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You Must be Born Again!

by Cyrus Gesulga

CyrusGesulga Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). It is a necessity and a requirement for seeing and entering the kingdom of God (John 3:3-5). To be born again is to enter a new relationship with God by submitting to the terms, conditions or requirements Christ commands. At that moment God makes the person who submits  to Him a new creature and he thus becomes a member of the body of Christ, the church of Christ and the kingdom of His dear Son, all of which are equivalent to redemption and  salvation (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:12-14; 2 Cor. 5:17).

The new birth is also termed “regeneration” by Paul, the Apostle in Titus 3:4-7 where he said, “He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing we have of the Holy Ghost.” Notice that the terms “saved.” “regeneration and “renewing” all refer to the new birth. Writing to souls who had been born again, he said, “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:21-23). This passage explains why we have confidence of a close relationship or fellowship with God through Christ. In the Old Testament system, animal blood was sprinkled and water mixed with the ashes of a heifer were used for ceremonial cleansing, but in the superior New Testament system our hearts are sprinkled with the blood of Christ when we submit to water baptism by faith in Him. So a born-again person is one  who is purified, sanctified, and saved in obeying the truth which is the word of God, the gospel, the power of God unto salvation (1 Pet. 1:22-25; John 17:17; Rom. 1:16).

Every born-again person is a Christian and a Christian is a born-again person. Every disciple of Christ is a member of the church of Christ, a born-again person, and is called a “Christian” (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 11:26; 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 4:16). A misconception of the denominational churches is found in their use of the expression, “born-again Christian,” as if there is a Christian who is not born again. If a person is not born again, he is not yet a Christian.

 

              Bro. Gesulga is a native missionary of the Philippine Islands.




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John 16:33