Being Born Again

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I Peter 1:23: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible {seed}, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

When the Scriptures say that believers are born again, then we may believe this truth because the Word of God liveth and abideth forever. In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1), and the Word of God is still here and always will be. Since God’s Word claims that we are born again, then that is the truth and something we may put on in our thinking processes as we renew our minds by thinking with this spiritual perspective that we are born again.

Nicodemus once questioned Jesus about these same truths of being born again and this is recorded for us in the Gospel of John chapter 3. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). But Nicodemus could not comprehend the concept of being born again, thus Jesus said to him, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things” (John 3:12)?

Jesus was somewhat disappointed that Nicodemus did not understand the Word of God and said to him, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things” (John 3:10)? Nicodemus was a master (teacher) of the Scriptures, yet he really did not have a clue about the subject of being born again and everlasting life when speaking to Jesus who is the resurrection (see John 11:25). Jesus was in essence saying to him, “Man, how can you call yourself a Teacher and a Man of the Cloth (so-to-speak), if you do not understand even foundational truths regarding your future life!”

John 3:14–17:
-14: {Jesus is still talking to Nicodemus} And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
-15: That whosoever {this includes Nicodemus, you, and me} believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
-16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-17: For God sent not {sent NOT} his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

When we were born, we became the progeny of our mother and father; we can never change that fact. (The miracle of our birth is not that man created anything, but rather the God-given abilities that the Creator gave humanity were employed.) Oh, I know some parents would like to disown their children and vice versa; however, by virtue of birth we are the children of our parents. It is the same with God ― once we are saved (born again) we are children of our heavenly Father. We become born again, but not of corruptible seed, as is our first birth, which is corruptible because of the sin nature inlaid in man since the fall of man in Genesis (Romans 5:12). However, God’s seed is incorruptible and eternal. He is our heavenly Father for all eternity!

Galatians 3:16: Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He {God} saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy {or your} seed, which is Christ.

When we become born again, we have the spiritual seed of Christ in us, and having Christ is having eternal life (I John 5:11-13). We are, according to the Scriptures, members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27) because we have received the seed of Christ. Romans 12:5 says, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another,” because we are born again of incorruptible seed, and are now permanently members of God’s Family. Having this wonderful gift within gives us an everlasting standing in the household of God as His very own children (Ephesians 2:19-22), and this can never change. In the Old Testament, yes, the believers could lose their standing in God’s care, but today in grace because of the completed work of Jesus Christ on our behalf (I Peter 1:18-19), we are the children of God now and throughout all eternity.

Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known {to you and I} what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The mystery is literally that the Jews and Gentiles who do become saved belong to God, and they become permanent members in the body of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-7). The foundation of this mystery is Christ; and we having everything Christ has ― his love, his peace, and his eternal life ― and we can know and enjoy the spirit of Christ in our hearts (Romans 8:9-17). The riches of this mystery are Christ in you, the hope of glory, to literally be with Christ in his glory for all eternity.

II Thessalonians 2:14: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 2:10: Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Having Christ in you and obtaining his glory are biblical testimonies, but learning how to enjoy these spiritual truths takes the renewing of our minds to what the Scriptures teach. The renewed mind is a dynamic study within the Scriptures that show and teach the children of God how to become ever more Christ-like in daily living. The first step to having and enjoying a renewed mind in this day and age of grace is to become born again, and Romans 10:9 and 10 explicitly puts the process into plain words about how to become saved, receive salvation, and be born again.

Romans 10:9–10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

The renewed mind process is one of the most enjoyable and exciting treasures we could ever receive, because having the renewed mind is having God’s best for us; we literally start to enjoy the spiritual qualities of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:11 continues, “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” The words shall not be ashamed means to be totally exempt from condemnation and despair because when we have the renewed mind, as promised we will know for certain that we are born again and we can know the certainty that we are going to heaven. We will never need to question or doubt in our eternal destiny again, as Nicodemus had, because our eternal life will become an apparent, present-tense reality in our hearts.

In order to enjoy God’s blessings upon our lives we first believe and confess in Romans 10:9-10 and we become born again and are members of God’s family, able to receive biblical truths that are inspiring and renewing and comforting in our new fellowship and journey together.

II Corinthians 6:2: For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

I Thessalonians 5:9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Esther – Revealing Our Good Day

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Esther reveals Christ as the Savior of God’s people and the preserving of the seed of Judah, from whom the promised seed would eventually come. The timing of the Book of Esther was during their Babylonian captivity (Esther 2:5-6).

A great believer named Mordecai and his cousin Esther literally saved the Jews from complete annihilation. They won King Ahasuerus’ favor, and prevented a devilish plot of the murder of all the tribe of Judah, and without Judah, Jesus Christ would never have been born to save the world. Jesus was the “Son of man” through Mary and he was the “Son of God,” by His creation through the immaculate conception.

The Book of Esther likens our deliverance and salvation to that of being a “good day,” a good day that still grows in our hearts moment by moment and day by day. When we come to know our personal Lord and Savior, every day becomes a very good day, because “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8).

This is why “our good day” is having, knowing, and believing that we have salvation and eternal life. We can find Jesus Christ inlaid throughout the Book of Esther for he is typified as our Savior through the lives of Mordecai and Esther.

Esther 8:16-17:
-16: The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
-17: And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

The decree, as horrible as it was, saved Judah, for the degree was to destroy all of those people who were conspiring to kill the Jews. This degree inspired the assassins to pretend that they themselves were Jews. It is interesting to note that the Jews were in bondage as slaves to those who captured them, yet, even in this state the captivators wanted to be in the shoes of the Jews in bondage.

Now ─ I would certainly call that a good day for the believers! So good was it, that they had light (God’s light), inner gladness, overflowing joy, and they were honored. Today, when we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, we will also have God’s light that brings gladness and joy into our days because of our believing on the Savior.

God Himself honors us, “He {the believer} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalms 91:15).  What a wonderful day it is to know that we can walk in the light of God’s healing Word, endowed with the honor of the Creator.

The Bible says that we have the “day star” (II Peter 1:19), and that we are “the children of the light, and the children of the day” (I Thessalonians 5:5), for with God every day can become “our good day!”

I Peter 3:10-11:
– 10: For he that will love life, and see {perceive} good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
-11: Let him eschew {turn away} evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue {pursue} it.

As Christ comes into our lives, he can begin showing us all the wonderful things that God has given to us, and in turn we can learn to “love life” greater than we did as children. We can begin perceiving our God-given “good days” for we can find His peace in and around our lives.

“Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

Today is now and forever a day of salvation (which is not one day but an eternity of good days), for “we know that we have passed from {spiritual} death unto life {eternal life}” (I John 3:14).

As in Esther the believers were saved in a good day, today we have Christ within who is our good day!