Regeneration - Rebirth - Born Again


Christian Rebirth


Born again equals Born of Water plus Born of Spirit

Since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, mankind has been in need of regeneration.

The unregenerate man is unable to come into God's presence and commune with him because of sin.

Sin is to disobey God or rebel against him.

God wants us to depend on him, to trust in him and to love and obey him.

God wants to remove sin so that he can live in our heart and become our Lord and Savior.

When God comes and lives in our heart and takes away the guilt of sin, this is called regeneration.

God lives in our heart by His Spirit which we receive when we are Baptised in the Spirit.

We receive the Spirit by Believing in Christ's redemptive work on the Cross.

It is God who decides when to Baptize us with his Spirit.

We choose when to be Baptized in Water.

Rebirth = Our Choice + God's Choice

He will only Baptize us with His Spirit when we truly believe in him and invite him to be our Lord and Saviour.

Baptism in water alone cannot save you. We must believe and have the Spirit.

Baptism in water is an Outward symbol of what God does Inwardly.

Rebirth = Inward Baptism + Outward Baptism

Under the New Covenant, the only way to be Born Again is by Baptism in the Spirit.

Under the Old Covenant, it was possible to be Born Again by Circumcision by the Spirit.

Rebirth = Inward Circumcision + Outward Circumcision

Nobody can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again.



Born again equals Born of Water plus Born of Spirit


The Gospel of John was written by John in about 100AD to clear up some issues for the Church. John was the last disciple to die.

John is the only Gospel that mentions the term 'Born Again'. He says that nobody can enter the kingdom of God unless they are Born Again.

To be Born Again, you must be Born of Water and Born of the Spirit.

Why is it that none of the other Gospels mention the term Born Again?

If Born Again is such an important thing, then how come Matthew, Mark and Luke do not mention it?

The answer is that Regeneration (Born Again) is the same as Baptism in the Spirit.

Baptism in the Spirit is mentioned at the beginning of every Gospel. John came to baptize with Water for repentance but Jesus came to Baptize with the Holy Spirit and Fire.

Baptism in the Spirit and Regeneration are the beginning of our walk with Jesus. They are the same as 'Receiving the Spirit' which is how we become a 'Child of God'.

We are all baptized into the Body of Christ by one Spirit.

This explains why Matthew, Mark and Luke do not use the term Born Again, as it is the same as Baptism in the Spirit which happens at Conversion when we believe and accept Jesus as Lord.

Why then do we need the term 'Born Again' if it is the same as Baptism in the Spirit?

Jesus first used the term 'Born Again' when he was visited by Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a leader of the Pharisees, a member of the Sanhedrin; a teacher of Israel.

The Jews were God's Chosen People and Jesus was a Jew himself. The Jews had an eternal covenant with God symbolized by circumcision. Circumcision was not just outward; it was necessary to be circumcised inwardly by the Spirit (circumcision of the heart by the Spirit) in order to be a Jew. 
Nicodemus recognised that Jesus had come from God. Jesus said that nobody could even see the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again. Nicodemus asked how an old person could be Born Again to which Jesus replied that nobody can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are Born of water and the Spirit. The wind blows where it wills; so it is with everybody who is Born of the Spirit. Jesus said "You are Israel's teacher and yet you do not know all these things!!".

Jesus expected Nicodemus to know all about Spiritual rebirth as it was just as intrinsic to the teachings of the Old Testament as the New Testament.

Jesus was introducing the term Born again to refer to all who a spiritually regenerated whether it is under the Old or the New Covenant.

The term 'Born Again', therefore, refers to both Baptism in the Spirit and Circumcision by the Spirit.

Now, the only way to be Born Again is by Baptism in the Spirit. 
Jesus is the one who Baptizes with the Spirit when he feels we are good and ready.

see Baptism in the Holy Spirit

see Receiving the Spirit is the same as Baptism in the Spirit

See Receiving the Spirit is Regeneration




Many different terms for Regeneration



God people could have been Born of Water

in a number of different ways



The Term 'Born Again' includes all the Children of God in the Old and the New Testament