QUESTION: What is the NEW BIRTH or «Second Birth?»
John 3:1-8 Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:
for no man can do these miracles that thou doest,
except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily, I say unto thee,
EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN,
HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
Nicodemus saith unto him,
How can a man be born when he is old?
can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born
of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee,
YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is
BORN OF THE SPIRIT.
1st Birth | 2nd Birth
Physical Birth | Spiritual Birth
Water | Spirit
Flesh is Flesh | Spirit is Spirit
NOTE: The FIRST birth: Born of Water is, of course, the physical birth. We are carried in a sack of water which breaks at birth… born of water.
First Birth = Flesh Birth = Water of the Womb = Born of Water = flesh is flesh
John 1:11-13 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
NOTE: The SECOND birth: Born of the Spirit is the SPIRITUAL Birth or SPIRITUAL BAPTISM.
Second Birth = Spiritual Birth = Born of the Spirit = Must be Born Again = Spirit is Spirit
ANSWER: It is a Spiritual birth that takes place the instant a person trusts in Christ Jesus. This baptism of the Holy Spirit happens the moment we believe and happens to ALL BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS. Our dead spirit becomes quickened which means it becomes alive.
Romans 8:5-13 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after 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, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)