Born Again

<<starting life anew in Christ>>

Also termed salvation, conversion, becoming a Christian, believing in Christ, giving one’s life to God, asking Jesus into the heart, being saved and regeneration.

This is a spiritual work undertaken by the Holy Spirit when a person admits they are a sinner, repents, accepts Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf, receives Him as Saviour and walks in His ways (Jn 1:12, 3:16; Rom 10:9; 1 Jn 1:9).  Many people claim to be Christian, yet their lifestyle does not seem to be getting any closer to that which Jesus said should characterize His followers – thus, it is not a true salvation experience. While God alone knows those who are saved we can observe the fruit of their lives (Mt 7:16,20; 2 Tim 2:19).

It has become common to speak of a ‘born-again Christian’ inferring a real life change has taken place – a meaningful and earnest decision, not a frivolous casual whim. The

  Have I been genuinely born again?

concept comes from the conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, describing what symbolically has to happen for a person to enter into heaven (Jn 3:1-21,30). When Jesus said, “You must be born again” He was not referring to a physical rebirth, but to the spiritual dimension – our spiritual life, ‘coming alive’, for without Christ we are spiritually dead (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:1-5; Col 2:13). In Christ, we are a ‘new creation’, born again to a living hope (2 Cor 5:17; 1 Pet 1:3). It is by God’s grace alone, through faith, and not the result of any works we are saved (Eph 2:8,9).

See also: book of life, cheap gospel, Christian, conversion/convert, reincarnation, repentance, salvation

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