On Being “Born Again”

What did Christ Jesus mean when he uttered the following words to Nicodemus:

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

If you are confused or unsure of the meaning of these words, you are not alone. Nicodemus was too, and he was an elite member of Jewish religious society, known as a Pharisee. He expressed his response to Jesus thusly:

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’ response to this question provides a partial hint as to his thinking on the topic:

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born or water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

One might infer that he equates rebirth with the “kingdom of God” and thus points to something higher and holier than Nicodemus’ more literal interpretation.

What do you think? The dialogue in question is found in the King James Bible translation, John 3. The Bible Hub website does a very nice job of providing parallel translations and commentaries on the passages so enjoy!




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