DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN? This might be shocking but you need to know the truth: mainstream Christianity’s teaching about born again is wrong.
In Christian term, Born Again is commonly defined as a person who is converted to a personal faith in Christ. It is a term commonly used to describe a person who made an 180-degree turn from sin and made a life committed to God. However, a deeper look in the Biblical passage will tell us something that this world’s Christianity had missed.
In this post, let us briefly take a look at what it really means to be born again. Let us see if the understanding of popular Christianity really is in agreement with the teachings of the Bible.
Truth no. 1: Born again means becoming a spirit being
Contrary to what most Christians think, being born again means becoming a spirit being. It is not something that we attain when we accept Jesus Christ in our lives.
When Jesus Christ said that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), Nicodemus did not quite get what Jesus exactly means.
Puzzled, Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born” (verse 4). This is the understanding of Nicodemus to Jesus Christ’s statement. Nicodemus did not understand it at that time and surely, Christians today are no different.
So Jesus Christ explained what it means to be born again. We must take a close look at Verse 5-8 as these verses explained its real meaning.
The problem with Christianity today is that they just read John 3:3 and STOP there without really reading the whole context of the chapter.
So let’s notice John 3:5-8;
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Did you grasp what you just read?
Let me break it down for you. For one to be born again, they must be born of the water and the Spirit. If you are born of the flesh, then you are flesh. If you are born of the Spirit, then you are a spirit.
Jesus Christ makes it even clearer in verse 8. A man who is born again is like the WIND!
What is the wind like? The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but we cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
NOTICE what Jesus Christ added: SO IS EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT!
Question: are you like the wind that blows where it wishes? Are you like the wind that cannot be seen? Are you INVISIBLE? Are you like the wind that cannot be caught by our bare hands?
IF your answer to these questions is no, then it is very obvious that YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN YET!
Truth no. 2: As long as you are flesh, you cannot be born again
Here’s another startling and surprising truth. Jesus Christ, Himself, said that one who is born of the flesh is flesh. One who is born of spirit is a spirit. Nothing can be PLAINER than that!
Human beings are composed of flesh. We are composed of material substance. We are all matter. As God said to Adam, we are all dust and unto dust, we shall return (Genesis 3:9).
The point of Jesus Christ is that the Kingdom of God is composed of SPIRIT BEINGS. This is the main reason that He said that we must be born again – from flesh to spirit – to become part of the Kingdom of God.
No man have seen God’s glory and lived. It is only possible for us to dwell in the Kingdom of God if we are spirits who could withstand the full strength of the glory of God.
Truth no. 3: We can NEVER be born again during this lifetime
Here’s another plain truth that we need to understand: God has His own timetable for us to be born again and certainly it is not during this lifetime.
If not now, when? First let us all remember that “flesh and blood CANNOT inherit the Kingdom of God” (I Corinthians 15:50).
We are all made of flesh and blood.
Therefore, it is very clear that we are not yet born again and we cannot be part of the Kingdom of God yet.
So when can we born again? The Apostle Paul made it very clear:
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMPET. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (I Corinthians 15:50-53).
WE WILL BE BORN AGAIN IN THE BLOWING OF THE LAST TRUMPET! That is exactly when Jesus Christ will return on this earth. In this point in time, the earliest possible time for us to be born again is in the second coming of our Savior.
Truth no. 4: Being born again means immortality
Flesh is flesh. Our body is subject to death and decay. Certainly, this is not something that describes someone who has been born again!
Being born again means we will all be changed! In the twinkling of an eye, our corruptible body will become incorruptible. Our mortal bodies will now become immortal!
Read again I Corinthians 15:50-53.
That’s the AWESOME TRUTH that the Bible is telling us! Can you believe that? Believe it!
Truth no. 5: The misconception about born again deceives us
Now that you know the truth about being born again, does it really matter? OF COURSE, IT MATTERS. Because of the false teaching surrounding being born again, many are led away from the incredible truth embedded in the Bible. Knowing the truth about born again opens a floodgate of UNDERSTANDING.
The truth about the concept of born again gives us HOPE that though we may die now, we will all be resurrected to an incorruptible body that will never see death again!
No more pain.
No more suffering.
No more body aches.
No more battling with diseases.
Most importantly, no more death!
Without the misconception about born again, we can now fully grasp what it means when Paul said these words:
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The incredible, indescribable and mind-blowing potential of man is very far than what we could ever think of. Being born again to the Kingdom of God is something that our human mind cannot fully grasp. As this might be the case, we can be sure that born again is not what Christianity popularly believes.
Like Nicodemus who did not understand Christ, the majority of Christianity today also don’t know what it means.
Born again does not happen when we accept Jesus Christ and confess our sin.
It is not something that happens when we become converted.
The plain truth is that born again is the process of becoming spirit from being flesh. Born again is the process when we will finally put on immortality and be part of God’s Kingdom. May God speed that day!