Born'd Again

"Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." (John 3:3 NIV)

The words "born again" are often used when describing a genuine salvation experience (or as some of my Southern Pentecostal friends affectionately call it "born'd again"). However, in extensive research given to the origins of the Christian faith, theologians and Biblical scholars have discovered that over 100 years ago the term "born again" was seldom or almost never found in Christian literature or true Gospel preaching. Rather the phrase "I was seized by the power of a great affection" was used to describe the breakthrough to a personal relationship with Jesus. It was also used as a visceral description of authentic conversion, the phenomenon of Pentecost, and the release of the Holy Spirit. Interestingly however, Jesus specifically used the term "born again" to effectively illustrate to Nicodemus that in order to perceive and experience the good news of freedom and life of the Kingdom, one must have a total recalibration of religious thinking. Being "born again" is not so much a message for sinners as it is for the religious mind. On the converse, the central message for those oppressed by the demand to adhere to religious systems is the gospel of GRACE. It is found in Jesus' own words... "Come to Me all you are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)

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