September 9

John 3:1-8

Born of the Spirit

There was a man whose name was Nicodemus. He belonged to a group called the Pharisees—religious leaders who often cared more about their own rules than they did about people. They did not believe the things Jesus taught and were jealous because many people had started to follow Him.

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night because he was afraid of being seen by the other Pharisees. “Master,” he said to Jesus, “we know that you are a teacher from God who does miracles.”

Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth: no one can become part of God’s Kingdom unless he is born again.”

“How can an old man be born again?” Nicodemus asked. “Can his mother give birth to him a second time?”

Jesus replied, “No one can come to God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”

Can I be born twice?

It is obvious that you have been born once. The proof is that you are alive. However, you can be born a second time—and this time the choice is up to you!

The first birth - When you were born into a family as a tiny baby, you became part of your family and took on the family name (your surname).

The second birth – When you become a child of God, you are born into His family and take on Christ’s name—you become a Christian (Christ’s one).

To be born again you must believe in Jesus, ask Him to save you, and trust Him to give you new life. The proof that you have become His child is that the Holy Spirit comes to live in you. You won’t feel Him inside you, but from that moment on, He will start changing your heart and help you to follow God’s ways (1 John 3:24).

Verse for today

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 1 John 5:18