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 THE NEW BIRTH – III

THE NATURE OF THE NEW BIRTH

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1st Peter 1:23

The word “born-again” obviously refers to a second birth. The first birth was a natural physical birth and it made us a resident of this earth. The new birth is a second birth, a spiritual birth and it makes us a citizen of heaven.  It has been aptly stated that ” those who are born once die twice, but those who are born twice, die once.” The New Birth may vary in its outward physical traits, with some experiences of conversion being unusually dramatic, while other conversions are quiet and  non-dramatic. 

A fundamentalist Evangelist by the name, Phil Ward, who at the time of his conversion was a member of the publicly infamous criminal “Purple gang,” in Detroit Michigan. His conversion and immediate call as an evangelist was surely a spectacular experience. At the same time the conversion of  one who is reared in a strict Christian home, where moral restraints was the order of the day, may be non-spectacular and does not receive any public notation.  However the results were the same: both the lad and the converted criminal experienced a ” Second” birth.

 What is the nature of this New (second) Birth? 

1.The New birth is a sudden birth.  Back in the 19th century, a form of religious liberalism propagated by the congregational apostate by the name Horace Bushell became popular which taught that you can be educated in to the Kingdom of God via in a process of time.  However there is nothing in the Scripture that  connotes or even denotes such  an apostate teaching. The Second birth is instantaneous!! In a moment of time, the repentant sinner puts his faith and trust in the cross work of Christ,  he is translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light!  Once a child of the Devil, and a servant of sin, now, becomes a child of God. Once on the way to Hell and eternal damnation, but now on the way to heaven being adopted into the family of God and  eternal life with God and with all certainty,  that child of God can say; ” … whereas I was blind but now I see.

2.The New Birth Is A Supernatural Birth.  The new birth that has heaven as its origin is a supernatural experience. the new birth cannot be humanly  explained by psychology, sociology, or any scientific methodology. It defies all earthly attempts to explain it,  Although other individuals can witness its outward occurrence, they actually cannot see the internal miracle as it takes place inside the soul. There are numerous name given  that are given for it within the pages of the Scripture.  In John 3:3 it is termed being, “Born again” In Romans 10:13 it is called being “saved“. In Titus 3:3 it is called “regeneration” In Matthew Christ described it as being “converted.” 

3.The New Birth Is a Secure Birth:   There are many verses that delineate the eternal security that repentant sinners possess. The great verse that describes the eternal security resulting from the New Birth is in John 10:28 where Christ says:  “...And I give unto them eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”  The Believer is not “on probation“: God never said, ” I give you five or Ten years of life; see how you are doing, and then add 10 more years…..”  No! no! it is “eternal life!”    1st John 5:11  makes plain the believer’s secure standing in glory:  ” and this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

To be continued……………………………

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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