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What Does It Mean to be Born Again?
Jesus answered him,
Jesus makes it clear that He's not talking about any kind of physical experience. Being born again is something which the Holy Spirit must do in the life of an individual. As Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
When we're born into this world, we are physically alive but spiritually dead. Paul describes this state of spiritual death in Ephesians 2:1-3. We may be breathing air, thinking rationally, making choices, experiencing emotions and even striving to be a "good person," but we are all born dead toward God. Because of the sinful choice of Adam and the natural consequence which has been passed down to all of his descendants in the human race, we are born cut off from the life of God, physically alive but spiritually dead.
The only way for us to be spiritually alive is to be "born of the Spirit." In other words, the Holy Spirit has to give us life. Unless we have this life, we "cannot see the kingdom of God." We cannot see spiritual realities without spiritual eyes. We cannot perceive and enter into God's kingdom without God's Spirit first giving us life.
Because Jesus later goes on to say, "
Pilate nailed Jesus to a cross 2,000 years ago,
washing his hands of the man from Nazareth,
but Jesus us worshiped and served today by more people
than any other king in the history of the world,
and His kingdom shall know no end.
O Lord, let us worship and serve King Jesus.
May we bow before Him now and always,
bending the knee and praising His name,
giving Him the honor He is due as our crucified and risen Lord and Savior.
O Lord, let the nations know their folly,
and bring so many more to pay honor and homage
to King Jesus as Your children and servants forever!