What is the new birth ?
John 3.3 : Jesus answered him : "Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God."
It is a complete metamorphosis of our earthly and spiritual life. We must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is given as a sacrifice for our sins and that He rose again on the third day, to give us Life. Only repentance and your faith can lead you there. That's why this difficult passage is compared to a childbirth. This new life is a grace of God. The new birth is not a ritual or a religious process. It is the fruit and the result of your repentance to the Lord Jesus who comes from an attraction to God by the Holy Spirit. It is the entrance into a new eternal life in the presence of God.
Psalm 68.5 : "The father of the fatherless, the defender of the widows, is God in his holy dwelling: God gives a family to those who are abandoned, he delivers the captives and makes them happy."
To be born of the Spirit is a birth from above. It is the activity of the Holy Spirit applying the Word of God to the conscience and the heart, in order to produce the new birth. Early times are often critical and subject to many questions. It takes time and attention, so you have to :
- Read the Bible and obey the Divine Commandments.
- Confide in the Lord in regular prayer.
- Lead a holy life through repentance.
2 Corinthians 5.17 : "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are gone, all things have become new."
The Holy Spirit will be a flawless trainer, he will edify you in a life of sanctification. Christ died to save us from our sins. His forgiveness is meant to make us flee sin.
Hebrews 13.5 : "I will not forsake you, and I will not forsake you."
The Holy Spirit will train you step by step. He knows you better than you. It will never go beyond your natural limits. Perseverance is always victorious.
1 John 1.9 : "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: if we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
Conclusion : The new birth is therefore the result of the application of the Word of God to a repentant soul, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is enough for everyone to believe that Jesus is sacrificed for us and to follow him. In Christ, not only do we find the forgiveness of our sins, but also a new life. The new birth is fertilized by the Spirit of God, so that an embryo of the Holy Spirit, a divine nature, is born in us. The Apostle Paul said to work for his salvation, as one enters life by birth, one becomes a child of God by a "new birth". Our natural life has its origin in Adam but the new birth, it is a new life which has its source in Christ, it is free and requires a total implication on your part. We accept it by an act of faith.
1 Peter 1.23 : "Since you have been born again, not by corruptible seed, but by incorruptible seed, by the living and permanent word of God." Amen !