To be born again means that you have received the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit has been poured into your body and you have been sealed. To be born again means that you have started to live a new life for Jesus Christ. You are no longer the same old person that you used to be. You have new desires and new thoughts. You want to live for God and do the things that God is putting on your heart to do.

If you are born again you are saved from hell and eternal punishment

If you have been born again you have received God’s Holy Spirit and you will go to heaven. You have received the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ and He is inside of you. The Holy Spirit of Christ is living within you. This life is from God.

This is what Jesus meant when He said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).

The Holy Spirit is the power of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. It is not the angel Gabriel or some other power. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit. It is the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

If you are born again your sins are forgiven

God wants to forgive everyone’s sins. The Bible teaches us: “This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:3-6).

God wants everyone to be saved. He is not a God who wants people to go to hell and to suffer. His desire is for everyone on earth to call upon His name and ask Him to save them.

But He can only save those who call out to Him for salvation. God can only save those who want to be saved. Those people who call upon God to be saved will be born again. God will forgive their sins. He will wash them in the power of the blood of Jesus and then He will give them the Holy Spirit and they will be born again.

The Spirit is given so that we know we are saved

We know that we are saved because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.

The Bible teaches us that: “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.” (Romans 8:15-17).

God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is given to us so that we would have peace in our hearts and that we would know that we are saved and going to heaven. That is what the Bible means when it says: “we are God’s children.”

Because God lives forever, His children live forever. Because God is Spirit, we are Spirit. We are born from God and God lives forever. So because we are born of God we have become like Him. We also will live forever because we have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of us.

“Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. 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 1:21-23).

God says to us that: “Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.”

Jesus is eternal life

To be born again means to become like Jesus. If we believe in Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Saviour then we are accepting much more than a human being. We are accepting God in Christ.

The Bible says: “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,” (Colossians 1:19).

God lives in Christ. God is Christ. Jesus Christ is God. He is truly the fullness of God living inside a man. So when we accept Jesus we are accepting God. And when we are accepting God we are accepting who God is and what God is.

We are accepting and becoming like God because God is eternal and lives forever. So if we accept God into our lives, and we are born from above, we too will receive the same Spirit that God is. God is Spirit and when we accept Him and receive the Holy Spirit we accept God who now starts to live inside of us.

This is why Peter says that “you have been born again, but not to life that will quickly end. You new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.”

Peace with God

One of the greatest blessings of being born again by God’s Spirit is the incredible peace and joy that you receive because you know in your heart that your sins have been forgiven. You experience and feel the power of God’s Spirit enter you. You know that you have been saved and this gives you incredible and great joy.

So if you have been born again by the power of God you can rejoice and be glad that you are going to heaven. Remember the words of Jesus: “But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2014
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