This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #403 titled, “How To Be Born Again” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
Changed from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly! This transformation that takes place in nature is a good illustration of what happens when a person experiences the new birth.
NEW BIRTH IS NEEDED
In God’s eyes, our natural state is unattractive, too, since we are born in sin and formed in iniquity. As we grow, we continue to live after the desires of the flesh and mind. This is opposed to God’s purpose in creating us, and shows our need to be made new creatures in Christ Jesus. Only the new birth can give us new desires and a new life. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by education, religion, or self-effort. Likewise, it is only by the miraculous metamorphosis of new birth that your life and mine can be made beautiful to God.
NEW BIRTH IS FROM GOD
The Bible states in John 1:12-13 the facts of the new birth: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons [children] of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God..” Only those born of a certain man have the right to be recognized as the children of that man. So only those who are born of God have the right to be recognized as the children of God. Thus it is that those who receive Christ as Saviour and Lord become children of God. To receive Christ is to have true repentance to God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW ARE WE BORN AGAIN?
John 3:5 tells how we receive the new birth— by “water and the Spirit.” What the water signifies is plainly told in Ephesians 5:26 which reads: “That he [Jesus] might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” The water is the Word of God—the Gospel of Christ preached to sinners like you and me—which, by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit, produces the new birth.
WHEN ARE WE BORN AGAIN?
John 20:31 gives us the time of the new birth: “and that believing ye might have life through his name.” It is immediately upon believing that we receive life eternal. John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life… “
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
Nothing that we can do will enable us to “see” or “enter the kingdom of God.” For this, the Lord Jesus says in John 3:7, “Ye must be born again.”
Without the new birth, we have no life toward God. By being “born again” through faith in the Lord Jesus, we receive everlasting life. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Without the new birth, we are “condemned already”. By being born again, we are freed from judgment. If you are to be eternally saved, it is absolutely necessary for you, dear friend, to be born again.
The Bible says in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”
Acts 16:31 states, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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