Lifestyle of Holiness
Born Again, Now What?
Born Again, Now What?
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
When we have been “Born Again” of water (Baptized in Jesus’ Name) and The Spirit (The Holy Spirit) this is just the beginning of our new life in following Jesus Christ.
These two aspects of being Born Again accomplish two separate things that that work together as part of God’s gift to us.
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
When we are baptized in Jesus’ Name, the lifestyle of sin we had been living up to our moment of repentance, is washed away, forgiven, and removed from our record before our Creator.
This is what “remission of sins” is.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus says when we receive The Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit among us), we receive power, power to be witnesses.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Our human nature is naturally resistant to living in a way that is pleasing to God, but rather please and protect itself.
Since we grow up with this nature all of our lives, until we are Born Again, we identify with it as us and don’t realize that it is really fighting against us in living a