Coming from a background where this phrase was thrown around ever so frequently, I never realized how weird and almost ‘funny’ it might sound to some.
‘Born again?!’ Your first reaction might not be much different than that of Nicodemus when Jesus had first mentioned the phrase to Him. The conversation was something like this:
Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.”
“Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
How possible is that? The meaning this expression – ‘born again’ (which could also be understood when you read through the rest of the chapter in John chapter 3) is that, there is a rebirth that occurs in your spirit and not of your human body.
In essence, I could explain it like this. When you were born from your mother’s womb, you were born with a spirit and nature that could not communicate or interact with God. It would be much like a human being trying to communicate with a dog, or a cow; yes, it’s possible to an extent, in terms of giving certain commands (I mean you can say “Bingo, catch” or “Bingo, sit” and he would respond) but not in terms of fellowship as you would another human being (You can’t have as much as a good time with Bingo as you would your girlfriends or your boy squad).
In the same way, that’s the best your interaction God could ever be if you are not born again. Being born again is to have your spirit reawakened to a new awareness of having God as your Father. It is an elevation of nature from the mere-human class to the God-class. When you are born again, you are able to relate with God in a more intimate way which was simply impossible prior. Being born again is to have the God-kind of life or nature. To better understand this – I’m sure you could relate to how there is such a thing as a plant-nature, and animal-nature, a human-nature…and then there is God-nature or the God-kind of life. That’s was what Jesus communicated later in the chapter 3 of John as referenced earlier:
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
‘Eternal life’ from the verse referenced above, in the original Greek transcript, is translated ‘Zoë’ which simply means ‘God-kind of life/nature’. Now what role does Jesus have in this? What is a One and only begotten Son? Why do we need to believe and trust Him?
I’d be focusing tomorrow’s post on answering these questions, so stay tuned…
PS: I do realize I’m off by one day on my 21-day challenge but the post will be made up for sometime in the week. :). Oh, and have an awesome week ahead!