New Birth

Certainly, nothing so fundamental that can happen to anyone on earth can be compared to a new birth.

The first birth, the natural birth by our earthly parents, introduces us to God’s power and wisdom as revealed in the creation. But, more to that, this birth too exposes us to the world of sin. We all transgress. We err. Every minute is occupied by a murder. Immorality. Mistrust. Mistreat. Theft…and the list is long.

This kind of life only brings misery and pain, both in the present living and the one to come. If at all we want to escape these two pains and enjoy the coming life, our way of thinking, feelings, principles and general way of life must be changed.

Since we’re in the world, born in sin and brought up in iniquity, there is ONLY one form of change that can bring a total transformation of our being. This change is known as new birth.

It’s a new birth because it will introduce you to a new kind of life which you’ve not lived before; a spiritual life.

So, How Does It Happen?

Let’s examine the act of Jesus washing the apostles’ feet on the event of the last supper.

Sure, this act of humility is mostly thought to have taught the twelve humility and serving others, just as Christ interpreted it. But I see an aspect of purity arising. When Peter refuses his feet to be cleansed, Jesus warns him, “… If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.”  John 13:8 

The truth is, by simply being a good and humble person, readily serving others, won’t bring you to the fold of Jesus. It takes a total transformation known as new birth. No wonder, Jesus on instructing Nicodemus on the way to heaven, starts by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again…” And I realized the word except starts with a capital, in my Bible. Verily, verily denotes affirmation, certainty and importance of the statement that followed the words.

The cleansing happening at the last supper is an analogy of spiritual purification, and water represents the word of God, by which one is transformed.

Water cleanses which it’s applied to. So does the word – only that the word cleanses the inner being.

This is not a new doctrine for it was told of the old prophets, “ I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. Ezekiel 36:25.

Jesus cleansed the Church “by the washing of water with the word” Ephesians 5:26. Again, in John 15:3, Jesus tells his disciples, “Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you.”

The Word d of God in its cleansing power, applied by the Holy Spirit, implants in man a new life. When the conscience, thoughts and actions are renewed, the Spirit begets a new life. This is not a natural life; it’s divine because it’s begotten by the Holy Spirit.

The Center of it all

The life we’re talking of is only found IN Jesus Christ. Talking to Nicodemus, Jesus wasn’t just outlining requirements for eternal life. No! He was actually the manifestation of the very life – and still He is! God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life. 1 John 5:11-12 

Take it today!

New birth is the only form of transformation that heaven recognizes. Yea, because it will reunite you with your heavenly father. If you don’t have this life yet, the good news is, it’s available for you. Take it. Take a look at your life today and make this most fundamental decision – accepting Jesus.

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