In one of the most famous texts, Jesus – speaking at night to a religious leader in ancient Israel – said, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 Jesus is very clear here – unless you are born again, that is, unless something new happens to you – you can’t see the kingdom of God. In other words, you can’t have salvation.
Is Jesus teaching something different than salvation by faith alone?
Of course not. Instead, He’s teaching that the inevitable result of being justified – of being saved by faith – is a whole new life in Him, a new life characterised by the phrase born again.
After all, if birth is the beginning of one life, then what is being born again but the beginning of a new one?
And that is what happens to anyone who has given themselves in faith to Jesus, claiming His righteousness as their own.
The condemnation is removed, and they stand pardoned, forgiven, and justified before God. And their lives are changed as a result. Again, how can we pass from death to life, from alienation to reconciliation, from guilt to pardon, and our lives not be changed?
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