Saturday, July 30, 2011


(Born Again)

*The reason many professing Christians continue to live sinful lives
is that they have NOT been born again.
They are not saved.
*Jadi siapa yang ada di dalam Kristus, ia adalah ciptaan baru: yang lama sudah berlalu, sesungguhnya yang baru sudah datang.(2 Korintus 5: 17)
*If you are born once, then you die twice; If you are born twice, then you die once.(Unknown)
*Mate ma ho andorang so mate ho, asa ia dung mate ho, ndang mate be ho (“Matilah kau sebelum engkau mati; agar sesudah engkau mati, kau tidak mati lagi”.  (Unknown)

1.      Is it necessary to be born again?
o    It is absolutely necessary to be born again to be saved and enter the Kingdom of God.
o    John 3:1-7; I Pet. 1:23; Titus 3:5
2.      How did Jesus expect Nicodemus to know about the "new birth" from the Old Testament?
o    Jer. 31:33; 32:39; Ezek. 11:19;18:31; 36:25-27; Ps. 51:10; Isa. 1:18-20; 55:6
3.      The New Birth is not:
o    Water baptism, church membership, reformation, trying to do better, making resolutions to quit bad habits, giving money or service to the church, or trying to be a Christian without the life of Christ inside.
4.      Is it possible to be born again without Jesus Christ?
o    No. Salvation is through a Saviour, the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
o    Matt. 1:21; Acts 4:12; Rom. 6:23; I John 5:11-13; Luke 19:10.
5.      Is it for every person?
o    Yes, "whosoever will."
o    John 3:16, 17; Rom. 10:13; John 4:10-15; Rev. 22:17
6.      Why is it necessary to be born again and thereby receive salvation?
o    a. Because you have sinned.
§  Rom. 3:23; 1 John 1:10; Isa. 53:6.
o    b. Because of your lost and fallen condition:
§  (1) Your sins have separated you from God. Isa. 59:1,2.
§  (2) Mankind is depraved and inclined towards sin.
§  Gen. 6:5,6; Psalm 53:2,3; Isa.64:6; Eccl.8:11.
§  (3) The penalty of your sin.
§  Rom. 2:11-13; Rom. 6:23.
§  (4) You are spiritually dead.
§  Eph. 2:1; I John 5:12; St. John 3:36.
7.      How can a person be born again?
a. God's Part.
§  (1) Jesus Christ died in your place and for your sins so that you can be forgiven and receive that new life.
§  I Cor. 15:3; Isa. 53:5,6,12; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 2:9; I Pet. 3:18; Heb. 9:28; I Pet. 2:24; Rom. 5:8.
§  (2) Forgive sins.
§  Heb. 10:16,17; I John 1:9; Isa. 55:7; Isa. 43:25; Isa. 44:22, 1:18.
§  (3) Give Spiritual Life. Eph. 2:1,5; I John 5:11 13; St. John 3:1-7.
b. Your Part.
§  (1) Choose to be. Choose the way of Jesus instead of the way of Satan; choose to call on the Lord for salvation. Choose whom you will serve.
§  Josh. 24:15; Rom. 10:13.
§  (2) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Absolute trust.
§  John 3:16-18; John 8:24; I John 5:10.
§  (3) Receive Him. John 1:12.
§  (4) Repent. (Be sorry for your sins - confess them - leave them.)
§  Acts 3:19; Acts 2:38; Luke 13:5.
§  (5) Confess Christ openly. Rom. 10:9,10.
§  (6) Be Baptized.
§  Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:19.

8. Evidences of the New Birth (Born Again Experience).
  1. The Witness within of the Spirit.
    • Rom. 8:16; I John 5:10.
  2. The Witness of the Word of God. (The Record; The Promise) I John 5:10,11.
  3. The Witness of a Changed Life, resulting in:
    • a. Overcoming sin.
    • b. Feeding on the Word of God.
    • c. Growth towards spiritual maturity.
    • d. Winning others to Christ. (Bearing children In the spirit.)
      • (A doll cannot do these things because it doesn't have life.)
Billy Graham dalam bukunya The Holy Spirit (1978) berkata tentang “born again” antara lain:
-      Jesus said that the new birth is “mystery”. He uses the illustration of the wind blowing: we sense its effects, but we cannot see where it comes from or where it is going.
-      Sooner or later the new birth will manifest itself godly living.


[1] Bahan PA di HKBP New York, 20 Juli 2011.

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