Being Born Again
Being born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever
(1 Peter 1:23).
When you understand what it is to be born
again, it’ll put springs in your steps. To be
born again is to have the very nature of God in your spirit; it is to have the active life of Christ in every fibre of your being—in your spirit, soul and body.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Recall the words of the Lord Jesus in John 3:3, “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Then in verses 6 and 7, He said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Until, and unless a man is born again, what he has is the depraved, fallen human life which is susceptible to sin, defeat, sickness, disease and death. But at the New Birth, the human life is supplanted by God’s divine nature. What great honour to become partakers of His life, carriers of His glory, dispensers of His grace and the expression of His righteousness! We have become sons of God (1 John 3:2), now that we’re born again.
We’ve become God’s begotten children just like Jesus. James 1:18 says, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” Jesus is the head of this new species, being the head of the body, the Church.
He’s the first to be born again, among a special race of super-beings. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” This is who you are now that you’re born again. Hallelujah!
I’m God’s dwelling place; He moves in and through me; He talks and blesses through me. I’m a conveyor of eternal verities and a partaker of the divine nature. I have the ability to effect changes in my world, because I’m born again and the greater One lives in me. Glory to God!
1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:11-13
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 23 & Exodus 24-25
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 14:19-28 & Job 36-37