You Must Be Born Again

When Jesus came on the scene in His earthly ministry, He came announcing the radical breakthrough of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God refers to heaven, to the abode where the reign of God is made manifest. Only those who are truly converted will come into the Kingdom. Everyone else will miss it. Jesus said that in addition to our natural birth, something more must happen before we can see the Kingdom of God, and that is super- natural birth. In the mid-70s, Charles Colson, an advisor to President Nixon who became embroiled in the Watergate scandal, was converted to Christ and wrote a book titled, Born Again, which sold millions of copies. That term, however, is a kind of stuttering, because born-again Christian is really a redundancy. It's like speaking about an unmarried bachelor, or a three-sided triangle. All bachelors are unmarried and all triangles have three sides.

The simple reality is this. Everyone who is truly a Christian is born again. There are no other kinds of Christians. There is no such thing as a non-born-again Christian or an unregenerate Christian. A person cannot be in Christ unless he or she is regenerated. On the same token, if you are regenerated, you are a Christian. A person must be changed by God; the disposition of the heart, which by nature does not want to do God's will, must be altered by God the Holy Spirit. Man's natural tendency is to flee from the presence of God and to have no affection for the biblical Christ.

Have you been born again? Do you recognize a change in your life since that time when Jesus opened your eyes to the truth of God and separated you from the ways of the world? Coming to the cross of Christ is the first step in being born again. His grace will do the rest.

Have you been born again? Do you recognize a change in your life since that time when Jesus opened your eyes to the truth of God and separated you from the ways of the world?

Coming to the cross of Christ is the first step in being born again. His grace will do the rest.