THE NEW BIRTH
TRUTHS ABOUT ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We observe today a growing skepticism in the world towards the church because the so called “born again” Christians are as sinful as the unbelievers. This is because though saved, the life of Christ is yet to take dominion and bear fruit in us.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee…that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. John 3:3-4, 5a, 6 (KJV)
To understand what it means to be born again, we must know that all truth is parallel. This is a foundational principle that we need when interpreting the mysteries of God’s kingdom. Like Nicodemus who did not understand Christ was referring to a spiritual birth, the born-again “experience” is often misunderstood by the church to be the same thing as “giving your life to” Christ, but this is not the true meaning of the message Christ was trying to convey to Nicodemus.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. John 3:3 (KJV) “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”. John 3:5 (KJV)
Actually, when we study the conversation Christ had with Nicodemus in John 3, we shall discover that there are three different births mentioned. Nicodemus spoke about (1)the physical birth when he asked, “Can a man enter his mother’s womb a second time?”. We are first born into the world through human parentage. In this realm we come into the knowledge of the physical world through our physical senses and we read the word of God through our mind. So, we are controlled by our senses and intellect. Furthermore, Christ mentioned two other levels of spiritual birth or regeneration. The levels are (2)the spiritual birth and (3)the divine birth!
When Jesus said we that we must be born of the spirit to see or perceive the kingdom of God, he was talking of the spiritual birth. This is when we are born into the spirit so that we can receive spiritual knowledge of the word of God called Revelation Knowledge. This is not automatic, but occurs in the process of time as we walk with Christ, when the cross of Christ begins to crucify our carnal or fleshly tendencies. Then we will have the spirit-nature inside begin to rule our flesh so that we can spiritually perceive the kingdom of God by revelation. This is just the first level and the beginning of true spiritual regeneration for we are not yet perfect at this point. We have only become spiritual and have only begun birthing the divine and incorruptible life in us.
When Jesus said that we must be born of the spirit and water to enter the kingdom of God, he was talking of the divine birth. The water mentioned here is the word of God. To be born of the spirit and water means that when we receive the word into us spiritually, we will experience regeneration. When the process of inward regeneration is completed it gives us divine fullness and perfect righteousness. Until we are thoroughly regenerated to perfection we cannot enter into the incorruptible power and glory of the kingdom of God. To enter the kingdom of God we must be thrice-born.
SEEING AND ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The modern teaching and understanding in the church about the kingdom of God is that it refers to heaven. This is a true, but incomplete understanding of the message of the kingdom and it is why we see little change in the lives of most Christians today.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”. Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV)
What Christ meant was that a heavenly kingdom was coming to Earth and through a process of spiritual regeneration we can enter into that kingdom HERE and NOW.
When we genuinely repent and give our lives to Christ, we become a vessel for the birthing of Christ in us. Christ then comes to live within us and He starts to manifest that righteousness that men see and say “you are different”, something about you has changed. This is why Paul Apostle said “I no longer live, it is Christ that lives in me… Galatians 2:20 (KJV)”.
True inward change starts when a man experiences spiritual sight and he begins to partake of divine life from Christ through the revelation of the word of God. Then he will begin to cast off the old natural life with its sinfulness and experience the new life that is divine, holy and supernatural – this is the true spiritual birth.
TRUTHS ABOUT ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
There are three truths we must recognize about seeing and entering the kingdom:
- We see the kingdom of God when through spiritual birth our spiritual eyes are opened to perceive and understand the spiritual realities of the kingdom of God , not when we go to heaven (See John 3:3). SEEING IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING.
- We enter the kingdom of God when we experience the incorruptible righteousness and divine life of the kingdom now, not when we die (See Romans 14:19). ENTERING IS ABOUT HAVING AN EXPERIENCE, NOT ABOUT GOING TO A PLACE.
- WE SEE FIRST, BEFORE WE ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. If we don’t get the revelation, we will never enter the realm of experience, even upon death. This is why Christ said “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”(See Matthew 7:21). Also God told Abraham that he would inherit as far as he could see. Having some form of “church” experience is not equal to walking in the kingdom experience. The fall-out of these misconception is glaring even to the unbelievers , the decadence we see amidst churches on every street calls for The Reformation of Church.