Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God It is Your Spiritual Birth

Jesus spoke of the need to be ‘born again‘, do you know what that means? Review this 7-part study to get the Bible answers!

Revised: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Born Again – Summary

1 Peter 1:23 Because you have had a new birth, not from the seed of man, but from eternal seed, through the word of a living and unchanging God. (BBE)

Think about this

No one is born again [has a new birth] without receiving the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John chapter 3:3-5, if you are not ‘born again’ i.e., born of water [meaning your human birth] and from the Spirit [your Spiritual birth; new birth] you will not see [experience, be aware of, appreciate] or enter God’s kingdom [heaven].

I hope you will choose to believe what heaven’s owner, Jesus, says. If you are not born again, the owner will say “Depart [go away] from me, God has said that you will be punished [you are cursed]…” Matthew 25:41 (EXB)

As always, I urge you to pray for understanding before you begin studying the Bible, trust God for the answers.

Key Points:

  1. New life with God

    You become a child of God when you are born again; it is His seed [His word/the Scriptures] that make it possible {1 Peter 1:23}. John 1:12-13 He gave the right to become children of God to all who received him. Even to those who believe in his name. 13 They were born from God. It was not from blood, or the will of the flesh, or the will of man. (NSB)

  2. You have His character

    You receive God’s DNA ☺, His Spirit, His character, you become like Him in the same way you are like your biological parents. Ephesians 4:23-24 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (NLT)

  3. Eternal bliss

    Do not pass up the opportunity to spend eternity with the creator of everything. Become a child of God, do not settle for less. John 3:5-6 Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. 6 Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God. (CEV)

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Intro

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be Born Again

1 Peter 1:3 Let us thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was through His loving-kindness that we were born again to a new life and have a hope that never dies. This hope is ours because Jesus was raised from the dead. (NLV)

This is a broad study of “Being born again/rebirth” to give facts from various sources for clarity, reference, and/or study. The goal is to give facts to answer the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to be born again?
  2. According to the Scriptures, how do we receive the Holy Spirit?
  3. What does it mean to receive the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost)?

Acts 10:45-46 All the believers who were circumcised and who had come with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured on people who were not Jewish. 46 They heard these non-Jewish people speaking in other languages and praising God. Then Peter said, (GW)

Free gift

Will you accept the free gift and be born again—a Spiritual birth? One of the most important decisions you can make in this life is to allow God into your life.

Romans 8:9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. 10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells — even though you still experience all the limitations of sin — you yourself experience life on God’s terms.

11 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! (The Message)

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The Meaning

(Study #1) What does it mean to be born again? Jesus said you cannot enter the kingdom of God without being born of the Spirit (born again).

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You must be born again

John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (KJV)

John 3:3

In this Bible study of being born again, our understanding may differ drastically. The phrase, born again, what does it mean? Let’s look at John 3:3; Jesus responds to Nicodemus {note: the first translation is from 1526, the spelling is quite different; not typos}:

John 3:3 Iesus answered and sayde vnto him: Verely verely I saye vnto the: except a man be boren a newe he cannot se the kyngdom of God. (TB) William Tyndale Bible 1526 NT {Courtesy of xiphos.exe Powered by The SWORD Project.}

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.” (WEB)

Your Bible’s words

The words in your Bible might use a different term instead of ‘born anew’. After reviewing 60 translation, revision, or version’s (trv’s) these are the words/phrases used. Note: [] enclose the number of trv’s:

  • born again” – [32; includes KJV and NIV].
  • begotten anew” – [2].
  • born anew” – [8].
  • experiences birth a second time” – [1].
  • born from above” – [16].
  • new birth” – [1].

gennao anothen

The Greek word for born as used in the KJV, NAS and NIV of John 3:3 is gennao and the word for again is anothen. The combination, gennao anothen, is found twice: John 3:3 and John 3:7.

Born – G1080 γεννάω gennao (ghen-nah’-o) v.

  1. (properly, of the father) to procreate.
  2. (by extension, of the mother) to conceive.
  3. (figuratively) to regenerate.

[from a variation of G1085] KJV: bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring.

Again – G509 ἄνωθεν anothen (an’-o-then) adv.

  1. (by analogy) from the first.
  2. from above.
  3. (by implication) anew.

[from G507] KJV: from above, again, from the beginning (very first), the top.

Source: Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries

Explained by Christ

Next, I cover the explanation in ‘Jesus Explains‘. Please stay with this until you have a better understanding of being born again. May God richly bless you!

Question for ‘you must be born again’: What does it mean to be born again, please share your understanding?

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Jesus Explains

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born of the Spirit

This is study #2. Be sure to check Study #1 before starting this study.

John 3:3-8 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. Unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom.” 4 Nicodemus said, “But if a man is already old, how can he be born again? He cannot enter his mother’s body again. So how can he be born a second time?”

5 But Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. Unless you are born from water and the Spirit, you cannot enter God’s kingdom. 6 A person’s body is born from his human parents. But a person’s spiritual life is born from the Spirit. 7 Don’t be surprised when I tell you, ‘You must all be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it wants to go. You hear the wind blow. But you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going. It is the same with every person who is born from the Spirit.” (ICB)

Nicodemus did not understand

If you do not understand what ‘born again’ means do not feel so bad, neither did Nicodemus (see John 3:4). Though Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews and a teacher of Israel, (John 3:1 and 10), he did not understand. He finally became a follower of Christ [my note: this is not found in scripture but stated in Smith’s Bible Dictionary] and came with Joseph of Arimathaea to take down and embalm the body of Jesus. (John 19:39).

In the Common English NT his question is “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? (CENT)” Why did Nicodemus ask if it were possible to enter his mother’s womb a second time? Of course, we must stay with the word of God and not assume or try to read between the lines. We may never know why Nicodemus asked the question, so let’s move on to the response.

Just as you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones form in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NET)

Meaning of ‘born again’

In verses 5-6, Jesus responded to Nicodemus by explaining what He meant when He used the phrase “born again” in verse 3. Now you must decide what Jesus meant. See if you understand after careful review of the wording. Keywords and phrases to consider:

  • The phrase “born again” prompted the question of second time into the mother’s womb. Does the phrase “born again” imply or mean two births?
  • The response in verse 5 mentioned two birthswater” and “Spirit” but let’s be mindful of the rest of the explanation (I made the mistake of stopping at verse 5 when I was a babe in Christ; note: I am doing my best not to give my opinion, how am I doing so far?)
  • Jesus also mentioned two births in verse 6, “flesh” and “Spirit

Some may conclude that Jesus is actually speaking of three births, water, flesh, and Spirit; that is possible if we accepted the literal meaning. Is it also possible that He is speaking of two births: water/flesh as one (human) birth or the first birth and Spirit being the second (again, anew; Spirit birth)? If you are not sure of the answer, pray and ask God for the true answer and review verses 3-6 again.

John 1:11-13 He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They did not become his children in any human way—by any human parents or human desire. They were born of God. (NCV)

More about the second birth

Next up: In Study #3 of this series, I will cover “born of the Spirit” which is the second birth. After all, that is the real focus of the discussion with Nicodemus and the most important link to becoming a child of God.

Just as each of us now has a body like Adam’s, so we shall some day have a body like Christ’s. 50 I tell you this, my brothers: an earthly body made of flesh and blood cannot get into God’s Kingdom. These perishable bodies of ours are not the right kind to live forever. 51 But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret: we shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies! 1 Corinthians 15:49-51 (TLB)

Question for born again study #2: Have you been born again?

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Prophecies

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the Holy Spirit will help you

Let’s resume this valuable study of being born again with Study #3 Part A. Be sure to check Study #1 and Study #2 before you begin this study.

Joel 2:28-29 “Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions. 29 At that time I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, both men and women. (GNT)

We begin Study #3 with the ‘second birth’ (born again or born of the Spirit). The approach is to cover three key elements of “born of the Spirit”:

  • Prophecies – spoken of or told before it happens through various people whom God chose. (covered in part A)
  • Fulfillment – the act or acts that completed the event that was foretold or that someone said would happen. (covered in part B)
  • Benefits – the resulting good, advantage, profit or improvement. (covered in part C)

A. The prophecies of the (indwelling) Holy Spirit

Many spoke of this wonderful event before it happened, a summary of some of the prophecies:

  • Isaiah 44:3 “I will pour water on thirsty ground and rain on dry land. I will pour my Spirit on your offspring and my blessing on your descendants.” (GW) [Read Isaiah 44:1-5].
  • Ezekiel 39:29 “I will no longer hide my face from them, when I pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord.” (NET) [Read Ezekiel 39:21-29].
  • Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (KJV) [Read Matthew 3:1-12].
  • Mark 16:17 “Now these signs will accompany the ones believing: they will cast out demons in My name; they will speak with new tongues [fig., languages];” (ALT) [Read Mark 16:14-18].
  • Luke 11:13 “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV) [Read Luke 11:9-13].

After this: Receiving the Holy Spirit – prophecy fulfilled

If you have time please continue to the next section, the fulfillment, Study #3 Part B of this series. I will give scriptures to help you learn more about “receiving the Holy Spirit” which is the second birth. May God bless you with the unlimited resources available to His children!

On the last, and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. 38 He who believes on me, as the scripture says, shall be like a cistern, whence rivers of living waters shall flow. 39 This he spoke of the Spirit, which they who believed on him were to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39 (LONT)

Question for born again study #3 part a: Have you received the Holy Spirit?

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Fulfillment

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“they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” from Acts 2:4

I am proud of you, this is Study 3 Part B., Of course, you have already read Study #1, Study #2, and Study #3 Part A before starting this study, right? If you have, please continue.

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (LEB)

Prophecies fulfilled

What particular event fulfilled the prophecies of being born again (from above) or baptized with the Holy Spirit? Do not be confused by the wording; Joel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah used the term ‘pour out‘, Matthew said Jesus will ‘baptize‘ and Jesus said the Father will ‘give‘… Now let’s see what happened on the day of Pentecost; “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…”

Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 Suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind. It filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Tongues of fire that sat on each of them appeared.

4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak with different tongues, as the Spirit moved them to speak. (NSB)

Pentecost

Did ‘the day of Pentecost’ event live up to the prophecies?

  1. Did this event on the day of Pentecost make Joel’s prophecy happen? Jump ahead to Acts 2:16: please continue reading Acts 2:14-39.
Acts 2:16-18 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even on My menservants and maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. (MEV)
  1. Were the statement’s in the Gospels about the baptism of the Holy Spirit satisfied?
    1. I only listed Matthew’s statement here; Mark, Luke, and John also relayed a similar message (note: only Matthew and Luke added ‘with fire‘).
Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance: but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire. (RKJNT)
  1. The final question: was the ‘fire’ part of Matthew and Luke’s prophecy met? Some and possibly many will say being filled is not the same as being baptized, I will leave the wrestling with words between you and the author of the Bible. Take your disagreement to Jesus and let him sort it out for you.☺
    • Was the Holy Spirit sent/given?
      1. Jesus said the Father would “give” the Holy Spirit in Luke 11:13 and “send” the Holy Spirit in John 14:26.
      2. Jesus also said He, Jesus, will “send” the Holy Spirit in John 15:26 and 16:7.

Acts 1:5

Oh, I am so sorry, I failed to include the last time Jesus mentioned the baptism with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), take a look at Acts 1:4-8 focus on verse 5; Peter remembered the final words of Jesus (before Jesus ascended to heaven). Hopefully, you will be convinced that the prophecies of the second birth or being born again did happen, are you satisfied with this?

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (KJV)

Incidentally – Aside from the ‘day of Pentecost’ event there are two recorded methods of people receiving the Holy Spirit:

  • By the laying on of hands
    1. Peter and John laid hands on the Samaritans (Acts 8:17-18) [read Acts 8:4-25].
    2. Ananais laid hands on Saul {aka Paul} (Acts 9:17). NOTE: Saul was praying (Acts 9:11) and calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16) [read Acts 9:10-18 (compare Acts 22:12-16)].
    3. Paul {formerly Saul} lays hands on disciples in Ephesus (Acts 19:6) [read Acts 19:1-10]
  • While hearing the word of God – non-Jews (Gentiles) while Peter was speaking (Acts 10:44) [read Acts 10:44-48].
Up next: Benefits of Receiving the Holy Spirit

I invite you to continue with the next section, the benefits, Study #3 C of this series, I will give Scriptures to help us with some of the “benefits of receiving the Holy Spirit” which is being born of the Spirit. Until your next visit may God keep you in His care, I am sure He will!

Question for born again study #3 part b: Was this enlightening or helpful?

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Benefits

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Jesus said “I will come to you” from John 14:18

Important Note: Be sure to review Study #1, Study #2, Study #3 A and Study #3 B before starting this study.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Congratulations, you are awesome; welcome to Study #3 Part C of this very important Bible study. It may seem unusual to place ‘The Benefits’ last instead of at the beginning. This is not a sales pitch ☺ it is a chance to learn more about what your Creator has for you.

C. The Benefits

How do you benefit from receiving the ‘gift’ of the Holy Spirit?

Titus 3:4-7 But then something happened: God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world; 5 He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit,

6 who was poured out in abundance through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior. 7 All of this happened so that through His grace we would be accepted into God’s covenant family and appointed to be His heirs, full of the hope that comes from knowing you have eternal life. (The Voice)

  1. We become part of “the body of Christ“; the church [read 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Acts 9:31; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17].
  2. We are born into “God’s family” [read John 1:12-13; Romans 8:12-17; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 John 3:1].
  3. We have the Spirit of God living in us: 1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you? (CEB) [read 1 John 4:12-16].

The Gift from God

Ephesians 1:14 The Holy Spirit was given to us as a promise that we will receive everything God has for us. God’s Spirit will be with us until God finishes His work of making us complete. God does this to show His shining-greatness. (NLV)

Why was it so important that Jesus goes away so the Holy Spirit could come (John 16:7)? Is Jesus, the Holy Spirit? Verses 18 and 20 give you a clue.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.

20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:16-20 (NLT)

The church/body of Christ

Do we “join the church” (body of Christ) or “are we born into the church—His body (family)—the body of Christ“? Keep in mind this is not a club or committee it is another life, a Spiritual life. Are ministers misleading when they use the word “join” (when talking about becoming a member of the body of Christ; the church)?

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For just as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body: so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slave or free; and have all been made to drink of one Spirit. (RKJNT)

Live forever

Best of all, the Holy Spirit gives you life that will never end. Cherish the benefits of being born again!

But you are not ruled by your sinful selves. You are ruled by the Spirit, if that Spirit of God really lives in you. But whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10 Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God.

11 God raised Jesus from death. And if God’s Spirit lives in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. Yes, God is the one who raised Christ from death, and he will raise you to life through his Spirit living in you. Romans 8:9-11 (ERV)

Question for born again study #3 part c: Did you join the body of Christ or were you born into it?

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Born Again wrap-up

Receiving the Indwelling Spirit of God

OK, I realize ‘indwelling’ is not a familiar term for many, but we must understand that once we are born again, the Holy Spirit is living (dwelling) in us (indwelling).

Titus 3:4-7 But when the time came for the kindness and love of God our Savior to appear, 5 then he saved us—not because we were good enough to be saved but because of his kindness and pity—by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit,

6 whom he poured out upon us with wonderful fullness—and all because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did 7 so that he could declare us good in God’s eyes—all because of his great kindness; and now we can share in the wealth of the eternal life he gives us, and we are eagerly looking forward to receiving it. (TLB)

Other words and phrases

There are many terms associated with “Receiving the Indwelling Spirit of God“:

  1. born again – John 3:3 (AKJV, AMP, CENT, CJB, DRA, ERV, ESV, EXB, GNT, GNV, HCSB, KJC, KJV, KJ21, JUB, LO, LV, MNT, Mounce, NASB, NCV, NIRV, NIV, NKJV, NLV, NLT, NSB, PNT, RKJNT, TLB, UKJV and WYC) [32]
  2. begotten anew” – John 3:3 (ACV and CLV) [2]
  3. birthed from above” – John 3:3 (ECB) [1]
  4. born anew” – John 3:3 (ASV, CB, CEB, DAR, OJB, TB, WEB and WYC) [8]
  5. experiences birth a second time” – John 3:3 (Voice) [1]
  6. born from above” – John 3:3 (ABP, ALT, AUV, CEV, EDNT, ERRB, GB, GONT, GW, ISV, LEB, MSG, NET, NOG, NRSV and YLT) [16]
  7. Reborn” – John 1:13 (NLT and TLB) [2]
  8. Rebirth” – Titus 3:5 (CJB, NIV, NRSV and SENT) and John 1:13 (TLB) [5]
  9. New birth” – John 3:3 (BBE); Galatians 6:15 (PNT); Titus 3:5 (AMP, CEV, GNT, GWT, NET, NLT, PNT and TEV); 1 Peter 1:3 (GWT, HCSB, MRINT, NET, NIRV, NIV and NRSV); 1 Peter 1:23 (CEV and MSG); James 1:18 (CEV and NIRV); “Nelson’s Bible Dictionary” and “McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia”
  10. Regeneration” – Matthew 19:28 and Titus 3:5 (KJV) and “ISBE
  11. New creation” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (MRINT and NIRV); Galatians 6:15 (AMP, MRINT) and “Nelson’s Bible Dictionary”

Reminder

One more reminder, if you have questions please do not hesitate to ask your spiritual leader/pastor or whatever title the person or people may use. The other option is to email me: Tim.

1 John 2:28-29 Yes, my children, remain in union with him, so that when he appears we may be full of courage and need not hide in shame from him on the Day he comes. 29 You know that Christ is righteous; you should know, then, that everyone who does what is right is God’s child. (GNT)

Be full of hope

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 There is no gift of the Holy Spirit that you don’t have. You are full of hope as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again.

8 God will also keep you strong in faith to the very end. Then you will be without blame on the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God is faithful. He has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NIRV)

All things considered, “Do You Actually Need the Holy Spirit to be Born Again?” So now can you answer the question? God bless you in your desire to get to know him; are you ready to be born again? Be blessed and full of hope— Tim.☺

Born Again Outline

Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verses.

  • Summary:

    Matthew 25:31-46 {focus verses: 31-34, 41-43; (41)}; John 1:6-13 (12-13); Ephesians 4:17-24 (23-24); 1 Peter 1:22-25 (23).

  • Introduction:

    Acts 10:44-48 (45-46); Romans 8:1-11 (9-11); 1 Peter 1:3-12 (3-5).

  • The Meaning

    Study #1: John 3:1-21 (3-8).

  • Jesus Explains

    Study #2: Ecclesiastes 11:1-8 (5). John 1:6-13 (11-13), 3:1-21 (1, 4-6, and 10), and 19:38-42 [(39); {note: John was the only one to mention Nicodemus} compare Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56]. 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (46-56).

  • Prophecies

    Study #3 Part A: Isaiah 32:9-15 (15) and 44:1-5 (3); Ezekiel 39:21-29 (29); Joel 2:28-32 (28-29). Matthew 3:1-12 [(11) compare: Mark 1:1-8 (8) and 16:14-18 (17). Luke 3:1-20 (16) and 11:9-13 [(13) compare: Matthew 7:7-12 (11)]. John 1:19-28 (26)] and 7:37-39 (39).

  • Fulfillment

    Study #3 Part B: Matthew 3:1-12 [(11); compare Mark 1:1-8 (8), Luke 3:7-20 (16); John 1:29-34 (32-34) and 7:37-39]. John 14:25-31 (26), 15:26, and 16:5-15 (7). Matthew 11:9-13 [(13); compare Matthew 7:7-12 (11)]. Acts 1:4-8 (5), 2:1-4 (1 and 4), 2:14-39 (16 and 38), 8:4-25 (17-18), and 9:10-18 [(11 and 17). Compare Acts 22:12-16 (16)], 10:44-48 (44), and 19:1-10 (6).

  • Benefits

    Study #3 Part C: John 1:6-13 (12-13), 14:15-24 (16-20), and 16:5-15 (7 and 13-15). Acts 1:4-8 (8) and 9:31. Romans 8:1-17 (9-11) and 12:3-8 (4-5). 1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (16-17) and 12:12-31 (focus verses: 12-14; 13). Ephesians 1:3-14 (13-14), 2:19-22, and 4:1-16 (4-6). Colossians 3:12-17 (15); Titus 3:1-8 (4-7); 1 John 3:1-3 and 4:12-16.

  • Wrap-up

    Matthew 19:28; John 1:13; John 3:3-8 (3); 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (7). 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; 2 Timothy 1:13-18 (13-14). Titus 3:1-8 (4-7); 1 Peter 1:3, 23; James 1:18; 1 John 2:28-29.

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7 Comments:

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  2. Born Again
    Do not live #holy in public and #sin in private. Live to please #God at all times. Because that is what the born again do!

    Message in the picture:
    God’s children—the born again—do not live in sin – from 1 John 3:9

    Scriptures for the day:
    1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.
    [Amplified Bible (AMP)]

    Please share this with your family and friends!
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Photo: Photo of cloudy sky at VA ACC, Redlands, CA by TP Photography on Aug 1, 2017. Graphics by T&T Dezignz.
    #changedlife #bornagain

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  4. Born Again
    Promoted on May 5, 2017, https://plus.google.com/+TimPettifordstm/posts/g9NyFqzyQ63
    #Jesus said, ‘You must all be #born #again.’ And ‘Unless you are born again, you cannot enter into #God’s #kingdom.’ You must be born again; receive this gift from God!

    Scripture for the day:
    Ephesians 2:8-10 God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it.

    Being saved is a gift from God.

    9 It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. 10 God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.
    [God’s Word (GW)]

    Message in the picture:
    Being saved is a gift from God – Cherish it! – inspired by Ephesians 2:8


  5. Amen.
    God bless you!
    Maranatha!
    Halleluyah!


  6. AMEN!!!! To the TRUTH of GODS word!! Ive been a BORN AGAIN Baptised IN Jesus Name fillef with the holy ghost for 36 years now PRAISE his Holy Name its Good to see The Truth being shared n Tzught God Bless You


    • Amen, I praise God for you and your kind words of encouragement, may God continue to bless you! Tim

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