THE NEW BIRTH
John 3: 1 – 8; Titus 3: 5
The Fundamental Doctrine of Faith
The Lord Jesus, our Master, was known as the best teacher of the Word of God during His earthly ministry. Several times, people acknowledged the fact that he taught the Word of God with authority. They admitted that he taught the ways of God in truth (Luke 20: 21).
- When he taught them at Capernaum, Mark reported that the people were astonished at his doctrine because he taught them as one that had authority and not as the scribes (Mark 1: 21 – 22).
- One of the secrets of his unique teaching ministry was teaching the unknown by the known, and the spiritual by the natural.
- Teaching on the Fatherhood of God he said: “what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matt. 7: 9 – 11).
- Teaching on the importance of spiritual food, he said: “it is written, man shall no live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4: 4). Man needs both physical and spiritual food to keep his soul and body together in good condition or health.
- And teaching on spiritual birth, he said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” (John 3: 3, 6 – 7).
- There is natural as well as spiritual birth.
- We all became members of our earthly families through natural birth, in the same way, we become members of God’s family through spiritual birth.
- We see Jesus discussing this fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith with Nicodemus in our text, John 3: 1 – 8.
- This doctrine is seriously being ignored by a good number of churches in our age.
- According to Jesus, without the new birth or regeneration, one cannot see the Kingdom of God – that is, you cannot receive eternal life and salvation through the Son, Jesus Christ.
- In plain words, no one can become a citizen of the Kingdom of God or a member of God’s family without spiritual rebirth or regeneration.
- Accordingly, a person cannot be called a son or daughter of God in the true sense of the word without being born again in the spirit. (John 1: 10 – 12)