2. BORN AGAIN
It may be hard for a person to understand that Jesus Christ has prepared a place for all those who follow Him. The reason for this is that He is talking about spiritual concepts. The Bible says:
I Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Just as an unborn child would not understand parents teaching it how to accept their love, care, food, and shelter until after it was born, the same is true in the spiritual. So to really understand, one must be born again spiritually! Let’s see what Jesus said to a man named Nicodemus.
John 3:3-7, 9, 12
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 water and 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... Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? … If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Here, Jesus lets us know we must be born again of water and of the Spirit to see or enter into the kingdom of God. Since it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:1 8), we can claim His promises.
How is it possible to be born again? The gospel of Jesus Christ will show us.
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
In other words, we want to make sure that we follow the plan Jesus left in His Word so that we can be prepared for the place He has for us. He lets us know the urgency to repent and believe.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Believe in original Greek means; give oneself wholly to.)
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.