hunting, fishing, sports,
any kind of pleasure, sex, another person, money, etc. Anything can be “religion” to you. Don’t think that just
because a person goes to church every time the doors open, they
are a “Christian.” A person must have Christ in their
heart and soul to be a TRUE Christian. Take C-h-r-i-s-t out of Christian;
what do you have? Nothing! Remember, the meaning
of the word “received” is very important here.
“As many as received him” means to actively
and aggressively take Him! It means you have resolved to exercise
(put into action) your will. It means you won’t deny or reject
any condition that the Lord lays down. This is something quite different
from what we hear.
We do not come to the
Lord and try to make terms because we don’t like what He’s
put before us. We cannot haggle, argue or barter. It’s His
Way or not at all! We must come to the Lord and actively “receive”
(take) Him on His terms.
Born again meets any condition
He lays down.
What is a TRUE child
of God? It is the believer in Christ who will gladly
and willingly meet any condition the Lord lays down, even if it
means forsaking friends or family. Is this necessary? YES!
Matthew 10:37-38 He
that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and
he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is
not worthy of me. [KJV]
Jesus is asking us to place our love for Him, our
Saviour and Lord, before that of wife, husband, children. And
if we do not, He will not have us. That is the sum of the
teaching of Jesus on this subject. Is it cruel? NO! It
doesn’t mean we cannot love our family and friends. Jesus
wants us to love them and everyone (Mat. 22:37-39). It is a command!
We must love! BUT we are to love Jesus
FIRST! Above and beyond ALL people and ALL things.
God demands our love and our loyalty, this is NOT cruel. Christ
does not just offer us salvation as if it were a decoration or some
addition to our dress. What He means is throw off your old rags;
get rid of them! Let Christ then dress you in the fine clean robes
of His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30). If it means loss of
money, loss of a job, persecution, opposition, so be it! Many
people who at first turn to Christ, will back away when
the going gets rough or they give in to temptation.
Matthew 13:19-23 When
any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,
then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown
in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he
that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  Yet
hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation
or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth
the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches,
choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth
it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty. (KJV)
There are four different groups of people
listed in this Passage (parable) by Christ Jesus. Which one are
the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not" Those
who hear the word and do not understand and do not make an attempt
to understand, the devil will come and snatch the word away from
them. This represents the hard packed road-side.
tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and
by he is offended." he
rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it
with joy, but like young plants their roots don't go very deep.
At first they do OK, but they soon wilt away when they have problems
or are persecuted because they believe the word.
care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful." The
thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Gospel
of Truth, but all too quickly the message is choked out by the
cares of this life and the lust of wealth, and these people produce
no "fruit" for the Lord. They trusted the Lord to begin
with, but they do NOT obey Him. We must trust and obey
. . . there is NO other way!
- "he that heareth the
word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." The
good soil represents those people who truly hear and accept God's
Word and produce a huge harvest; 30, 60 or even a 100 times as
much as had been planted. These are the only ones who are born
again! Only these people trust and obey Our
Lord, Jesus. Only these people can call God their "Father."
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him
To receive Christ Jesus as Lord is NOT a passive thing. It is
firm action! It is yielding everything to Him. It is opening the
dorr of your heart to Him . . . ALL the way! You cannot cling to
your sinful pleasures, NONE of them. You must give them up! Being
and willfully living in sin do NOT go together.
It’s one OR the other! Many churches in this
deadly, corrupt hour, make it easy for double-minded people. They
go along with the crowd. Immorality has subtly crept into churches.
Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lying, stealing, cheating,
drunkenness, drugs, blasphemy, etc., etc. ALL are wrong! Yet many
churches tolerate this wickedness and more from the people. God
states that it’s wrong! So, it’s WRONG! It
seems the belief of the “now generation” is: "Just
believe on Jesus and accept Him, and then you can be as you were
before. You can do what you did before." This kind of “Christianity”
is being passed along in far too many circles. This kind of “religion”
is not any better than paganism. A true “Christian”
must insist on “believing” for salvation, and then live
as Jesus wants us to live. We must NOT defile the Lordship of our
Saviour by living an evil lifestryle.
way is wrong!
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that
believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of
the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
It may be a popular belief today to give people something to make
them happy; tell them they can get eternal life and never lose it
just by “accepting Jesus,” and then after that, they
can do as they please. Big conferences build on that, even some
Bible colleges teach this. But it is WRONG!
The Bible says that as many as received Him (took
Him actively and willingly with their whole being), to them He (Jesus)
gave the right (the privilege) to become children of God. We must
“receive” and live for Jesus actively and agreeably
with our heart, mind, body and soul. We must be willing turn completely
away from our sin, be willing to serve Him and continue to follow
Him, no matter what; and we must be willing to
give up everything for Christ’s sake, IF it ever were to come
to that. Then, and only then, can we be God’s children! Only
then are we TRUE believers! Only then are we truly born
One last thought: you CANNOT fool
God! He KNOWS your heart!
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