The phrase “born again” (anagennaó) means “born from above.” Jesus mentioned it three times in the Book of John. Today, it is overused as a label to say “true Christian.”
Bible verses that mentioned the word “Born-Again”
- John 3:3 – “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
- John 3:5 – “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
- John 3:7 – “Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.”
- 1 Peter 1:23 – “Since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.”
Born of “Water” & “Spirit” is being “Born again”
Christ’s point was that without the cleansing of the soul by the Holy Spirit (Born of water; Titus 3:5) and the Word of God (Born of Spirit; Eph. 5:26), no one can enter God’s kingdom. This cleansing is wholly a work of God and human effort. (John Macarthur)
“Born of water & Spirit” is parallel to “born again” (John 3:5). In other words, “born of water and the Spirit” cannot refer to two births. Rather, it refers to one birth. (Don Carson)
A real “Born Again” dies to himself daily
It is also known as ‘regeneration,’ RADICAL change in a person’s life. It is “Dying to self” and allowing Jesus to breathe “new life” into one’s darkened soul and spirit. It is a growth process as we live a life of daily faith and repentance.
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.“
A real “Born Again” Bears Fruits
Today, “Christian + Born-Again + Believer” is a catchphrase for salvation. A better phrase is “follower of Jesus,” but many follow Him for what they can get, hence, fake Christianity. A real follower of Jesus “Bears Fruit.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
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