Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT)
Is it really possible to be born again? How is a person born again? The phrase “born again” has been misused and abused by a lot of people. Most people think that being born again means that one is a member of a certain religious sect instead of a state of being in God.
Jesus explains that just like the wind, we do not and cannot know who will be born again nor when it will be. To be born again means to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit in Christ. The apostle Paul tells us that “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
Just as we did not choose to be born or to exist in this world, so it is with regeneration. Our existence in this world is usually the result of our parents’ choice or of God Himself. Scripture teaches that we were dead in our sins (Eph. 2:5; Col. 2:13).and dead persons are unable to do anything. Indeed, it is only through the work of God in making us alive in Christ that we are able to exercise our faith because left to ourselves, there is nothing we can do. Hence, for us to be able to accept God’s saving grace through faith, we first must be made alive by the Holy Spirit. This is why regeneration is essential to our salvation.