How to be Born Again
Outline: Story of Nicodemus. Plan of salvation.
|Theme:||Second Birth; Forgiveness; Saviour of Sinful Men|
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I'm sure you have wished at times that you could be "born again" like many people want to. You want to start your life all over again in order that you may do what is good and what pleases God. Did you know that is possible? Yes it's possible to start all over again.
How is this possible? Well, you must be "born again." You must be reborn, not physically, but spiritually. Let me tell you a true story.
One day a man named Nicodemus came to see Jesus. As they talked, Jesus said to him, "Nicodemus, you must be born again." Nicodemus was shocked! So Jesus said to him, "Don't be shocked. If you aren't born again, you'll never enter the Kingdom of God."
Nicodemus was shocked even more, because he was a leader/teacher of his religion; he was supposed to know everything. Why did Jesus tell him that in order to be able to enter Heaven, he must be born again? He was very religious and he did all that was required. Wasn't that enough? But if it was enough, Jesus wouldn't have told him that he must be born again. He didn't realize that even though he was sincere, and tried very hard to obey his religion, it would not get him into heaven. Perhaps Nicodemus was saying to himself, like you are now, that all his ancestors followed this religion for so long - did they believe something that was wrong?
Another thing that Nicodemus didn't realize is that men are dead spiritually because of sin. So if he doesn't get born again, even though he may follow a religion sincerely, he cannot enter Heaven. God cannot accept him because of sin. He is separated from God. His spirit is dead.
Well now, you may ask me, "How can I be born again spiritually?" It's not difficult. Here's what you must do.
1. You must believe that only Jesus can forgive all your sins, as the Bible tells us. Jesus gave His life to pay for your sins. He was without sin; therefore, He could pay the price. No one else could do it.
2. You must tell Jesus that you are sorry for all that you've done wrong. Then ask Him to forgive you, and thank Him that He died for you.
3. Ask Him to come into your life and make you a new person. Then you will be born again. Promise Him that from now on you will live for Him and obey Him.
Did you pray this prayer? Good. If you prayed from your heart, God has answered and made you a new person. That is called being born again. Now that you've done this, you need to feed, in order to grow, jJust like a baby who is born. Jesus said that we need to take spiritual food every day. That food is the Bible itself. So get yourself a Bible if you don't have one, and start reading, or go to someone who can teach you. The Bible will give you the spiritual food you need, and guide you in all that you need to do, to please God.