Born Again?

In John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus that a person must be born again to see the kingdom of God. In response Nicodemus asked, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (vs 4) From this response we can see that Nicodemus thought that Jesus was referring to a physical birth. To this misunderstanding Jesus responded, “Most assuredly,…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (vs 5) When Jesus said, “…born of water…” He was not referring to the physical birth. The water which Jesus referred to was baptism. One is born of the water and the Spirit when he obeys Mark 16:16 and other such passages. How do we know that the baptism mentioned in Mark 16:16 was water baptism? Consider some bible examples: The eunuch in Acts 8:36 knew that water was necessary. He asked, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” In Acts 10:47, Peter asked the question, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized…?” Lest someone think that it is the water that saves a person, we must remind ourselves of what Peter said. Peter explains that it is not the water that saves a person; instead, it is his obedience to God’s command. (I Pet. 3:21) A person is saved by the grace of God when he is born again of the water and the Spirit. If you have not been born again, then please choose to be born of the water and of the Spirit. – by John Duvall