What Does it Mean to Be Born Again?

Complete Transformation

Nicodemus was confused when Jesus told him that in order to enter God's Kingdom, he had to be born again. What was Jesus saying and how does it apply to us today? Peter Cha, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, explains how God completely transforms us when we put our faith in Him, which is our new birth. 

John 3:1-8 (ESV)

You Must Be Born Again

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.2This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4Nicodemus 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?”5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Nicodemus approached Jesus to ask how he could enter the kingdom of God. Jesus’ response wasn’t the clear-cut answer Nicodemus wanted. Jesus said only those who are born again will enter His kingdom.  

What did Peter say is the difference between being healed and being born again? Why is it significant that Jesus didn’t say we needed to be healed, but rather born again to enter the kingdom of God?
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What is our first step in order for God to transform us? Who do we need to put our faith in? How is being born from above a work of the Holy Spirit?
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How could you explain being born again to a friend in the next few days? What points would you be sure to include? How could you word your response so your friend could easily understand your point?
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When you put your faith in Jesus, He gives you the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit transforms, teaches, and guides you as you follow Jesus’ lead in your life. This week, remember that you are born again through God’s power and grace. Praise Him for your new life in Jesus and share that good news with your friends and family.  

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