"And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." Revelation 21:21
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HOW AND WHY WE ARE BORN AGAIN WHEN WE BELIEVE:
Being born again is one of the "new and better promises" of the new covenant, or new agreement between God and man that Jesus brought. Being born again is not part of the bible definition of "the Gospel by which we are saved", but just as repentance is the quality indicator of true belief, and is always present in a true believer when they believe in Christ for salvation, so also everyone who believes the gospel will be born again, as it is one of the new and better promises in the prophecy of the new covenant. Let us look at some scriptures together.
"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
John 3:1-8 .
The bible is a deep book. It will last forever, and believers will delve into it's treasures forever. There are therefore some deep aspects to the Word of God, as well as divine simplicity.
Firstly Jesus makes it plain we have to be born again to enter God's kingdom. The door to being born again is to believe the "everlasting Gospel" (as it is called in Hebrews, or the "gospel by which we are saved."
He then goes on to explain that this new birth, this second birth, is a spiritual rebirth. You are regenerated to become a spiritual being, a child of God, crying "Abba! Father!" to God, having been adopted as one of his children. He says quote "that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." He then compares this invisible spiritual birth to the Wind, which is invisible to us, like the spiritual birth we undergo.
Next is the deep part that many people get wrong, for various reasons, sometimes because they are not yet skilled in the word of God, or "babes in Christ". Verse 5 can be misunderstood by unspiritual men, indeed not understanding this single verse, and interpreting it carnally, physically, has led to one of the biggest divisions ever among Christians, and would be Christians. Jesus said
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. " John 3:5.
Please pay very close attention here. Be prayerful. Consider things. It is important. Some people very wrongly believe the water here mentioned by Jesus is baptism, by full immersion in water. If this was true, no one could be born again without another person baptizing you, usually a man. No one but Jesus saves you. There is no other man involved in the salvation of your soul. What was the use of you accepting Christ alone as your Saviour, be believing the Good News, if you now decide you are saved through a man as well, indeed saved by your own obedience! Suddenly you are saved by 3 people, Jesus, a baptizer, and your own obedience! That is a false gospel!
The Greek of this verse can be interpreted as "Except a man be born of water even the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." If you read the next chapter, Jesus speaks about this water of the Holy Spirit:
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." John 4:10.
Notice Jesus emphasizes here that salvation is entirely a gift. There is no other man involved. To be born again you must be born of living water, even the Holy Spirit. Another interpretation is "the water of the word of God" but what you must never believe is that you cannot enter pr see the kingdom of God without water baptism. Baptism is a command, sure, so is loving your enemies, but it is not part of our salvation.
The heretical (seriously false) doctrine that baptism saves us, is called "the sacerdotalism heresy" or the "salvation by priestcraft heresy". It is believed by such religions as Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some small Protestant sects, where the pastor wants to waltz around the church pretending he helped to save your soul.
The Catholics and Eastern Orthodox later added a whole bunch of other priestcraft rituals that they claim your soul; cannot be saved without, like infant exorcism, the mass or liturgy, infant sprinkling, and chrismation. The Eastern Orthodox even claim they have an oil that only they possess, with literally dozens of ingredients in it, called "holy Chrism" that is used in a ritual to help save your soul, without which you cannot be born again. And all these silly man made rites and ritual were added to salvation because they could not see the obvious fact that we are born of "living water" not physical baptism.
Quote: "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:13-14 . Here Jesus makes it very plain he is not talking about physical water and physical baptism, it is a spiritual rebirth that is art of the new and better promises of the new covenant.
"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word" Ephesians 5:26.
"A New Covenant
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Jeremiah 31: 31-34 .
"For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring you back into your own land.
I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and to carefully observe My ordinances." Ezekiel 35:24-27 .
The bottom line of all of this is very serious. Either you believe the "Jesus Saves Gospel" or you add works and priestcraft to it, when the bible clearly says:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.
"And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." Romans 11:6.
In other words salvation by Jesus and salvation by works are contrary one to another. Every tree is known by his fruit, not saved by his fruit.