Children sometimes leave us feeling foolish when, after we have used a word or phrase, they ask, “What does that mean?” and we can’t tell them. Our embarrassment is a small matter; but there are some terms whose meaning are a matter of life and death. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again!” But what does that mean? To be wrong here is to miss heaven. Today’s devotional can really help you here. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
John 3:3 (ESV)
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“Make no mistake on this point; regeneration is the direct result of the supernatural operation of God. This needs to be stressed today, for regeneration has been so misrepresented by modern evangelists that to the popular mind the ‘new birth’ signifies nothing more than a process of reformation. But the new birth is no mere turning over of a new leaf and the endeavor to live a better life. The new birth is very much more than going forward in a religious meeting and taking the preacher’s hand; very much more than signing a card and ‘joining the church.’ The new birth is an act of God’s creative power, the impartation of spiritual life, the communication to us of the Divine nature itself.” [Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis II, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1922), p. 12]