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Why must we be born again? Here is the primary reason Jesus gave Nicodemus: “5Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” The kind of person you are when you are born is the kind of person you remain. That’s what Jesus refers to with the words “that which is born of the flesh is flesh.” This “flesh” is our physical body. Each of us had a physical or “fleshly” birth from our physical mother. From our mother and father we inherited our human nature, and everything that includes. According to Jesus, if we have only been born “of the flesh,” we will live according to the flesh, and we will not inherit the kingdom of God. However, if we have been born “of the Spirit,” we will live according to the Spirit, and we will see and enter God’s kingdom. Paul said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We must personally receive God’s nature through a new, spiritual birth. Here is another reason we must be born again: we need to be saved. Jesus said, “17God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” We humans are in trouble because of our evil practices. Sin brings condemnation, judgment, and death. Being born again allows us to be saved from sin and its consequences. What does it mean to be born again? Nicodemus asked, “4How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Later he asked, “9How can these things be?” These are good questions. Jesus answered by saying, “8The wind blows where it wish- Like the wind, the new birth has effects you can see. Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32 | 13


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