We ought not crack our heads to understand what “Born Again” is. Let’s see what Jesus has to say about this topic since He was the one who started telling this truth of being born again.
Jesus taught “Born Again” as a time of cataclysmic new beginning in life. It means starting a life all over again, this time as a follower of Jesus Christ and His words. Mind and soul are renewed through the power of His words. Everyone who is born of the Spirit is born again.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you,
unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly,
I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“Do not marvel that I said to you,
‘You must be born again.’
“The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it,
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus emphasizes this different kind of birth, brought about by the Spirit. I believe that the meaning of “born of the Spirit” is being born by His words. The words of Christ are spirit and life. (John 6:63) Nowhere Christ implied that the Father would give birth to everyone who wants to become a child of God through supernatural second birth. There is only one begotten of the Father and that is His eternal Son Jesus Christ.
Pagans believe in the maternal or paternal child-bearing concept of the Higher Being. Can you imagine this? God in heaven giving birth daily out of His or Her holy “womb” to conjure a born again experience for all those who repent of their sins and promise to follow the Lord.
Paul propagated this doctrine of child-bearing deity who does “multiply” children according to its sovereign will. The existence of the sons of god with supernatural power, whose birth comes from the most advanced spiritual DNA needs serious revaluation and study. Paul teaches the doctrine of new creation when all things become new and old things in life had passed away, a total change of life after being born again. I don’t know a born again person who has this kind of realistic and truthful experience. How many born again people in jail that you know of? Be honest, not all things became new by claiming the born again experience.
John wrote something about having the power to become children of God. The power is given to those who would follow Jesus Christ and believe in His name. This is not new birth. We don’t have the power to be born again by any means. We could have the “right” to become part of the family as children by the will of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus considers us as His brothers and sisters if we hear and obey His words. His Father is also our Father because we love Him by abiding in His words. Christ is an example of an obedient Son. He did what His Father asked Him to do.
Jesus said to them,
“If God were your Father, you would love Me,
for I proceeded forth and came from God;
nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
“Why do you not understand My speech?
Because you are not able to listen to My word.
“You are of your father the devil,
and the desires of your father you want to do.
He was a murderer from the beginning,
and does not stand in the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,
for he is a liar and the father of it.
I agree with the Apostle Peter when he wrote about the subject of being “Born Again” because it correlates with our Lord’s teaching. We can never know and experience new birth apart from the Words of Christ. Obeying the truth through the Spirit in love is a new beginning, having a new start, and a new life. It is a spiritual experience generated by the word of the Lord that endures forever. The seed (the Word of the Lord) germinates as we hear and practice it.
1 Pet 1:22-25
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren,
love one another fervently with a pure heart,
having been born again,
not of corruptible seed but incorruptible,
through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
because “All flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and its flower falls away,
But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.