No one is born into this world as a Christian. People are not born as Christians. Anyone who becomes a Christians must invite God into their lives. People become Christians when they are old enough to understand that they are sinners and decide for themselves to ask Jesus Christ to forgive them of their sins. After people confess their sins to God and ask Jesus to come into their hearts and their lives, people are born again. To be born again means that God puts His Holy Spirit into you and you start to experience a new life from God. You turn away from your sins and live for God.

To be born again means you have the Holy Spirit

Jesus teaches us what it means to be born again: “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:4-8).

Jesus teaches us that to be born again means that you receive God’s Spirit and you become a new person.

To be born again means that your sins are forgiven

Before people are born again Jesus has to wash away their sins with His blood. Peter teaches us this: “You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.” (1 Peter 1:22-23).

First our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus, then we are born again from above by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To be born again means you have eternal life

Jesus said: “The Spirit alone gives eternal life.” (John 6:63). That means that we cannot receive eternal life through any of the good works that we do. We can only receive eternal life if we receive the Holy Spirit, and we can only receive the Holy Spirit if our sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. And we can only have our sins washed away if we turn away from our sins and ask Jesus Christ to forgive us and fill us with His Holy Spirit.

To be born again means you have a new life

There is nothing good in our flesh. Left to our own we are sinful and miserable people. But when the Holy Spirit fills us we become new people. When the Holy Spirit enters our lives we become new creations in Christ.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Yes, the Holy Spirit changes the way we think and the way we act.

“…you have been raised to new life with Christ” (Colossians 3:1).

Jesus told us that being born again brings joy

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).

It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are filled with joy and peace. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us peace and joy. And the Holy Spirit is from God. We receive the Holy Spirit into us and the Holy Spirit lives in us. He, the Holy Spirit, fills us with joy and peace and many other good and wonderful things.

The Holy Spirit guides us and teaches us

God said He would never leave us or forsake us. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will guide us teach us how to live while we are here on earth. Jesus said: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13).

The Holy Spirit will live in you

The Holy Spirit is a person. He is a living being with thoughts and power and emotions. And He is not someone who lives far, far away. The Holy Spirit lives in those people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. This is very different than what other people believe. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will live in you, not just around you, but in you.

Jesus said: “He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:17).

It doesn’t start until you are born again

All these good things cannot start until you are born again. It is the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you that makes the difference. It is the power of the Holy Spirit living in you that gives you the strength and the power to live each day. To believe in good things to come, to face each and every day with hope and faith. God is with you forever when you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you.

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11).

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