Jesus said, “You must…..

This is not a, “I think it would be a good idea”. Or, “this is something you might want to consider”.

Jesus said that in order to “see” (perceive, understand) the Kingdom of God, “you need to be born again” (Jn. 3:3). And more importantly, He also said that one cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless he or she is “born again”.

Jesus said, “You should not be surprised that I have said, “You must be born again” (vs.7).

Somewhere in the 80’s the term, “Born again” was thrown out. Probably because it received such a bad rap by those who were claiming to be born again. Also the media, as usual, capitalized on the term during that time. So the church came up with some other ideas, and since that time, it has gone crazy with one new idea after the other. Not only that, but it has been in the experimental stage ever since.

I believe it’s past time, that we bring it back to the forefront. Why? Because it is the foundational teaching of Christ if one is going to “understand” and “enter” God’s spiritual kingdom. Without this experience, everything else is secondary and on down the line.

I believe every blood washed one needs to have a solid understanding of this doctrine before they proceed on to others. You might say that it’s “elementary”, but if you don’t understand it, and how to share it with the lost, then you could very well be sharing a false gospel. We are living in a day, and have been there for quite some time, where all we say is, “just bow your head and ask Jesus into your heart”. Or, “bow your head and repeat after me”.

How is this being “born of the Spirit?” Or, as Jesus said, “born of water and spirit?” What does this mean? How important is it? Do we care?

I hope to share more on this subject in the coming weeks. Lord willing, I am going to write another gospel tract, and it will be on the necessity of “being born again”.

May God stir our hearts to realize the need of being born again, and what it means, and how to explain it.

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6 Responses to “Jesus said, “You must…..”

  1. brian Says:

    Well said indeed. I recently read 1 Corinthians 2, which describes what you have indicated. When you finalize the tract, post it on-line (pdf) or send out via e-mail.
    Rejoice!

  2. Richard Says:

    Brian,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, Corinthians hits it as far as the “cannot see (perceive, understand) the kingdom” part. But the real heart of those verses in John 3, is verse 5. Being born of “water and spirit” is being “born again”. It’s deeper than just being “water and spirit” baptised. I am diving into it and finding some nuggets.
    I will post the tract when I’m finished. I am hoping that it won’t be one of those 6-8 month tracts.

  3. Richard Says:

    Brian,
    That’s a good way to put it..lol
    The tracts that I have made in recent years, are on card stock and they are a two sided postcard. This is about the maximum one will read, I have found. It is a easy lay-out also.
    I always have to try and place myself in the readers shoes. This helps me not to get “churchie”, or “stuffy” etc.

  4. Loretta Says:

    hi Richard. Another word for this that i use, (for my own understanding) is, “regeneration”. And I believe it is God, the Holy Spirit that makes this happen in a person. He wants us to preach (tell) the gospel, (which is the power of God for salvation!) as the means through which He will bring this being born (regenerated) from above. His power comes through the preaching (or reading) of the gospel (not gimmicks).

  5. Richard Says:

    Loretta,
    Yes, you will see “Regeneration” in the next two posts.
    Yes, the gospel goes out, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, then the sinner repents and the regeneration process starts.

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