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What Is Born Again Mean

From the scriptures, how is one "born again" and what does that mean?

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Well, here and now you may give them to Jesus.
---catherine on 3/29/08

That sounded completely whacko, catherine.
---lisa on 3/28/08

I threw away 6 points by deliberately changing my name, then someone boasted that they had far more votes than me - I find it very childish to put great store by how many votes we get. Jesus would have got minus points when he lived.
---frances008 on 3/28/08

Observer, I noticed that happened to me too. My name got posted wrong and I lost points. But do you really care? I mean, come on, there are way more important things to care about, dont cha think?!
---sue on 3/28/08

"How I hate people who goes around quoting scriptures, boasting all about Moses and his plight. Trying to fool the elect. Fools these people are. And these are your pillar of society. Not in my society". Says God.
---catherine on 3/28/08

JESUS did not have to be Born Again. He was born with the nature of GOD for He was man and GOD.

We must be Born Again and that happens when we accept JESUS.
---Samuel on 3/28/08

Augusta, welcome back, and here is a question for you, please inlighten me, with the passage of Jesus that you gave, "are you suggesting that Jesus was not God, (did not have the Spirit) before he got into the water?" also, "are you saying He had to be been born again just like people have to be born again?" You picked a passage from the Bible with no context and I was wondering what your point was?
---Mark_V. on 3/28/08

Welcome back Augusta.Hope you are well rested.happy Easter also
---Emcee on 3/21/08

*augusta, Your wrong. That is not born again. Your church is lying to you."

Kim, Jesus not only told us in His word how to be born again, He showed us how by His own baptism. "And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."(Lu 3:22)

---augusta on 3/21/08

Nicodemus asked the same ? Best answer you'll get is in Jn.3:1-8 in short God the Holy spirit gives spiritual life "imparting His Spirit with measure to someone" under the preaching of the true gospel to whomever he wills Jn.3:7,8 "that's how" to whom does he give it? whomever he wills are the redeemed (elect) OUT OF every kindred,and tongue and people and nation. "It means" life eternal... God's children are sealed and guided by His Spirit forever in this life and the next
---steven_rem7000 on 5/16/07

Catherine ... I think he mean the "helpful blogger" points.
You have 29 yourself
---alan8566 on 5/13/07

To me being born again means a person has converted over to Christ instead of staying with Satan. Matthew 13:4-21. Even though this was a parable spoken by Christ, it gives the meaning of one converting over to Christ.
---Rebecca_D on 5/13/07

A lot speak to what it means, and I would tend to agree for the most part, but few are answering the how? To be born again, one must be baptised. All the rest is part of it, but baptism is the means given to us by Christ.
---lorra8574 on 5/13/07

Being born again means you are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, the old man is dead, the new man comes forth in newness of life, you have a relationship with the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit, and the Law of the Spirit begins to work in your mortal body regenerating your dead body to conform to the image of the Son of God, willingly you take up you cross to lay down your life so that the life of Christ can have dominion .
---exzucuh on 5/12/07

Observer, Reputation points, is that what they are?
---catherine on 5/12/07

#1 When we believe with our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins, was buried for 3 days and then rose again, we are born again by faith thru grace. What actually takes place is this: when Jesus was nailed to the Cross, all of mankind was also nailed with Him. All of our old sinful nature, the Adamic nature that we were born with, was nailed to the cross with Jesus. When Jesus died, it provisionally died also.
---Gary54 on 5/12/07

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#2 When we are born again, God doesn't see our flesh, our old creation because it was nailed to the Cross and is dead. Scripture tells us to reckon the old man dead and this is why - God already counts him dead. We are dead to sin and alive unto God because when we believed on Jesus, He literally came into our hearts in the form of a new creation, we became a child of God. This New Creation life within us is pure and holy, without sin. That is why our salvation is so eternally secure.
---Gary54 on 5/12/07

#3 The part of us, the New Creation life part, is what will go to heaven with our spirit and soul. Our flesh, which was crucufied with Christ, will not go to heaven. We received an inheritance when we were born again - it is a great provision God has given us, including, eternal life, spiritual growth, His abundant grace and mercy. Our Father is a loving Father who has given all and more than we will need to live a victorious life here on earth until we go home to be with HIm.
---Gary54 on 5/12/07

Very true Lorra, regeneration, born again, a new creation, born of the Spirit, Child of Promise. All those represent the true Christian. Those are words that have to be understood in whole from Scripture. Even if many don't use them, they represent the same thing. Jesus said, we have to be born again in order to have life, to have wisdom and knowledge of the truth. Without that regeneration, man is not capable to learn the truth. He is blind to the spiritual understanding of the words of God.
---mark on 5/12/07

Snap out of it Observer 1 or 2. It has passed. Think of how you can start all over again at zero. At least you didn't start at minus/
---mark on 5/11/07

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Observer ... You have 12 points.
But I had already noticed that there were at least two using the name
---alan_of_UK on 5/11/07

Someone posted in my name wrongly!

Worst of all, I lost all of my 11 reputation points
---Observer on 5/11/07

Joseph, I would also like to point out that Baptism is the washing of regeneration. Regeneration is a fancy way of saying born again or rebirth.
---lorra8574 on 5/3/07

we must live in the spirit to be victorious.jesus overcame death and sin by dying on the cross.after we accept this act ,and jesus we MUST crucify our flesh daily to overcome satan and live with the power that jesus gave our flesh we can do nothing,but by faith ,and spirit with the power given by our lord we overcome, and are victorious.
---tom2 on 5/3/07

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Joseph, I took no offence at your words, and your response to my post shows an even better understanding than what you put down first. Baptism does indeed represent not only being born again in Christ, but also symbolizes our death in Christ (to sin) and our resurrection with Him.
---lorra8574 on 5/3/07

I'm in total agreement with this statement."(if) you think that you can be Born Again more than once, your not Born Again. If you are, you would know this already.
---Townsen on 4/30/07
not only am I in agreement with the statement, I also like the way the words are arranged.
---Mima on 5/3/07

rachel with all due respect the sinner's prayer is not in the Bible. To be born again (jn.3:3-11, 7:37) we come to the Lord with a repentent heart and pray to receive the Holy Spirit. We know we receive the HS when we speak in tongues. We are then commanded to be baptized as well (born of the water and the spirit) and acts 2:38-40. Belief alone is not salvation. Check out Acts chapter 19 and Acts 10. This stuff is awesome and it turned my life around. Have a look and all the best to you!
---James on 5/3/07

lorra8574 If you viewed my post as offensive please forgive me, no offense was intended. I am in no way discounting or minimizing the importance of baptism. Baptism acknowledges, confirms & bears witness of the 'born again' experience. I view baptism as a symbolic reference to the death & burial of the old man of sin & the resurrection of the man renewed & restored in & thru Christ. My posts are simply a sharing of my understanding of this subject, not an attempt to negate or demean yours in any way.
---joseph on 5/3/07

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Townsen- In the original Greek the phrase Born Again, as used by Christ himself, refers to a regeneration or reformation that comes from above. This is a figurative use.

It is later suggested by the apostles writings that this is a repetitive renewing process.

It is the Holy Spirit who helps guide us in this process.

But remember, you work for the Lord not to gain salvation, but to show you are faithful.
Obedience is greater than sacrifice.
---William_Halverson on 4/30/07

Mima- The verse you refer to is Ephesians 1:13.

I believe you are focusing on the word "seal". In the original Greek, this term refers to a stamp that is open viewable.
The word "promise" refers to an open proclamation.

It is an encouragement to these believers not to be ashamed in their open confession of faith. In some social circles there was a heavy price to pay.
---William_Halverson on 4/30/07

caring, turn the mirror around. You are talking about yourself. Go back and read your past replys and then search yourself. Your accusing others of exactly what you are doing. It's you, not them. Snap out of it.
---observer on 4/30/07

Just as it was explained to Nicodemus one is not literally reborn by entering into the womb again that is obviously not possible. To be ''born again means to repent, accept Christ as Lord and baptise which ever way it comes it is the given to us a s a gift of salvation that what ever we did in life to cause us to be separated from God he has erased that sin and made us brand new Spiritually.
---Carla5754 on 4/30/07

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If you think that you can be Born Again more than once, your not Born Again. If you are, you would know this already.
---Townsen on 4/30/07

Joseph: "As the converted we are born again- Tit. 3:5- "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, (including water baptism), but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." Our spiritual rebirth has absolutely nothing to do with what we have done, but rather what Father has done for us, in us & continues to do through us."
---Christina on 4/30/07

Bob, I've shown anger but not hatred. The hateful comments about Mary and against the Catholic Church are shocking and the you claim that I am hateful.

Another sign of hypocrisy.
---Caring on 4/30/07

Joseph, that is a nice sentiment, but that is not what the Bible says. I agree that baptism is not a guarantee of salvation but it is necessary, and it is what Jesus meant by being born again.

This is not to say that you cannot be spiritually renewed throughout your life. I have personally experienced this. But I was born again at baptism and felt the Holy Spirit that I received as a presence within me my whole life.
---lorra8574 on 4/29/07

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Joseph, Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

Jesus can confer special dispensations as He did with the thief on the cross. But to deny that we need baptism is to make Him a liar. Any true Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and has accepted Him would want to be baptised, Acts 8:36.
---lorra8574 on 4/29/07

Mima::From all that has been expressed in a spirit of perpetuity does not scratch the surface I still quote Jesus Words "FROM ABOVE"& not Nicademus's assumption of "AGAIN".To be born From above is to be in one ACCORD with God By HIS standards,in order to recieve His acceptance & graces which is what a child is INNOCENT."heaven is made of as such as these"The Humility expressed is what is required. Self examination,shows that likeness of christ to each other as He did to you.
---Emcee on 4/29/07

Been reborn means from the time we accept the lord in our lives we are a new creation, all our sins are forgiven and we are made as new. Ok if this is not taught in the manner of which the bible explains it. You can be decieved that you are not really saved because no one has explained that the consequences of sin will be fresh in the memory until we grasp the context of how free we were of our past through scripture. we can sink into sin over and over again.
---Carla5754 on 4/29/07


It is important to counsel a new Christian and pray with them to enable them to understand that process of belief that they are truly free but will definitely get a visit from satan to tell them different. What we ought to be doing is equipping them to have a prayer handy to whip satan with when he comes with his lies of their past.
---Carla5754 on 4/29/07

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Mima::From all that has been expressed in a spirit of perpetuity does not scratch the surface I still quote Jesus Words "FROM ABOVE"& not Nicademus's assumption of "AGAIN".To be born From above is to be in one ACCORD with God By HIS standards,in order to recieve His acceptance & graces which is what a child is INNOCENT."heaven is made of as such as these"The Humility expressed is what is required. Self examination,shows that likeness of christ to each other as He did to you.
---Emcee on 4/29/07

William_Halverson if being born-again is not a one-time experience what is this verse speaking about?"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," --- where does it say that this seal spoken of can ever be broken?
---Mima on 4/29/07

Helen, I answered your question, so can you answer mine on the Scripture you specifically asked me about?
---augusta on 4/29/07

William, a lot of things don't make sense to us. This is why God's Word is a guide. Lean not on your own understanding.
---Jason_Wyler on 4/29/07

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You have shown hatred towards a lot of people here, caring. Go back and read your past reply's if you want proof. You can't fool us, but most of all, YOU CAN'T FOOL GOD.
---Bob on 4/29/07

Some ofyou condemn us to hell, insult our Church, call us evil and then you accuse me of hatred. That's hypocrisy.

I see more attacks on us than true Christian discussions. I won't discuss issues with you since whatever we say is wrong and you dogmatically tell us that we are wrong. Believe what you want to believe.
---Caring on 4/29/07

Marie, when someone says: "I was a Catholic and God called me out of there", it's a direct insult to Catholics so please don't expect me to be gentle with Ernie.
---Caring on 4/29/07

As the converted we are born again- Tit. 3:5- "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, (including water baptism), but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." Our spiritual rebirth has absolutely nothing to do with what we have done, but rather what Father has done for us, in us & continues to do through us.
---joseph on 4/29/07

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I see a lot of passages and discussion on salvation, but not specifically on being born again. The term "born again" has a very specific Biblical meaning and is connected to salvation, but this spiritual rebirth through water baptism is just a beginning.
---lorra8574 on 4/28/07

It does not make sense to believe that being "Born Again" was supposed to be thought of as a one-time experience.

The Law that was given to Israel was to be followed everyday. The same applies to following Christ's example once we have accepted Him for what He did.

As we continually learn the meaning of Christ's death, we continually understand how important it is to be faithful.
---William_Halverson on 4/28/07

Helen 5378, Romans 10:9-10 does not say how one is born again, but is dealing with a specific aspect of our salvation. The problem that many have is that they take a passage that they like (and this one is certainly true as far as it goes) and use it in isolation as if it supersedes all other passages.
---lorra8574 on 4/28/07

We absolutely need Scripture to back up what born again means. If you overemphasize the Holy Spirit, and are only led by the prompting of the Holy Spirit - without the Word of God; you will open yourself up to many voices.
The devil is a deceiver, you can think you are hearing from the Holy Spirit and an unholy spirit can play with your emotions.
Without the Word of God, you can fall into Scriptural error.
We must check all prompting of the Holy Spirit against the Word of God for truth.
---Gabrielle on 4/28/07

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caring, Ernie showed no hate towards you, why are you lying. Also, why are you striking out in hate towards him? He did or said nothing out of line to you. Go back and read Ernies, replys and then go back and read yours. Tell me who is of God, and who is of the Devil. You are not Born Again for sure. This I know. This has nothing to do with Catholics. I'm not Catholic, but there are some very nice ones here. You are a poor example.
---Marie on 4/28/07

Caring, Do you look at yourself as a small person? I feel sorry for you. This is a Christian site, not a grievance committee. You need the Lord Jesus to change your heart.
---Gail on 4/28/07

When you get saved from sin, Jesus takes all of it and nails it to the cross, not just some sin but all of it. When his life lives in you you will not sin, but instead you will do well. Confess and forsake all sin, and live for Jesus. Ask Jesus to make you truly born-again, to take away all your sin and to be one with him. He will only transform what you surrender up to him, and he cannot convert anything into Christ or Christ-likeness that you hold on to. And whom the Lord sets free is free indeed.
---Eloy on 4/28/07

Augusta - ("Helen, We confess Christ at our baptism and confirmation. Not to mention we also confess Him everytime we go to mass.") -- Wow, you sure know how to twist and distort Scripture to your own destruction. You mean to tell me that little babies that are baptised into the RCC manage somehow at that point to confess Jesus? You really truly must be joking. (continued...)
---Helen_5378 on 4/28/07

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Moderator, I have always respected your position and opinions in the Lord. I know you cannot tell who comes to these blogs. Some are not Christian, that is obvious. But when a Christian has a wonderful testimony and is not putting anyone down and they are attacked and abused, this is not right, and sends a bad message to a soul who is seeking the truth. Can anything be done? God bless.
---Betty on 4/28/07

2/... Augusta, what I remember clearly about my confirmation in the RCC was the visiting Bishop who slapped my right cheek. It really did hurt and I would have loved to have slapped him right back. I also took a vow to not drink until I was 21. I started drinking when I was about 17 or so and ended up quickly an Alcoholic. Not one single thing about confessing Jesus let alone being told who Jesus was.
---Helen_5378 on 4/28/07

caring you,re the one who is brainwashed. I can safely say that you are not a Christian. Not a good example of your faith. You have no fruit and you need the love of Christ in your heart. I don't think that any genuine Christian would disagree with me. May God have mercy on your soul. I love ChristiaNet and I enjoy corresponding with other Christian's here and being able to minister the truth of God's grace. You can not destroy what God has done. He is my strenght and I love Him. Praise His name forever!
---John6747 on 4/28/07

Caring: You know I enjoy coming to Christian-Net and the company of Christians on here, even if we all don't totally agree on everything. I like to believe that we have one thing in common, and that is Jesus. But when you, Caring come here to strike out on someone else's belief with your seething remarks and hate, it makes me sad. Where is your love? It's a shame that there is not more control on who comes to these blogs. Maybe there is a way. You caring, need a heart transplant. You need Jesus.
---Mike on 4/28/07

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When I came to this site, I thought that I would find only God's truth and love. This is certainly different than any Christian site that I have been on. I see very little understanding and respect of some here. I guess all that come here are not Christians. shame.
---Linda on 4/28/07

Ernie said: "caring, Don't mock what you don't understand. Be careful here. What I said was true, in the name of Jesus."

You show your hatred "in the name of Jesus" and I'm supposed to take you seriously, right?

Stop being a fanatic Ernie and learn how to talk sense and not parroting what you have been brainwashed with.
---Caring on 4/28/07

A born again person who is disobedient and unrepentant will lose his salvation because he has become an enemy of God and God will not invite His enemies into His eternal kingdom.

Salvation is free but it will cost us everything to follow Jesus Christ (Luke 14:33). We are saved by grace which is free, but we must "not receive in vain the grace of God".
---Rachel on 4/27/07

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Please read chapter 10 of the Book of Hebrews.

It is a warning to believers. The Lord will never give warnings if it is not possible to reap the very consequences stated in the warnings when ignored.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

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If I am saved and can never lose my salvation, why would the Lord bother to tell me to be careful. Why would he tell me that if I reject Him by sinning against him repeatedly, I will be punished more severely than those who perished under the law of Moses.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

I was hoping for more responses using scripture rather than opinion. How about these:

John 3:3-7 speaks of being born again, and it continues in 22-23 with baptism.
1 Peter 1:23 speaks of being born again and this written with a spiritual flavour, but should not be taken without knowledge of the rest of scriptures.
---lorra8574 on 4/27/07

P2: Titus 3:5 - Regeneration is a fancy word for "born again" (rebirth).
Rev. 1:5 and 7:14 washed clean in the blood of the lamb.

Acts 22:16 "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."

To be born again is to be baptised into Christ.
---lorra8574 on 4/27/07

King David committed grievous sins of murder and adultery, he did not continue in sin. He repented. Otherwise he would have been rejected because God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 He that is born of God doth not commit sin. 1 John 3:9 He doesn't continue in sin. A believer may fall, yes but the choice is his as to whether he wants to return to the Lord and live again spiritually or remain in sin and spiritual death because the wages of sin is always death.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

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A person enters into a relationship with the Lord when he repents of sins, believing in Jesus' death on the cross for him. He makes a decision. He will have the option of staying with that decision or not throughout his life on earth. If he chooses to go back to the world, God says that he becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world's friend makes himself God's enemy.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

That is written to believers. Will God allow any enemies into Heaven to dwell with Him? Absolutely not. The warning is that if any believer goes back to the world, then they become an enemy of God and they must repent while there is still time or be lost. God states that He will disown or deny those who disown Him, because He cannot deny Himself, His Character, His Word, His Promises, Warnings, Purpose etc. Tim 2:12-13
---Rachel on 4/27/07

The Grace of God can be, " received in vain", "can be despised", can be rendered ineffective in the believers life by none other than the believer himself. Some may say but no one can stop Gods grace, for it is sovereign; it will see us through no matter what.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times. The Lord had interceded in prayer for his recovery already and he did come back and was accepted. Peter repented thoroughly of his sin. How many cleverly minimize or even completely exclude the fact that Peter needed to repent. His restoration was not automatic in that it did not occur without Peter doing his part. Though the Lord made all the provision, he had to repent of his own volition.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

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Just go through the entire Bible and find one servant, one child, one prophet, one apostle of God who had sinned and was welcomed back and received by the Lord while in an unrepentant, rebellious state.

Some may say,"But Jesus Himself prayed for Peter; the Lord protected him - before, during and after his sin and besides the prayer of the Son of God never fails."
---Rachel on 4/27/07

It is the height of presumption, to think that the Lord will wait indefinitely. That He will make a continual, never-ending provision, because of the Father-son relationship, so that His child may repent from his sin. We will "automatically" be set right and made ready for His appearing just because we are His children. No, the Scriptures say, (Jude 1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
---Rachel on 4/27/07

The prayer of Jesus never fails.
It is we who as a result of our disobedience fail to reap the benefits of His prayer/intercession. It is we who on account of our own sin/disobedience fail to receive all His promises. It is we who fail to receive His forgiveness into our lives by not confessing and forsaking our sins (Proverbs 28:13)
---Rachel on 4/28/07

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