Jesus was talking to Nicodemus when he said these words. Nicodemus was a very noble, highly respected religious leader. So we can conclude that being good, kind, and religious are not enough. All of these things are important, but they will never save anyone. In spite of how good and kind Nicodemus was, He was still lost and unable to go to the Kingdom of God.
To be "Born Again" or "New Birth" that Jesus was speaking of is the dramatic transformation that happens in a person's life when they surrender their life to Jesus Christ.
When you receive Jesus in to your heart and accept Him as your Savior, your sins are forgiven ( Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:7,9).
You become a Son or Daughter of God and you are adopted into the family of God. (Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:5)
You become a totally new creation, renewed in righteousness and true holiness. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Ephesians 4:24)
You receive eternal life,to live with God forever! (John 3:14-21)
Our salvation is a gift of God. It can not be earned or a reward for being good. We receive Salvation by the grace and love of God.(Ephesians 2:8-9)
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I JOHN 1:9
God loved us so much that He had a plan to save us from our sins. God reached out by sending His only Son to walk and live on Earth and to teach s about God and His love. Then Jesus followed through with God's plan by accepting the cruel death he died as a sinless sacrificial lamb so that His blood could be used to take away the Sins of the World.
JOHN 3:16 says:
"For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life." (The Living Bible)
There is no other way. Jesus Him self said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, NO ONE comes to the Father, BUT BY ME." (John 14:6) If there was another way, then Jesus died the most brutal, agonizing death imaginable-for nothing.
You might be thinking, "But I'm a good person." It really isn't a matter of "This person is a good person vs.this person is a bad person." God says that "ALL have sinned and come short of His glory."(Romans 3:23) In 1 John 1:10 it says "If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling God a liar, for He says we have sinned". The Bible tells us of the result of our sin. "The wages of sin is death"(Romans 6:23) This has a twofold meaning. It does mean physical death, which exists in the first place because of sin. It also means SPIRITUAL death, which is far worse. Spiritual death is eternal, conscious torment in a place called hell.(Revelation 21:8)
The good news, however, is that no one has to go to hell. God, in His love
and mercy, has provided us with a way out. His name is Jesus. If you have
never been Born Again by giving your life to Him, here is how to do it:
1.ACKNOWLEDGE-"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) "God be merciful to me a sinner"(Luke 18:13)
2.REPENT-"Except ye repent, ye will likewise perish"(Luke 13:3)
3.CONFESS-"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9) If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Romans 10:9)
4.BELIEVE-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have eternal life"(John 3:16)
5.RECEIVE-"As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name"(John 1:12)
This is the most important decision you will ever make. If you
have never given your life to Jesus, please don't put it off. You can't
be sure you will have a tomorrow. Nothing in the world is worth missing
out on this for. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to write
to us. If you have made the decision to receive Jesus, let us know so we
can rejoice with you. Remember;
"Therefore, if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 Amplified Bible)
The animation of the tadpole turning into a frog was designed by Joseph Adler and Alan Denton.
Copyright 1995, 1996 Instinct Corporation (used with permission)
From the Magic Theater Homepage! Small animated yellow butterfly from Moon and Back Graphics.
Bullfrogs and Butterflies Series
Copyright © 1978 Shaunda Music / Sparrow Song
Written by Barry McGuire.
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