We’ve been talking about what it means to be “born again” – and in this post, I will continue sharing where I left off in my January 15 post which I named “A Post About Beginnings.” It is pretty important that you read that before going further into this.
I would like to start here by addressing “an unspoken question” that some of you that read my January 15 post likely already are asking – at least to yourself. I know that – because I used to ask the same question myself after I read John 3. The Question: Does being “born again” mean the same thing as “being saved”? Yes, yes it does refer to the same thing. So, why then did I not use the term “be saved” in the post yesterday – seeing that the word “saved” is used many times in the New Testament while the words (or the term) “born again” appears in only two places in the New Testament. First in John 3:1-8, which we looked at in my last post – and once in I Peter 1:23 we see the term “born again” where it obviously speaks of a supernatural birth of the spirit as well – and not a physical birth. Yes, this amounts to the same thing as “being saved”- but the importance in making a distinction between the two terms is this: both are one and the same in the end result – but the term “born again” IS WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO YOU the moment that you believed and invited Jesus into your life. It sheds a very descriptive light on what actually took place in me and in you when we received Jesus as Savior. That we see this – and so understand that we generally speaking, need to understand the things of the spirit more than we do – is important to our personal growth in the things of God’s Kingdom. It is equally important to the increase of God’s Kingdom as well, because people do not generally advance very far in things that they do not understand very well.
After I was born again, I sure knew that something “way out of the ordinary” had happened to me – but what it was, I couldn”t tell you, and no one around me had a real answer either – so I continued to ask God what it was that happened to me and to others when we are born again. You can’t teach a baby that is still in diapers about “trigonometry,” but even so, He did answer me and I grew enough to begin to understand the beginnings of things of the spirit over the years. And of course, this learning involved God’s word and taking a little time aside to spend time with Him regularly – praying and listening when the Holy Spirit quickened something to me. Then over time, these things begin to unfold in meaning together as He shined light on one scripture with another the more explaining. This is a major way that the Holy Spirit teaches us – and when this is taking place in your life, there will be “a change” – a transformation of your life from the inside out that takes place – but like renovating a house, it isn’t done in one afternoon! The plans can be drawn up and the contract signed, but the process that lies ahead takes some time! After all, we’re talking about “the best beginning of all!”
I will finish this on my next post where I have a number of scriptures to share with you that specifically relate to or describe what happens to you at the moment you are born again. Have a great evening and I hope to visit with you here again.