John 3:6,7 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again.
I am not so sure many who call themselves Christians really, really know what that means. What makes you a Christian? Is it simply “praying the prayer”? Maybe you think it is believing a certain set of beliefs. Still others may go for more of a works or lifestyle definition of what it means to be a Christian. What it really boils down to is this, what do you say makes someone a Christian? The answer is simple; Jesus said it like this, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. There it is, you must be born again, that is absolutely the only way. It is actually God Himself coming to make His home in our heart, there is just no other way. Here is how Martin Luther described it.
“By saying that believers remain in him and he in them, Jesus is making it clear that Christianity is not something we put on externally. We don’t put it on like clothes. We don’t adopt it as a new lifestyle that focuses on our own efforts, as do those who practice a holy lifestyle they have invented themselves. Rather, Christian faith is a new birth brought about by God’s Word and Spirit. A Christian must be a new person from the depths of the heart. Once the heart is born anew in Christ, these fruits will follow: confession of the gospel, love, obedience, patience, purity, and so on.”
I guess where many people make the huge mistake is this, they tend to think mankind is basically good, deserving an eternity in heaven. Many act as if we really have to be unusually horrible to spend an eternity separated from God. That is the fatal mistake. We are all born part of a fallen race. We are already in a state of separation that will last eternally unless there is a major change. That change is the work of God in the depths of our soul. This is why the religions of the world have no answers, only Christ can save because He Himself is the answer. So here is the question that has to be answered, have you been born again?