Commonly known today as being “born again” this truth remains to be God’s only way for anyone who wants to inherit the kingdom of God. But how can anyone are born again?
INTRODUCTION OF THE LESSON
Regeneration was the subject of the secret meeting Jesus Christ and a Pharisee named Nicodemus one particular night.
Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Jewish ruling council, said Jesus, “Rabbi, we know you are teacher who has come from God
For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” The Lord answered, “I tell the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again,” (John 3:2-3). Nicodemus couldn’t believe what he heard. How can a man be born when he is old enough?” he asked Jesus. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” (John 3:4-5).
Like Nicodemus, there are many people today who can’t fully understand what being “born again” really means. Many think it is a religious movement of some sort. Others consider it a fad or a special experience of some super holy, elite Christians. These wrong notions about being born-again have prevented man from receiving the greatest gift God could offer him- the salvation of his soul. But when finally we study in-depth this lesson, you will agree with me that to be “born again” is not what other people are saying about it. As we begin studying this lesson, it is my fervent desire that you and I may be able to fully comprehend this great and amazing work of God in our lives.
DEFINITION OF THE WORD
The word derived its meaning from the Greek word, “palingenesia” which means. “New birth” (plain, “again” ; genesis, “birth”. The word implying spiritual regeneration as in Titus 3:5 can also mean “re-birth”, re-creation, second birth or new creation.”
THE NEED FOR REGENERATION
Man’s need for regeneration or a new birth is primarily based upon the words of Jesus Christ in John 3:3 and in the truth that no flesh (literally sinners) can inherit the kingdom of God. In the above-method passage, notice that God didn’t make any exemption whatsoever for anyone who wants to enter His kingdom in heaven. Rather, it is His prerequisite that everyone—male or female, rich, or poor, must first be born again through the water and spirit, before they could be able to enter the kingdom of God in the heavens.
The need for regeneration also stems from the fact that no matter how morally upright a person is, if he is not born again by Spirit, he remains a sinner, and a sinner just can’t inherit God’s paradise. This is what the following scriptures passages would like us to understand—that a sinner is not for the kingdom of God (I Cor. 2:14, Rom. 8:7, Eph. 2:3 & Mk. 7:21).
THE MEANS OF REGENERATION
First of all, regeneration or the new birth is basically through the creative act of God. According to John 1: 13, we are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. “This verse clearly sets the record straight that it is thru God—not just of man—regeneration takes place. However, man has still a role to play in order for regeneration to be fully consummated by God. The role of man is to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ and be baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. Without accepting Jesus Christ and being baptized into his body, regeneration would be impossible to be completed by God. Man has to respond to act of God
“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”