What does it mean to be Born Again, and why do I need to be Born Again?
What does it mean to be Born Again, and why do I need to be Born Again? These are questions that over the years and in this brief discourse I will try to explain why these two questions are the most important questions that you will ever have to answer. In order for us to have an understanding of all the issues involved we need to start at the beginning. As we read the Genesis account of man’s creation [Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:7-9, Gen. 2: 20-25] we understand that God created the man by a special creation and then the woman by a special creation out of Adam’s rib. When you read the whole Genesis account of chapters one and two you find that all of creation except for the man and woman were just called into being. God had something better for the man and the woman. God placed the man in the garden where there was abundance of food and water and was in a complete utopia, all that we are trying to get today was freely given to Adam and Eve. God would even come in the cool of the day and commune with Adam [Gen. 3:8-10]. Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment, with abundance of food and water and could commune with God on a daily basis, yet all this was about to change. God spoke and told the man that he could eat of any tree of the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day you eat of it you shall die [Gen 2:15-17]. You might ask why did God do that, and put a tree they could not eat of. I have always held to the opinion without choice there is no real love, and God gave them a soul with free will to choose. God desires you to love and serve Him out of your free will and a heart of love and thankfulness for all He has given us. Up till chapter three there was no sin, no death, no sickness, no disease, no pain, no sorrow, no regrets, no broken hearts, etc. everything was good with the man and the woman and in God’s eyes. We have now the temptation of the woman by the serpent [Gen. 3:1-7], who scripture identifies as the devil himself shrouded, from what his true intent is [2 Corinthians 4:4-6], for he truly is a liar and deceiver[Revelations 20:2-3, 10, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 14]. Chapter three of Genesis opens up with the serpent talking to the woman, and in the conversation they have, the serpent is telling the woman that God will not really do as He said, that God is hindering you from having something that would make you more complete. The devil attacks the nature and character of God, and this is exactly what he does today. We see that the woman was tricked into eating the fruit and that she gave it to Adam and that he also ate of it, as the account goes on we see the LORD coming to commune with them and they have hid themselves from the LORD. When Eve and then Adam ate of the fruit, we see that something happened, the scriptures say “they knew they were naked”; this means that there innocence was gone and they knew something had changed. At the moment they ate of the fruit, Adams physical life [as well as Eve] started to fade away, their heart started to beat itself down to death. If that was not bad enough something else happened that was more devastating, that relationship with God they had enjoyed now was broken, their relationship with God could not be as it was and eventually they were driven out of the home God had created for them, never to return. Disobeying the word of the LORD, had caused them to sin and sin had expose them to the world, the flesh and the devil. The world, because they could not be under the protection of God as they were, the flesh because now there was a new enemy and it resided within your own heart, the devil because he now had access to control them where he didn’t before. As we are told in Isaiah, your iniquities have hid God’s face from you, and your sins have separated you [Isaiah 59:1-3]. In the midst of so much gloom and doom it is God that makes a promise that He will one day crush the head of the serpent, through the seed of the woman. Women are not the ones that have the seed, but what the LORD was saying is that one was going to come that was as the scriptures tell us born of a virgin [Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 1:26-35], this was done so that this one would be from both worlds, born from the woman he would be in every way human [Galatians 4:4-6,Hebrews 10:3-10, 1 Timothy 3:16] , except for sin [ 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 9:14-15, 2 Corinthians 5:21], and as being God, he could be a perfect mediator [1 Timothy 2:5] to reconcile that which was lost/broken back to God. You can now confess your sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness and accept the gift of eternal life that was bought at the cross of Christ. All that you have to do is say with your mouth and believe in your heart. Just say something like this [it is not so much the words but the sincerity of the heart in what you are saying]. Dear Father God, I ask that you will forgive me of all my sins that I have committed. I relinquish every area of my life to you. Any ground given to Satan because of my sin I surrender to you now. I acknowledge that I can be forgiven and my sins paid for only because of Jesus Christ dying in my place. I ask that you will fill me with the Holy Spirit of God and make me a child of God. That you Father, will take full control of my life and teach me of your ways. In the name of Jesus