“Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God”. Jn.3:3.
What is regeneration?
It means a rebirth or a re-creation – a new birth, a second birth, a new creation. Regeneration is the recreation by the Holy Spirit of a new life in man called the “new creation” like the first birth it is an event and not a process, though from the first conviction of sin to regeneration may cover many days, weeks, months or even years. The actual birth takes place in a second and the person has second birthday and begins a new life.
NECESSITY OF REGENERATION
Who needs to be born again?
The scripture plainly teach that all need to be born again; for instant, the language of the Saviour is imperative. “Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God”. Jn.3:3 consider also Jn.3:7 “ye must be born again” there are no exception to this rule, neither sex, age, position or condition exempts anyone from the necessity of the new birth. To fail to be born again is to be lost.
THE NATURE OF REGENERATION
It is not Baptism neither is it reformation. Regeneration is a spiritual quickening, a new birth, a new creation. II Cor.5:17, “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” Eph.2:1, and you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”. A spiritual resurrection we were born the first time physically and the second birth is a spiritual birth.
AGENTS USED IN THE NEW BIRTH
(a) The word of God. I Pet.1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
(b). By the spirit of God. Jn.3:5, “Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter……….”
EVIDENCE OF REGENERATION
a. The born again one lives a righteous life. I Jn.2:29
b. He never live a life of sin. I Jn.3:9
c. He fulfils the command of love. Lk.10:27, I Jn.4:7
d. He lives an overcoming life. I Jn.5:4
e. He truly believes that Jesus is Christ. I Jn.5:1
Conclusion: The new birth is a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. John 3:8. “The spirit bloweth where He listeth….” It is our sincere prayer that we manifest the evidence in our daily lives.