Again or Born of God mean the same thing.
page explains why you must be born again of the
spirit to enter the kingdom of God. To be born
again is the same as to be born of God.
Jesus answered and said unto
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jesus explained to Nicodemus
that to be born again was a Spiritual
birth. "That which is
born of Spirit is Spirit and that which is born
of flesh is flesh."
It may be important for you
to properly understand... I happen to believe
that every word Jesus spoke is very important.
Jesus was speaking to a Pharisee, who did not
NOTE... LET ME SAY A FEW
THINGS BEFORE WE GO FURTHER: Your fellowship with
God is a personal thing. But, the common trait of
a person who is anointed by God, is a kinder,
loving, understanding spirit that yields to the
wisdom and leadership of the Holy Spirit of God.
You are Born of God, or as is taught today, you
are "Born Again."
To be "born
again," or to be "born of God," is
not merely a professed state of being that
happens only because you say it is so.To be Born
of God or Born Again, is the infusion of the Holy
Spirit of God and spiritual transformation into a
"new creature"... Not to be taken
lightly. There are millions of Christians today
who claim to be BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS. I'm sure a
few of them truly are born again or born of God
but I am afraid that the large majority have
simply proclaimed that status and are not truly
born of God (or born again). Regardless what they
call it, they are not a "New Creature"
as the scriptures describe it, they just
unknowingly claim it. Most of the time, you can
tell by the way they live.
Back to the topic...
The Terms: Born of God -
Born Again - Saved - Born Again Christians: All
are used to describe the status of a person who
has achieved the "New Creature" status.
Meaning that the person has been anointed
by the Holy Spirit of God
and has changed in heart, spirit and thought. As
the scriptures declare, "we are a New
There are those who use this
term that have no idea what the true meaning is.
These people use the term loosely... ALSO; some
of the foulest sinners I have seen, claim to be
LET ME MAKE A VERY IMPORTANT
POINT HERE AND NOW: I don't believe you can
practice the two commandments Jesus taught us
unless you are born of God. When we are changed,
our attitude and LOVE for God and fellow man
changes and we are able to practice the two
commandments that Jesus gave us... "To love
God with all our heart, mind and soul" and
to "Love our neighbor as ourselves."
Jesus tells us that if we truly keep and practice
those two commandments all of the other
"10" will be met. Consider the
magnitude of that! It is no small thing! We are
led to believe it is simple and easy. Without the
indwelling Holy Spirit of God it is impossible.
Until we are truly BORN OF
GOD we are not able to do that. After the change,
we are no longer consumed with desire for the
things of this world. We feel love and goodness
for God and especially fellow Christians
(Brothers and Sisters in Christ). I know that
Jesus instructs us to love our enemies and to
pray for them but I don't know that you will feel
this love for people who are not of God. It is
hard for me to practice that commandment when
confronting devils... You may feel compassion and
understanding for those who are not brothers and
sisters in Christ but perhaps not the same love
we feel for God's children, our brothers and
sisters in Jesus. The Apostle Paul instructed not
to even eat with them. I do not love a person who
calls Jesus a devil or molests a child or many
other filthy and cruel acts. No, I do not believe
a person who commits those acts are a
"Neighbor." That is up to you to decide
Check out the scripture,
(NIV) John 1:12 Yet to all
who did receive him, to those who believed in his
name, he gave the right to become children of
children born not of natural descent, nor of
human decision or a husbands will, but
born of God.
A few chapters later, in
chapter 3, Jesus speaks of being "Born
Born again: (NIV) John
3:3... The scripture is interpreted two different
Today's common and popular
belief : A person is
"Born-Again" of the spirit while in
this flesh body. A transformation takes place
that makes you a "New Creature." A
New Spiritual Creation.
Along with this born again status, a new
understanding seems to
replace the "old being" that lacked in
matters of spiritual things..
You will notice, in the
scriptures above, it reads "Born of
God" not "Born Again." In this
chapter John is speaking of all those who receive
Jesus while living. In other modern translations,
it may read "born again." That is the
problem with the modern translations! The meaning
is changed many times. It concerns me! Remember,
I use the King James or the Geneva Bible along
with the newer translations, never alone! Always
confirm with the Geneva or the KJV!
Now I will address the term
"Born Again" and the context in which
Jesus was speaking.
My interpretation and
understanding on the scripture, John3:3, Jesus
was making reference to the resurrection after
physical death, which is
required to enter the Kingdom. Flesh
cannot enter the Kingdom (1 Cor 15:50).
1 Corinthians 15:50... Now
this I say, brethren, that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Be Patient... To Be Sure We
Are On The Same Page Let Me Repeat:
In order to convey my
thoughts, I use the terms "begotten"
"saved" "born of God" and
"born-again," in the same context.
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Verse 5 -
The only way I can interpret "born of
water".... refers to the natural, human
birth... not baptism! If HE were referring to
baptism, that would mean that we cannot enter the
Kingdom unless we were baptized while living.
Baptism is a ritual performed to make our
proclamation publicly known. I am sure there will
be many souls in the Kingdom who were
"saved" or "born again" but
died before they performed the ritual of baptism.
That's the only way I can see it. Born of
"Water" means the physical birth.
Remember the thief on the cross, next to Jesus...
Jesus promised him that he would be in paradise
with Jesus. Well, that thief was never baptized.
Simple example but makes the point. A person who
has been cloned does not meet the criteria of
being born of water.
OKAY. You are born again.
The natural spirit (and
body) of man is of this world. Greed, lust,
different faults that make some people more (or
less) worldly and evil (evil by nature) than
others. When you are "born again" as
some say, or "Begotten" all of that
changes. You have an awareness of right and wrong
and you want
to do the "right thing." You see things
differently than before and you have a different,
kinder nature... a more caring and loving nature.
It is quite obvious that you are a changed
person. You above all will know it. Others will
see a difference in you too.
You are now led and taught
by the Holy Spirit of God. You now know the
difference between "right" and
"wrong"... it is written in your mind
and heart. That is... If you don't choke it out
and not allow it to grow.
You are now a spiritual
embryo. Pray for guidance and strength to endure
your most exciting trip into eternity.
You still have temptations
but your heart says "NO." That's the
"born of God" or "born again"
spirit, in conflict with the natural (earthly)
Just because you have had
the "experience," does not mean you are
guaranteed the "Kingdom." You have to
endure... walk-the-walk... honor God and Jesus,
Love them with all your heart and mind AND love
your neighbor as yourself... In other words;
"Keep His Commandments."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE
"BORN AGAIN" "BORN OF GOD" OR
(I'm preaching now, just a
Your eternal soul and spirit
are at stake. Jesus said; "I
tell you this, unless you are born again, you can
never enter the Kingdom of God." (John 3:3 )
If you are to make it to
heaven you must be born again. Those who are
truly born-again (begotten or saved) really know
that they are different... they know they are a
As far as I know, you will
know the moment it happens! This is according to
my own experiences and understanding. For years I
could remember the hour and date that it
happened. Over the years I can only remember the
month and year but I will always remember the
experience. There was no doubt! I knew I was a
new creature! From that moment I was a different
person. I saw things differently. I had a
"different" love for God and others.
Had I not been aware I would have been confused.
I had been reading the Gospel Of Matthew and
praying for months before it happened. I was
ready but I did not know for "what."
THE HORROR STORY
(Be careful - Satan is powerful)
After several years I
"back-slid" and became a sinful person
and lived a sin-filled life. I was in
rebellion... mad at God. For ten years I rebelled
and lived in hell! This was a test and I
(temporarily) failed. It was hard coming out of
it but thank God I did come out of it and
returned to God. I have been punished and brought
to my knees by God but it has been a very
worthwhile learning experience. I am sure that I
am a stronger person and more faithful for having
been to hell and coming out of it. Pray that it
never happens to you though! It happened to King
David too! So please don't write to me and tell
me that I was never "saved."
Let Me Make A Very Important
Some people may say that
since I backslid I was never "born
again" or "saved." Many have
fallen away and returned! I don't recommend it!
It may not happen, you may not be able to
return... Be careful!
MUST YOU SPEAK IN
"TONGUES" TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE
( 1st Corinthians, Chapter
12 ~ Makes This Issue pretty Clear )
Allow Me To Spend A Few
Minutes On The Tongues Issue...
"Tongues" is a gift of "The
Spirit" and "few" have this gift.
The tongues issue is grossly misunderstood. The
reason for the gift of tongues was and is for a
person to deliver a message to a person(s) of
another language. Incoherent, unintelligible
uttering are not the same thing as the true gift
The nation of Israel had
failed to heed Gods message which HE gave
through their own prophets, so the Lord told them
that at a future time they will hear HIS message
through tongues (languages) other than their own.
To sum it up in a few words,
is the manifestation of being filled with the
Spirit, and the scriptures do not tell us that
our Lord ever spoke in tongues.
However, there are
congregations that teach their followers that
speak in tongues to show "the evidence of
the Holy Spirit." These congregations
further teach that you are not of the "Holy
Spirit" unless you show evidence by speaking
in "tongues". "Tongues" is
indeed a gift from the Holy Spirit but in no way
is it scriptural that you must
speak in "tongues" to show evidence
that you are "born again" or filled
with the "Holy Spirit." In fact the
Apostle Paul said that it was one of the lesser
gifts of the Spirit. As far as I know - most
heaven-bound believers do not
speak in tongues! I'm not convinced that I know anybody
who genuinely speaks in tongues.
If you belong to a church or
group who encourage you to speak in tongues or in
any way try to teach you to speak in tongues...
Leave That Church! They are teaching a false,
man-made doctrine from Hell.
Remember! I said
"tongues" is a gift of the Holy Spirit
and a few people have the gift.. YOU ARE NOT TAUGHT
TO SPEAK IN TONGUES!
It would be no different
than teaching a person one of the other gifts,
such as, the gift of healing. There are those who
are gifted in the healing gifts but it is brought
about through prayer... The gift of healing
(usually) is through prayer, it comes from God.
The reason for tongues is to benefit the church
and is for a purpose... Not some "club"
of members who believe this elevates them in the
eyes of others.
Read 1st Corinthians and 2nd
Corinthians in it's entirety! You will plainly
see that the Apostle Paul was scolding
the church at Corinth for their immature
handling of the tongues issue.
Paul plainly explains that 'tongues' is a minor
gift and should not be misused. He was being as
kind as possible while trying to correct the
improper handling of the tongues issue.
ARE ALL TRULY "BORN
AGAIN" WHO SAY THEY ARE?
No. Many people are misled
here. The claim to be "born again" has
become a fad and many think that all they have to
do is profess it. That does not make it so. If
you can't remember a time in your life that you
had a real experience that you can identify... an
experience that changed you... you should take it
to God in prayer. Remember: It's a personal thing
and that's between you and God. "YOU WILL
KNOW THEM BY THE FRUIT THEY BEAR". If the
person professes to be "saved" or
"born-again" and they continue in a
life of sin and immorality that is calculated and
planned, I would say "OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT
SAVED!" OR - They may have been
"Saved" or "Begotten" but
they are backslidden - As
King David did and as I myself did! If this shoe
fits you, pray, beg, study, ask Father God to
bring you back! Repent! Don't miss the boat!
It's even scriptural: On the
day of judgment many will say to Jesus, "I
cast out demons in your name" and Jesus will
reply, "Depart from me, I never knew
CAN YOU SIMPLY SAY A PRAYER
AND THEN FEEL CONFIDENT YOU ARE "BORN
No... One of my favorite T.
V. Preachers teaches this but I disagree. To be
"born again" "begotten" or
"born of God" is a gift from God, it may
be the result of a prayer but it is not
automatic! To simply say a string of words in the
form of a prayer and expect to be "born
again" is foolish. It's a heart-felt thing
that must come from the heart and soul then
granted and freely given to you from God. When
you are born again or born of God you will know
it! It is not a mild "state of being"
that is simply achieved by uttering a simple
"lip" prayer and then professing it. To
be begotten of the spirit or born of God is felt!
You will have a change of heart and mind! You'll
know it! However, it may start
with the simple Sinner's Prayer or any
prayer to your Father In Heaven.
CAN EVERYBODY BE "BORN
No. Everybody's name is not
written in the "Book Of Life," some
people will never be "born of God,"
"born again," "saved" or
HOW DO I BECOME "BORN
AGAIN" OR "BEGOTTEN?"
Of course I can only offer
what I know. God may see fit to have that happen
in many ways. But according to what I know... You
have to have a genuine desire and
"want" to become different than you
are. Perhaps there is a void and you want to fill
that void. Maybe you are being led by the
Spirit... nudging you... urging you to find
something that makes sense... a relationship with
HIM. If your
name is written in the "Lamb's Book of
Life"... You will lead a miserable existence
until you are "Born Again" and
spiritually united with your Spiritual Father.
My advice: You should pray.
You should read the bible, not just any part of
the bible but the part that tells you about the
"ONE" who came to save you - that
"ONE" is Jesus.
Don't just read but study
any one of the four gospels: MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE
or JOHN. These short little books give you a
first hand count from these individuals about the
life of Christ, Jesus.
As far as I know and feel,
reading the Old Testament will not make you ready
for The Holy Spirit. Study The New Testament to
ready yourself for The Holy Spirit. Since it is
sent from Jesus, you should study JESUS... That's
the NEW TESTAMENT.
Since Jesus is the one who
made it all possible you should come to know him
by reading and studying his life. For me it was
the Book of Matthew. While "Matthew" is
a very short book it took me several days to
complete it the first time because I would read a
few verses and pray for understanding then read
it again. When I was through, I felt as though I knew
Jesus. I felt like he was an old friend. After
several months of prayer and "getting to
know him" I had a tremendous experience!
MY "BORN AGAIN"
Lightening... thunder and
heavy rainfall... July, 1971... Hot Springs,
Arkansas... Central Avenue, just south of Oaklawn
Park Race Track: I was getting into my car, I had
just left a small corner grocery store. The
moment I got into the car I could feel His
presence. I knew He was in the car with me as
well as I knew my own name... I
"Jesus!" I kept crying out to Him,
"You're Here" "I Can Feel
Tears overwhelmed me and I began to cry
uncontrollably because I had never felt such love
as I felt at that moment. When the "Holy
Spirit" entered me It was as though an
electrical wire touched the back of my neck and
in a flash I was free of pain and could turn my
head. I was healed in that instant of a chronic
disorder that had been associated with a facial
paralysis. I had recovered from the paralysis
about 6 months prior but chronic neck pain had
"hung on" and was a constant reminder
that I was not completely well. In that
"flash" I was healed of that physical
condition and at that same moment I truly came to
know Him and love Him. In an instant I was
"born again"... Actually I was
"begotten" but I knew it to be
I hurried home and tried to
explain to my wife what had happened, she said
she understood but I knew then as I know now, she
could not have understood. Not her fault, until
you've experienced such a thing you simply can't
understand or perhaps even believe such an
experience in its fullness.
Years later she experienced an instant healing,
I'll tell more in the "Healing
DO YOU WANT TO BE "BORN
Do you want to know if your
name is written in the "Book of Life?"
Make yourself "ready." Your heart must
be in it... you can't "fake it" it just
won't work. Keep knocking, keep asking, pray for
the experience and when you feel "the
calling" ask HIM in! It took months for the
experience to come to me, it may be much quicker
for you. I prayed much, I made the trip down the
aisle everytime the preacher made an alter call
and I'm sure it was well over a year, maybe two
years, (forgive me as I repeat myself) then while
coming home from a small grocery market it
happened! I had the unmistakable experience! I
knew it was happening and I was over powered with
love and an experience that is impossible to
describe. I was different from that moment on! I
just had to repeat it... please forgive me!
To paraphrase the Son of
God, "The road is narrow and few will enter
The Kingdom." The more experiences I have
with the world, the more I realize "just how
narrow the road must be." As far as I know,
all you can do to make your heart
"right" and "ready" is read,
study the gospel and pray. A miracle from God
himself would surely help.
As far as I know: All you
can do is get "ready." It is entirely
up to God to send the Holy Spirit. When The Holy
Spirit comes, receive HIM! HE may not come again.
When you are "born again" or "born
of God" there is no mistaking it! It is a
wonderful experience. When it happened to me I
felt a love that I had never experienced before!
It's impossibe to describe it!
Much of the time
we can't be ready to be "born again"
until we have hit "rock bottom." Then
you are more likely to reach out and take the
hand of God when the opportunity comes. When you
don't have any place or anybody to turn to for
help. You may have a void, a dark emptiness that
leaves you feeling "dead" to life.
However, if your needs are met financially... if
you are loved, happy and secure you may not feel
a need for anything. In that case you may be a
poor candidate for reaching out for help from
You see... a rich man (usually) trusts his riches
and not God. He or she doesn't feel a need for
anything more. It depends on the individual...
many are born again while at the peak of their
success but I'm sure many more are born again of
the Spirit or born of God when they have no place
else to turn. I give thanks daily for the
hardship and health condition that caused me to
seek HIM. Nobody else could help me. When God
came through and "saved" me I became
HIS disciple. I was born again and I now had a
personal relationship with HIM. I was begotten of
the spirit, as HIS child. My body (flesh) was
still of this world with the same needs and
temptations but my Spirit was of God.
Two Different Explanations
Of "The Eye Of The Needle"
One explanation I have
heard: "The Eye Of The Needle" was some
sort of passage into the city, very small, very
low and hard to pass through. The camel had to
actually get on it's knees to get through. A
measure to protect the citizens from attack.
Here's the other
explanation: The word which was translated to
"camel" from Hebrew - was actually a
word that means, a heavy braid, almost like a
rope, which would be impossible to go through the
eye of a sewing needle and not a camel. I don't
know which is correct.
To me it doesn't matter
which is correct, I get the idea! Don't you?
Maybe a well-versed,
well-read, knowledgeable person will help us
clear that up.
OK! WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE
BEEN "BORN AGAIN" THEN WHAT?
Don't be embarrassed or
ashamed to witness and tell others. Jesus said,
"If we are ashamed of him - he will be
ashamed of us in front of the Father where we are