By Warren Litzman
“Ye must be born again” is a favorite sermon topic, but relatively few Christians really understand what it means to be born again. Why is it such a rare thing to hear a simple exposition of what the new birth means and what takes place when one is born again? This has always perplexed me because the fact is our supernatural birth is as real as our natural birth.
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Born Again VS Saved
By Don Byrd
A distinction is being made between the terms “born again” and “saved.” The real issue is: do either of these, or both, pertain to eternal salvation for humanity?
These are the only verses where the phrase “born again” is found in the 1611 Authorized King James Version Bible. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of Yahweh.” (John 3:3). “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7). “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of Yahweh, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23). Yahshua leaves it up to Paul to write about this mystery.
Why Paul does not use the “Born-again” phrase
It is my understanding that the reason Paul does not use the phrase “born again” is because no one other than Paul knew what “born again” means. The Jews had no knowledge of what being “born again” means. This phrase is used only three times in the entire 1611 Authorized King James Version Bible! Not only did the Jews not understand it, but most born-again believers do not understand it. This does not mean they are not born again it simply means they do not understand ‘the birthing’! The Jews understanding of what it means to be “saved” did not pertain to eternal salvation through the righteousness of “Yahshua in you.” They attempted to establish their “own righteousness” rather than the righteousness of Yahweh.
Confirmation: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of Yahweh, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2). “For they being ignorant of Yahweh’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Yahweh.” (Romans 10:3). Verse 10:3 plainly states the Jews were “ignorant of Yahweh’s righteousness” Yahweh’s righteousness is “Yahshua in you” which is the result of being “born again!” This is why the Jews never accepted Paul’s gospel of grace through “Yahshua in you” who is the righteousness of Yahweh. “Not according to knowledge” means they had no knowledge of what it meant to have “Yahshua in you” which is the “born-again” truth mentioned by Yahshua and then by Peter. The Jews “have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Yahweh.” This is why they do not understand the “mystery” of which Paul writes.
Neither Jews nor Gentiles would have accepted Paul’s gospel of grace if he had attempted to use the phrase “born again.” The “born-again birthing” is part of the “mystery” given to Paul through the revelation process administered by the Holy Spirit. Being “born again” is a vital part of the “mystery” of “Yahshua in you” which is the fullness of being “born again” or being “saved” as found in Ephesians 2:8. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh:” (Ephesians 2:8). The Jew never accepted Paul’s gospel of “Yahshua in you” which is the same thing as “born again” or “saved.”
Without being born again a person retains the old death-sin-nature because he is one of Adam’s posterity. As long as this individual is without the new birth he will remain a sinner because of the death- sin-nature in him. This means he will never know Yahweh as his Father and Yahshua as his brother. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12).
“Born Again” remains a mystery until it is revealed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit of Grace. Most born-again believers reject the “revelation” process because they do not understand its importance. (read more here)