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How To Be Born Again

Mainstream churches have lost touch with the meaning of being ´born again´.
Some now declare people to be ´born again´ after repeating a simple confession of
sins, a prayer of repentance and an invitation to Jesus to be in their heart.  This
leaves people with an empty feeling because it is a lie.

The confession of sins and the prayer of repentance is the water baptism of John
the Baptist. It washes a person´s soul (or mind) and prepares the way for the baptism
of Jesus Christ which is in the Holy Spirit. When baptized in the Holy Spirit a person dies
to his old life. His evil spirit in him which always desired his own good dies and he receives
the Holy Spirit which desires the good of others.

Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. (1 Corinthians 10:24)

A person can only be ´born again´ after he dies. This death is not physical but spiritual.
A person must die to his own spirit (or desire). He must stop doing things that work
toward his own pleasure or benefit. Then he must start doing things which work for
the pleasure or benefit of others - this is the Holy Spirit at work in him. This is the part
of being ´born again´ which has been lost in these last days when many people are
spreading lies in the name of Jesus.

Jesus said, ´Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.´

The way of the world says, ´Do unto others as would benefit myself the most´. This is
the evil spirit in people that must die.

This new life as a child of God is available to all who are willing to obey the teachings of
Jesus in His Gospel. The Sermon on the Mount concentrates much of the teachings of
Jesus. You can read it in the Gospel of Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7.

The promise of Jesus is that if anyone obeys His commandments He and the Holy Spirit
will
come into his heart and give him a new life to replace the one he gave up.  That is
how a person is ´born again´. It is very simple but requires faith in the teachings of Jesus.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that

loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us,
and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep
my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode
with him. (John 14:21-23)

This is a reward for faith - like Abraham received a reward for obeying and believing
what God told Him. If a person can believe that Jesus is telling the truth and obey His
teachings contained in His Gospel, then he is a Son of Abraham - following in faith like him
to possess the Promised Land (which is within us, not in Israel).

He must continue on in faith through many hardships to get the promised rewards.
If he is faithful until death, he is promised to receive a new life in a new body.

Until then he is rewarded with the Holy Spirit which frees him from sin by removing
all desire to sin from him. When filled with the Holy Spirit he is connected to the
´Body of Christ´. He receives instructions and gifts from this connection to Jesus (the
head of the Body). He will do the will of Jesus the Head because he is a part of His
body.

It seems very few people are actually ´born again´, although very many people think
they are. You can tell who is ´born again´ by what they do. Do they usually seek the
welfare of others and follow the commandments of Jesus? If so, they may be ´born
again´. If not, they are still living the old life and are not ´born again´.

Beware of churches which are filled with people seeking the ´wide and easy´ way.
You will find people there with all sorts of excuses for not obeying the commands of
Jesus. You may think yourself safe among such a large crowd of false Christians, but
there is no safety in numbers. There is danger in numbers because Jesus said that
only a few find the way. The true believers are not likely to be found there.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth
to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  (Matthew 7:13-14)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then
am I strong. (2Corinthians 12:9-10)