7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7 (NASB)
Much of the controversy in the Church these days centers around the New Birth and what actually happens to those who believe. Some teach that a simple prayer of faith and baptism are all it takes. Some teach that all we have to do is let Jesus come into our lives and we are saved. However, the Bible is very clear that no one sees the Kingdom of God unless they are Born Again. Also, it is this “regeneration” that is the New Birth that changes a person from a Natural Man into a genuine Christian….
This New Birth is what enables a person to believe and be saved. The person is a New Creation, old things are passed away, behold, the new has come. This means that the light from the life of God in them will be manifest in a life that is growing in Grace. They are working in cooperation with God in their sanctification. This is not what justifies them in God’s eyes. Instead, He justifies them when they repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.