By David J. Stewart
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.”
Chapter 11 — Ye Must be Born Again!
In John chapter three, Jesus told Nicodemus that unless he became born-again he could not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Nicodemus didn't understand and asked Jesus in John 3:4, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus replied in John 3:6,7, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Just as a person is born ONCE physically, so must a person be born ONCE, and only once, spiritually. It is IMPOSSIBLE to be born twice, whether physically or spiritually. Once a baby is born into the world, time cannot be erased. Likewise, when a person is born-again spiritually, i.e., born anew into God's family, that birth cannot be undone or redone.
Jesus did not say to be born again and again and again. No, rather, He just told Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." The saying is true, "If you're born twice, you die once; if you're born once, you die twice." That is, if you've been born-again into God's family, then you won't die the Second Death in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Notice that the Bible mentions the "second death." Thankfully, because of the blood sacrifice of our great Savior, Jesus Christ, we don't have to die the Second Death. But we MUST be born-again if we are to escape such horrid damnation. 1st Peter 1:23, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." The Word of God is the precious Seed by which we are born-again. Amen!
John 11:25, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." There are hundreds of New Testament references which tell us to believe on Jesus as the Christ for salvation, but none of them give indication or lead us to think that salvation can be lost, or that a person must be born-again more than once. The spiritual birth is as irreversible as the physical birth. The great Biblical doctrine of being BORN-AGAIN is solid proof against the notion that a person can lose salvation. It is absurd to think that an earthly mother could give birth to the same child twice. It is just as strange and absurd to claim that a born-again child of God could ever be unborn and be required to start all over again in the family of God.
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