What is a born again Christian?

John 3:16

What is a born again Christian?

It is important tp realize that being “born again” has its parallel of people being born into the natural world. When a physical baby is born, it is not the end, it is the beginning. The baby is fed and clothed. The baby grows.  The baby learns.

It is similar when a person is “born again” into God’s kingdom. It is not a one-time event and that is all. Then there is a lifetime of growing closer to God.  The born-again Christian learns to relate to God and the Kingdom of Heaven.

How to Get God in Your Life

Another way to ask the same question is “how do you have a relationship with God”?

A man name Nicodemus asked that of Jesus and here is Jesus’s answer.

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”

10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things? 11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness. 12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”

 

How do we know that Jesus knew what He was talking about?  There were many prophecies about Jesus.  There were prophecies of where He would be born, what He would do, how He would die, and how He would redeem mankind back to God.  Jesus is God’s only begotten son.

Here are two sites that have more information about this.

Here are prophecies about Jesus. 

Here is a site about the Shroud, which was the gravecloth Jesus was buried in.  When Jesus resurrected, the light at the moment of resurrection made a negative imprint on the Shround which a photographer took a picture of and turned into a picture of Jesus as he looked in the grave before the resurrection.  The Bible talks about how the tomb was empty.  The scripture verses and other information are at this site.

 

The Apostle Paul also talked about this.

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith says this, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down); 7 or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)” 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we preach: 9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him. 13 For, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

When a person experiences the new birth of being born again, this Bible verse now applies.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

 

Now, as mentioned at the beginning, there is a lot of growing to do.   Learning to think correctly is very important.   There is definitely right and wrong thinking.  Your thoughts determine your words and actions.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

 

How you think, learning to think in line with the Bible is extremely important.

If you have been born again, you need to find a Bible-based church (not all churches teach the Bible) and grow.

If you haven’t found one locally, or until you find one locally, here is a church that is held online. They also have a Facebook and YouTube page.

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