“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God’ ” (John 3:3).
When someone asks us when we were saved, they sometimes use the phrase, “born again.” They get that phrase from this verse. But it’s certainly not an empty adage, but rather a rich truth that contains life-transforming power.
When we come to Jesus, He changes our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. We become different than before:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:15).
When the Holy Spirit takes up residency in our hearts, He blesses us with His presence, leads us into all truth, and assures us of God’s love. When all seems dim and lonely in life, He comes alongside us to cheer us and remind us that we are His children. If we received Him, then we are His children (John 1:12). As children, we receive the benefits of royalty because we are children of the King. He may not bestow worldly wealth upon us, but He gives us much better blessings, such as comfort, wisdom, and purpose.
Jesus taught Nicodemus that our natural birth was not sufficient and that we needed a second birth; a birth from above. When we receive Christ, God gives us a new life and a new direction. Addionally, we now belong to another, because He purchased us with His own blood:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
As faithful children, we want to do what He wants and walk obediently to His commands. These commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). These commands are also a blessing because they lead us in the way we should go.
Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics and remember what God did for us when we came to Him. We belong to Him and are not our own. We should, therefore, walk with God each day, abounding in thanksgiving and joyful obedience.
Posted on Wed, October 19, 2016
by Sam Petitfils