“Now there was a Pharisee, named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit… You must be born again.” – John 3:1-7
Salvation is described as being born again which is a huge transformative process. But today, the term is used flippantly and reduced to a word used to describe a person as being moral instead of having righteous standards. The difference is that righteousness is a gift and an expression of God’s love while morality comes through determination. Salvation is more about being than doing.
Jesus was trying to make Nicodemus and the rest of the world understand that being born again is an experience, not to become more moral, but of a rebirth of the human spirit so that it can be alive and connected to God. We are born humans but the path to becoming like Christ means to be borne by the One who gave birth to Christ. Make up your mind to be born again and walk in the fullness of it! Have a blessed week!
Confession: I am born of the Spirit and I have the gift of righteousness. I receive grace to work out my salvation with knowledge and understanding.