What does it mean when the Bible speaks of being ‘Born again’! (John 3:5)
The presenter in this video looks in detail at the mechanism for this act and what it must mean to a believer if he is truly to become a son or daughter of God and be granted eternal life in God’s kingdom on earth when Messiah comes to Rule the whole creation from Jerusalem.

BEING BORN AGAIN

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh”

Of course it is.

Even if the Lord Jesus had not said so (John 3:6), we should still have known. We say, ‘like father, like son’ to express the same idea. We are born in the same way as our parents were; we took our early food in the same way; we grew in the same way; we have the same kind of sicknesses. We have the same ambitions and hopes, the same joys and pains, the same temptations and sins. Sooner or later, we expect to die the same death. By and large, leaving out small differences of size, and weight, and feature, we look much the same as each other too. No one is likely, in the ordinary way, to confuse a man or woman with any other kind of animal.

And so, when the Lord Jesus says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh,” He means that human beings (“flesh”) are the same from generation to generation, and they can be nothing better, if nothing better happens to them. And it does not seem that He is very pleased with flesh, or with the children of flesh, for He says, “Ye must be born again!”

“That which is born of the spirit is spirit”

Jesus said this, too, but it is not as obvious to us. No doubt, if we knew what “spirit” was, we should agree. But what is spirit? Perhaps we think we know, ahead, but it might be better if we agreed to wait and see. We shall learn more by letting the Scriptures tell us, than we shall if we start off with our own notions and cling to them at all costs.

Now there is a body of beings called spirits in the Bible. In the Psalms we read, “He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire” (Psalm 104:4Hebrews 1:7, 14). All that we read about the angels shows us that they are greater by far in power and might than men; and that they fear no death (Hebrews 1:9). Could it be that, the Lord was saying, “that which is born of angels is an angel?”

We know that it could not. There will come a time when all who survive will be like angels, “to die no more (Luke 20:35-36). These people are called the “sons of God, the children of the resurrection”: but they are not angels’ children, and angels are not their parents. For angels do not marry and therefore angels have no offspring. Men and women have children so that the race shall not be blotted out by death. Death makes sure that the world will mot be utterly overwhelmed by unchecked birth. But the angels are immortal and cannot be thinned out by dying; and so they do not marry, nor multiply their numbers by bearing and begetting. It will be like that with ourselves, at sometime in the future, if God is pleased with us. In those days there will be for all such people neither birth nor death, “They that are accounted worthy to obtain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they are like unto the angels, to die no more.”

We hope, then, that one day we shall have something in common with the angels, but this is not the way to be born again, since Spirit does not mean angels here. No doubt we should all see at once, if we read the third chapter of John, the kind of thing that it does mean. It has to do with the power of God, the mysterious movements of God — “where it listeth”- and. the will of God, To be born of the Spirit is to be born of God, And that, says the Lord, is the only way to enter into the Kingdom of God, Flesh and blood (which is the way we were born the first time) cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:20), And so in some way, and at some time, a change must be started and completed which converts that which is born of the flesh, into the fullness of that which is born of the Spirit. We must be born again. Without that there is no hope.

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