Changed from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly! This transformation that takes place in nature is a good illustration of what happens when a person experiences the new birth.
NEW BIRTH IS NEEDED
In God’s eyes, our natural state is unattractive, too, since we are born in sin and formed in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). As we grow, we continue to live after the desires of the flesh and mind (Ephesians 2:3). This is opposed to God’s purpose in creating us, and shows our need to be made new creatures in Christ Jesus. Only the new birth can give us new desires and a new life. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by education, religion, or self-effort. Likewise, it is only by the miraculous metamorphosis of new birth that your life and mine can be made beautiful to God.
NEW BIRTH IS FROM GOD
John 1:12,13 state the facts of the new birth: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the [children] of God, even to them that believe on His Name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Only those born of a certain man have the right to be recognized as the children of that man. So only those who are born of God have the right to be recognized as the children of God. Thus it is that those who receive Christ as Saviour and Lord become children of God. To receive Christ is to have true repentance to God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW ARE WE BORN AGAIN?
John 3:5 tells how we receive the new birth—”water and the Spirit.” What the water signifies is plainly told in Ephesians 5:26. The water is the Word of God—the gospel of Christ preached to sinners like you and me—which, by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit, produces the new birth. (See also 1 Peter 1:23; James 1:18.)
WHEN ARE WE BORN AGAIN?
John 20:31 gives us the time of the new birth: “and that believing ye might have life through His Name.” It is immediately upon believing that we receive life eternal. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:36).
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
Nothing that we can do will enable us to “see” or “enter the kingdom of God.” For this, the Lord Jesus says, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).
Without the new birth, we have no life toward God. By being “born again” through faith in the Lord Jesus, we receive everlasting life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Without the new birth, we are “condemned already” (John 3:18). By being born again, we are freed from judgment (John 5:24). If you are to be eternally saved, it is absolutely necessary for you, dear reader, to be born again.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
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