Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of GOD.” John 3:3
Is it really necessary for us to experience this Spiritual birth? Why aren’t we just born into it? You see, when Adam choose sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17), it changed everything for us. God initially created man for fellowship with HIM, in fact HE gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the garden and they had no need, suffered no pain, experienced no death. They CHOOSE to reverse this when they sinned. Because of that we are all born into the same SIN(Eccl 3:2, Eccl 5:16. Eccl 9:5, Romans 5:12-16). Sin that caused both physical and spiritual death (Genesis 3:6-7, Genesis 3:19). Adam’s spiritual death brought separation from God (Genesis 3:21-24).
What does that have to do with me? If Adam sinned why am I paying the consequence? When Adam chose to sin, he was cast out from the presence of God into the world and so it is a curse that is upon each of us because we are born into this world. Jesus CHRIST then experienced DEATH so that we could have forgiveness for this very sin and be restored unto GOD (1John 1:7). To be restored is to be put back in the place where you ORIGINALLY were. Jesus died for us so that we can have the same blessing and promise of eternal life that Adam and Even originally had. Now, how is that possible?? When we receive salvation… do we get transported back to the Garden of Eden?
Not quite… but we do have a promise that when we end our temporary lives here on earth…. we will have ETERNAL LIFE… in ETERNITY. Let’s put this in perspective…. if you compare the 70 – 120 years that you could potentially live on this earth… with ETERNITY…. how long is that…? Try a mere breath.. if even that! You see, our lives on this earth are so temporary… even though we make so much of it. We are actually living this life in preparation for eternity! Worth it??? YEAH!! Eternity compared to a breath? Think about it!
God’s love and mercy causes us to be born again (1 Peter 1:3). How is this possible? It is a spiritual birth that we must experience (John 3:3-7). We must be born of water-cleansing through repentance (John 3:5, Matthew 3:11, 1 Peter 3:21). We are also born of the Spirit (John 3:6, Romans 8:2-4, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 John 2:29). We are born again through having faith in JESUS (John 3:16). Our spiritual birth we talked about above.. is when we believe in Jesus. You see, this is a LIFE CHANGING event! It is more than just a decision you make in a crowded room or at a big rally or with a friend… when you choose to believe that Jesus Christ is your Savior and that HIS death on the cross and resurrection took away death from you and washed away your sins… your life WILL change (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)! We undergo spiritual birth by believing in Jesus (1 John 5:1-5, Romans 10:9-10)… this salvation can ONLY be found in JESUS (John 14:6).
Now, when you are born again the righteousness of God is imparted to you (Romans 6). What does that mean? When you are born again, you are made right again in the eyes of God.. you are restored to what he originally had intended for Adam and Eve… you are given a chance to live out the life that HE originally made you for! Walk out in the newness of life (Romans 6:4, James 1:22-25, Philippians 2:12-15). This walk will not be easy as you walk in a fallen world… but when you walk close to your FATHER, filled with His Holy Spirit, and keep HIS WORD (the Bible) in your heart every day… it will be possible.
God bless you! We pray that this study has been a blessing to you… watch for the next study in this series of “BUILDING A FOUNDATION” called The Assurance of Salvation