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You Have Been Born Again

October 5, 2019

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

So you’ve become a Christian. You said a prayer. You made a commitment. But what actually happened? What caused you to make this commitment when you did? Why did you do it when you did and not at some other time—either when you were younger, or at some point later on in your life?

Peter goes straight to the explanation: “He has given us new birth” (1:3) or in other words, “You have been born again.” There is a great deal of confusion today over what is meant by this phrase born again. People sometimes ask: “Are you a born-again Christian?” as if this was just one brand among many.

When the Bible says that you have been born again it means that God has brought a deep change at the very center of your being. He has given you a new nature, which means that you have a new disposition, a new appetite, and new capacities. We are going to explore together this peculiar change of nature that occurs in the life of every Christian.

How would you answer the question: “Are you a born-again Christian?” And what does this phrase mean to you?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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