BORN AGAIN OR NEW BIRTH

Banjo Picker

Senior Member
Jesus taught that a man "must be born again" and "except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God . . . Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God . . . Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven . . . Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Jn. 3:1-8; Mt. 18:3; Lk. 13:1-5).

The new birth is a necessity to being saved and to having the right relationship to God so that one can claim the benefits of the Bible. The new birth is not confirmation, church membership, water baptism, taking the sacrament, observing religious duties, an intellectual reception of Christianity, orthodoxy of faith, going to church, saying prayers, reading the Bible, memorizing creeds, being moral, being cultured or refined, doing good deeds or doing your best, being as good as the next fellow, or any of the other things that men are trusting i to save them.

Neither is the new birth brought about by these things. Nicodemus, whom Jesus addressed concerning the new birth, had most of these qualifications, but Jesus said to him "Ye must be born again." The thief on the cross and many others whom Jesus forgave while on earth were saved without these things. They simply did the one necessary thing became "converted" and "born again" by accepting Jesus Christ as a personal Saviour and by repenting and turning to God with the whole heart as a little child, as proved in Mt. 9:1-7; Lk. 7:48-50; 18:9-14; 23:43; Jn. 8:1-10; Acts 3:19; 8:36, 37; 16:31.

Every man who is born again will automatically have the above external evidences of a good life by virtue of the new birth but there are millions, it is sad to say that are trusting these things to save them and they really believe that these things are the evidences of a right relationship with God. Millions will die and be lost without the new birth because they had been misled concerning the experience of being born again. There is no excuse for men being deceived if they will read their own Bibles instead of listening to some religious teachers.
 
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Banjo Picker

Senior Member
It is all-important that we people pay personal attention to our eternal welfare and not trust the best of men. If we permit men to mislead us in eternal matters and are lost, it will be too late then personally to see after our welfare so let us do it now. Don't take the attitude that you cannot be deceived and that your church is the only right one and cannot mislead you. This may be true, but it would be wise for you to make sure of it by going to the Bbile yourself and seeing with your own eyes and knowing from your own heart that you are right with God and that you have had the new real new birth and that you are living right with God every day.
 
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