Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5
Many Christians are prone to think that the words, “being born again,” “receiving salvation,” and “receiving the remission of sin” are somewhat different. If at some time we were to ask a person, “have you been born again?” they then might respond saying that they have been born again. If then were to ask, “If so, have you receive the remission of sin?” They then reply, “I have been born again, but I haven’t received the remission of sin, so I have sins now.” It is truly an incorrect response.
Does it make any sense that a person having been born again and having received salvation from sins still has sins? If a person has received salvation from sins by believing in the Gospel of the water and the Spirit, it is a fact that the person has been born again and has become sinless and righteous. So all these words being born again, receiving salvation and receiving the remission of sin are the same. Actually, the phrase, being born again, means a person becoming anew by believing in the beautiful Gospel. Receiving salvation from sins means a person having had sins has become someone who has nothing to do with sins.
Being born again means that I once was a sinner in the past but now having received cleansing of sins, I have become a new person. When we came out of our mother’s womb, we were sinners, but we were born again by listening to the Gospel of the water and the Spirit with our ears, getting to know it and believing it in our hearts. It means that although our bodies and our outer appearance remain the same, our insides have been born again by believing in the Gospel of the water and the Spirit.