“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”
When Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God, Nicodemus asked 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?” (John 3:4). Many people who think Nicodemus was ignorant for asking that question probably don’t understand what it means to be born again themselves. It was a very good question.
So, what does it mean to be born again? “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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6). The original Greek text puts it this way: “Except a man is born of water, which is, the spirit…” The water here is symbolic of the Spirit.
To be born again is to be “born of the spirit” (John 3:8). It is the spirit of a man that gets born again. The man in Christ must now allow his spirit gain preeminence over the sinful cravings of his flesh. If he goes on in sin, it wouldn’t be because he isn’t truly born again, but because instead of walking in the spirit, he chose to walk in the flesh. Going out for more altar calls won’t help. He must learn to walk in the spirit to live above sin.
I am not the same person I used to be. The old man is gone. I am born of the spirit, I am born again!