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You Must Be Born Again John 3:1–21 Mike Fisher In a conversation with a man named Nicodemus, Jesus made this absolute statement: “You must be born again.” Jesus made it clear that one must be born again in order to see and enter the kingdom of God. This new birth is like the “username and password” into His kingdom; without it, you cannot access the good news of Jesus. Is it necessary to be born again? Must is not a comfortable word. It is not flexible; it is not a suggestion. Our world has different kinds of laws. Some are arbitrary, such as the speed limit. Such laws can be changed at any time. But there are other laws that cannot be changed, because they are not made-up rules; rather, they reflect reality. The laws of nature are in this category. The law of gravity, for instance, is not an arbitrary rule anyone can ignore or change; it is a reality of the natural world that we all must respect if we want to stay alive. The law of Christ is that one must be born again to enter His kingdom. This rule is like the laws of nature; it reflects reality. You cannot see the kingdom of God unless you are born again. The phrase “to be born again” describes the transformation that happens through repentance, belief in Jesus, the filling of the Holy Spirit, and baptism. It is such a powerful metaphor that it is one of the most common expressions used to describe becoming a Christian. Jesus said, “3Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus did not understand him, and Jesus said again, “5Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Again in verse 7 He said, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” Three times Jesus said this as emphatically as He could. For those who want to enter the kingdom of God, there is no alternative to being “born again.” 12 | Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32


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