Born Twice!

ACFF4329-9BC7-4F25-B556-CC3B653F0EDFI was born the first time in the midst of World War II. I was born the second time twelve years later. No, I did not physically die, nor was I reincarnated. But both births were miraculous. My first birth was physical in nature. My second birth was spiritual. I was directly involved in both births, but simply as a participant. Someone else did all of the hard work for me!

At this point you might be pondering the same question that Nicodemus asked Jesus one night in a one on one conversation recorded in the Bible in John chapter 3.

Jesus Talking to Nicodemus- Crijn Hendricksz Volmaryn 1601-1645

” Jesus Talking to Nicodemus- Crijn Hendricksz Volmaryn 1601-1645

John 3:1-6 (ESV) – Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again [Born Twice] he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit [Born Twice], he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit [Born Twice].

My earthly mother carried me in her womb for nine months providing everything that I needed. Without her I would not have been born that first time. Inside of her I grew, kicked, rolled and generally made her miserable those last few months before I was born … nine pounds and fifteen ounces! … somewhat of a whopper I would say!

My mother and father paid the price for my physical birth and willingly and faithfully provided for my care until I left home and married my sweet wife. I am so grateful to my parents who taught me right from wrong, the value of hard work, the necessity for honesty and integrity, how to choose the right friends, and so much more. They provided me with all of my physical and emotional needs … cleaning my wounds, caring for me when I was sick, comforting me when I was upset, holding me in their arms when I needed assurance, helping me overcome my troubles and fears, disciplining me when I went astray, hugging me when I sought forgiveness, encouraging me when I was afraid.

I don’t remember my first birth, but I remember my second birth just like it was yesterday. You see, I accepted by faith Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord as a twelve-year-old boy; and in the words of Jesus Himself (John 3:3), I was/am “born again.” The Amplified Bible (AMP) provides a wonderful translation of John 3:3 when it says in part ” … I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

Jesus did all that was necessary for my salvation (the saving of my soul from sin and its consequences; the deliverance or redemption from sin and its effects). God loved the world so much that He did ALL that was required to pay the price for my sins. John 3:16 says it so simply. I will quote it from memory the way I learned it as a child: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life (KJV).”

My second birth didn’t just provide forgiveness of my sins (justification) and the assurance of an eternal life with God in Heaven forever. No indeed! When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, God immediately sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within me and begin the life-long process of my santification. The Holy Spirit will continue as my ever-present companion for the remainder of my earthly life by protecting me, convicting me, restraining me, encouraging me, serving as my intercessor, teaching me, renewing me, guiding me, comforting me.  And when the last trumpet sounds at the Second Coming of Christ I will experience glorification along with ALL of those who have been Born Twice!

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The True Vine and The Vinedresser

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Are you a gardener?  I am.  My wife and I have a raised bed flower and vegetable garden and a small orchard that we enjoy each spring, summer and fall. We have learned so much about God through the process … Continue reading

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Made in the Holy Image of God

2019-02-06  – “Made in the holy image of God”—The One Specific Moment in Last Night’s State of the Union that Highlights Our Culture’s Vast Worldview Divide – an Essay by Dr. Albert Mohler Dr. Mohler’s Essay captures the essence of … Continue reading

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Longing for Springtime

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I am so ready for spring and early summer in our Mentone Flower and Vegetable garden! Enjoy some of our memories from last year at this link.    

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I Learned A Lot From Sterling

I share this with my friends and followers … a wonderful tribute to Pastor Sterling Lynn … Home with Jesus.

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Why Are You Afraid?

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Background: I was reading a devotion from one of my favorite publications 1  today and was inspired to do a little research.  The focal verse for the devotion is Matthew 8:26 (ESV) –  And He [Jesus] said to them, “Why are … Continue reading

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Two Gates, Two Paths, Two Destinations

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As Jesus was wrapping up The Sermon on the Mount, recorded in the Bible by Matthew in chapters 5-7, He presented the crowds with the opportunity to make an important personal decision.  Hearers were presented with a life altering choice … Continue reading

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His Way

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Background: In the last days before His brutal crucifixion, agonizing death, glorious resurrection, and ascension back to Heaven, Jesus and His disciples gathered for the Feast of the Passover.  During supper, knowing that the appropriate time had come and in … Continue reading

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Eternal Life Secured

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The Gospel writer John records the words of Jesus describing Himself as The Good Shepherd in John 10. Jesus uses a remarkable analogy that would have been totally familiar to those  following Him through the Temple during the Feast of … Continue reading

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Growing in Wisdom

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My heart’s desire in the coming year is to”grow in wisdom.” Wisdom doesn’t just grow with age. Wisdom is not simply acquired through education. Admittedly, some wisdom is learned through life experiences.  But “true” wisdom is a gift from God. … Continue reading

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