Unlimited: We Must Be Born Again

Jan 9, 2017 1142

“Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).”

Christ said these words to a nocturnal visitor two thousand years ago. On another occasions He expressed the same thought in the following way: “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). These “excepts” stand between every man and eternal life.

Consider the most frightening aspect of Christ’s words: “You must be born again”– namely, the character of the person to whom He spoke them. It was not to a Mary Magdalene, a lady of the night. It was not to Zacchaeus, a cheat and thief. Christ’s words were addressed to a man of spotless reputation who spoke Sabbath by Sabbath at one of the leading metropolitan churches:  Nicodemus, the teacher of Israel. (See John 3:10, RV.)

Which of us would claim a character as lofty as his or a mind as enlightened as his? Yet even Nicodemus needed to be born again. No wonder that when Wesley was asked why he preached so often on the text “You must be born again,” his reply was, “Because ‘you must be born again.'” – Desmond Ford

Eli’s Reflection: While we must be born again, it is also an experience we must revisit daily. “I die daily,” says the Apostle Paul. Do you die daily? Really? What can you do in your experience with Jesus, to make sure that you do?

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