The new birth is the most fundamental work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.
Every one of the Christian life’s powers and wonders are based on this central miracle of Christianity. This miracle in the human soul gives the individual new life.
“How can a man be born again?” a religious authority inquired of Jesus. (James 3:1–5) He required a spiritual birth, Jesus informed him. Yes, it was a miracle of God’s Holy Spirit bringing spiritually dead people back to life. “He extended the right to become children of God to as many as welcomed Him, even among those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
A human cannot be born again in three ways. Those “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” according to the apostle John (v. 13).
It is not a natural process because it is “not of blood.” It does not come from our parents, nor does it come from human nature, nor does it come from spiritual or religious progress. Because my parents were Christians, I am not a Christian. Because I am a Christian, my children are not Christians. God is unconcerned with your spiritual royalty.
It isn’t a case of “fleshly will.” It is not motivated by a true and ardent desire to improve, as shown in good religious efforts. You are not born again as a result of your efforts or commitment to live a good life and emulate Christ’s values. By whatever natural power, you cannot come into a new life in Christ.
It isn’t accomplished by “man’s will.” No decision you make will result in spiritual rejuvenation. It is solely a divine act. It is not through my choice that I am reborn. It’s not true that where there’s a will, there’s a way. No one has the ability to bestow spiritual life on another.
The core Christian belief is that a person must be “born of God.” God, not man, regenerates. God is the Agent who gives spiritual life to a sinner’s soul. The new life is communicated by God the Holy Spirit through a spiritual birth. It’s a riddle that no one can solve. It cannot be contained in a test tube, mathematical formula, or computer chip. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that can only be had when God performs it. This spiritual life given to the soul is of a new character, a totally different form of life.
The new birth is the transmission of Christ’s very life to the trusting sinner’s soul. It is a direct gift from God. The believing sinner now has access to God’s presence. “A partaker of the heavenly nature,” he says. It is not the result of our ancestors’ genes, intellectual ability, or human endeavors, for example. It comes from God alone and directly.
This Christ-life is always a resurrection (Eph. 2:1-5). Spiritually dead sinners are always given life. Life emerges from death in the form of new birth, new creation, or spiritual regeneration. It is given by God the Holy Spirit, and it is as strong as reviving the dead.
The very life of Christ is communicated to each human soul born of God. When the Holy Spirit comes into your life, He cleanses, purges, renews, energizes, and empowers you to live a new sort of life in Christ.
Who among us is reborn? Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior is reborn. The reception of a person, Jesus Christ, is the new birth. Those who believe in Him are considered to be God’s children. “To as many as received Him, He gave the right of becoming children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” writes the apostle John. God the Holy Spirit gives you a new birth the instant you understand you are a sinner, dead in your transgressions and sins, and receive or believe on Christ. To accept Christ into your life, you must believe in Him.
“Jesus, forgive me when You come into Your Kingdom,” the dying thief near Jesus begged. “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise,” Jesus stated with majestic majesty and almighty authority.
That could be your current situation. Are you familiar with Jesus Christ? I didn’t ask if you knew about Him; instead, I wanted to know if you knew Him personally. Have you had a new birth? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Have you experienced the new life that only Jesus Christ can provide?
If you haven’t received the new life that God provides to the sinner who calls on His name, you aren’t a Christian. This new life is for you, and only God has the power to grant it.