July 13, 2023

John 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Being “Born Again” is more than an intellectual exercise of mentally accepting the fact that Jesus has come in the flesh and died on the cross, buried, and rose from the grave. Satan has done all that. He will spend eternity separated from God in Hell.

Ezekiel 36:25–28 helps us understand what being born again means. “25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” For the one God saves he renews and cleanses.

In Titus 3:5, Paul tells us we are not saved by our works. We are saved by God’s mercy through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

How can we, who have been cleansed by the blood of Christ, made new through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit continue to live for the world? Paul writes in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

God gave us His all. We are to give God our all. We know in ourselves we do not have the power to give God our all. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. We must be in the Word of God.

Psalm 119:9–11 “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 WITH MY WHOLE HEART I HAVE SOUGHT YOU; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 YOUR WORD I HAVE HIDDEN IN MY HEART, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU.”