John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
1. WHAT IS THE NEW BIRTH? John 10:10 “… I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly.” -A spiritual regeneration that guarantees that man will be admitted in God’s kingdom.
2. WHAT DOES THE NEW BIRTH CONSIST OF? Jesus told Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3)
A. THE ROLE OF THE WORD IN THE NEW BIRTH “ In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.” James 1:18
“ It is the Spirit who gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” John 6:63 “ To make her holy and clean, washed by baptism & God's word.” Eph. 5:26 “ You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:3
B. THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW BIRTH “ But to all who believed him & accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan-this rebirth comes from God.” John 1:12-13
“ He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment of everything he will give us.” 2 Cor. 1:22 “ And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.” Eph. 1:13
3. OLD MAN AND NEW NATURE A. OLD MAN “ You are sick from head to foot-covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds-without any ointments or bandages.” Isaiah 1:6
“ When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own…
… little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” Galatians 5:19-21
B. NEW NATURE “ Therefore if any man is in Christ he is a new creation, the old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Christian life is the best life on earth to live! Because of it you experience true happiness if you do just one thing: Don’t step onto the enemy’s grounds. Yes, God gives us everything that we need but He demands that we surrender everything that we are to Him.
Everyone must experience the New Birth and stop being lead by the desires of the flesh (THE OLD MAN) and start living according to the leading of the Holy Spirit through faith in God.