What Does It Mean To Be Born Again?
Rev. Bessie Coleman, Ph.D.

To be "Born Again" is a very popular phrase used by Christians everyday. But what does it really mean to be born again? In the Gospel of John, Chapter 3, Nicodemus asked this question many years ago. He queried, how can a man be born again? Nicodemus was focusing on things of the physical realm. Things he could see, touch, smell, taste, etc.

To be born physically means that a new creature comes by way of physical methods--through his mother's womb. To be born again means that a new creature comes by way of spiritual methods.

John 3:6 says... that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

To be born physically, (or by way of a woman's womb) one becomes a child of their biological parents and other times adoptive parents; however, when one is born spiritually, he becomes a child of the Living God. This birth is called being "born again".

Romans 8:10, 14 says... and if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons on God.

When a child experiences a physical birth, they go through life with many changes. Their height and weight change with age. Their hair may change colors with age. Skin textures may change with age.

When a re-birth takes place, there are many changes. These changes are spiritual. Behaviors may change. Attitudes may change. One's conversation may change.

II Cor. 5:17 says... If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things passed away. Behold all things are new.

Salvation in itself is instantaneous; however living holy is a process.

Through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we began to live a new life, an eternal life. Suddenly, all of our sins are forgiven. We experience "true peace" a type of peace that comes with only having God in our life. We set new goals and develop new attitudes.

Our focus is turned to things of eternal value, rather than things of temporary value. Our focus is turned away from the physical realm towards the spiritual realm.

1 Peter 1:23 says... For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Just as this was complicated for Nicodemus to understand, this can be difficult for many of us at particular times in our lives; however, we must understand that this is based upon a leap of faith.

Hebrew's 11:1 says... Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Bible further states in 11:6... For it is impossible to please God without faith.

We must begin by believing John 3:16... 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.

Them who hath the Son hath life. Them who hath not the Son is damned.

We must believe.

copyright 2002 Rev. Bessie Coleman, Ph.D.
Used by permission.