Have YOU been born again? Without it, you have no hope of escaping the terrors of hell or enjoying the glories of heaven. The Lord Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).
I. WHAT THE NEW BIRTH IS NOT
It is not a religion. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a very strict religionist. He celebrated the Passover, paid tithes, said prayers, brought sacrifices, and tried to keep the Law. To HIM the Lord Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” Lawkeeping, joining the church, being baptized, or living up to a religious creed will not save you. There will be many in hell who did all of these things. Will you? Ye MUST be born again.
II. WHAT THE NEW BIRTH IS
1. It is a mystery you cannot explain, but a reality no man can explain away. “The wind bloweth where it listeth (pleaseth), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Just as Nicodemus could not understand or explain the wind, so no man can understand or explain the new birth.
But the wind is a reality no man can explain away. Only a fool would say, “I don’t believe in the wind because I have never seen it and I can’t understand it.”
See the wind move the big limbs of an oak. Watch the wind tear a house to splinters. You cannot deny the reality of wind! You cannot see the Holy Spirit. You cannot explain Him. But you can see His mighty power make the harlot pure, the liar honest, the drunkard sober, the blasphemer pray, and then try to deny the reality of it.
2. It is the work of God by which a poor, lost, guilty, hell-deserving sinner who receives the Lord Jesus receives a new nature, becomes a child of God, and begins a new life. It is a second birth, a spiritual birth.
Are you SURE you have been born again? If you are not certain about this most solemn matter, read on (John 3:36–”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.”).
III. WHY YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
1. Because the Lord Jesus Christ said so. That ought to settle it.
2. Because you have a sinful nature. The nature we all receive from Adam is fallen, corrupt, and totally deprived. God says the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). With this old nature, you could not even enjoy yourself in heaven, let alone rejoice in God’s presence and worship Him. Instead, the lost are destined for a Christless eternity–an eternal hell-fire beyond the most horrible description. Heaven is a holy place. When you are born again, God gives you a new nature that you might desire holy things, now and in heaven.
IV. HOW TO BE BORN AGAIN
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus forgive me for all my sins. I believe in my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus died and rose for my salvation. Come into my life and save me now. In Jesus name, Amen.