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The New Birth

Jesus Christ is the Deliverer of God's people, not just a physical delivery (of which the ancient physical Exodus was merely a prophetic prototype), but delivery as a birth. The Kingdom of God will be populated by natural-born citizens, all with the same Father (God) and all with the same mother (the Church of God is often described as a woman). Being "born again" isn't just a physical state of mind in this life, it's a future actual birth, to spirit (see the Fact Finder question below).

"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"

Christ's well-known, but often misunderstood, "born again" teaching was given to the Pharisee Nicodemus, who became a believer (Nicodemus and Joseph Of Arimathea placed the Body of Christ in the Tomb; see also The Son Rose As The Sun Set), as did some of the other Pharisees, eventually (see Was Paul Among Them?).

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"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [see When Will You Be Judged?]. 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness see The Bronze Serpent], even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:1-15 KJV)

Nicodemus was also the recipient of Christ's very famous and often-quoted "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" (John 3:16 KJV) - words that describe the delivery of God's children into the world to come, on earth.

"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. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:16-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "born again" really mean? When will it happen?
See Born Again, How and When?; also When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?


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