What Does Born Again Mean ?
What does being "born again" mean?
Back to the Sixties....
The term “born again Christian” seems to have first appeared in the USA around the early 1960's
It was initially associated with the Jesus movement and seemed to refer to a special conversion experience
However since the mid 70s it seems to be a term used as a label by the media and those
Church to categorise “over the top or other than normal Christians”
"does this mean
that there are 2 categories of Christians, born again ones and others who aren't?"
Well, If we are to regard the teaching of Jesus on this matter then the answer must be no
In the gospel of John, chapter 3, He makes it very clear
He tells us that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again
A better translation of "born again" is the term "born from above"
Being born again is not an option but an essential part of being a Christian
Physical birth is a single action which gives us life in this world, and no one
misunderstands that! In the same way our entrance into God’s kingdom is by our spiritual birth
To be born from above means the transformation of a person so that he or she is able
to enter and belong to God's heavenly kingdom
It requires an inner change which is a supernatural occurrence
This is not something which can be accomplished by human effort but is given only
by the direct act of God
It is not a process but is instantaneously completed on acceptance of Jesus Christ
Our sinful nature cannot be altered and made right by social reforms or education
It must be transformed by a supernatural work of the Triune God
what it means
To be born again means receiving salvation through Jesus Christ
It requires a recognition of one’s own sinfulness and a determination to turn away
from the old life and make an active commitment to God
This is just the beginning of a process of growth and spiritual maturity which
continues throughout life
The most important point is that there is genuine repentance and faith
New birth is not a matter of feelings but rather
a new sensitivity to spiritual things,
a new direction in life,
and an increasing ability to obey God
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