The New Birth

Many preachers claim that if an unsaved person accepts Christ as their Savior, they have experienced the New Birth, or “born again”. However, can such a claim be justified in scripture?

I question this because of my own ‘New Birth’ experience (John 3:8). What happened was that God placed a “new heart” within me (Ezek 36:26). This experience allowed me to “see” the state of God’s kingdom inside the churches, which to me was horrific.

Please let me explain.

An analogy of the New Birth

A natural birth is a good basis upon which to appreciate how the New Birth occurs. 

A natural birth requires a “seed” to fertilize the ‘egg’. Throughout the gestational period, the fetus grows to a point where it has to exit the womb. At birth, it then enters into this hostile world so that it can ultimately develop to its full potential. 

Similarly, the New Birth occurs, where:

  • The “seed” represents God’s words contained in scripture (Matt 13:23);
  • The “egg” represents the human heart – located inside our ‘Inner Man‘ (2 Cor 4:16);
  • The ‘nourishment’ that helps the fertilized ‘egg’ to grow into a fetus is “Truth” (1 John 3:18).
  • The spiritual forces that try to ‘abort’ this process are “false religious beliefs” (Gal 3:1).
  • If the unborn child of God overcomes these barriers, God arranges the New Birth — where once ‘born’, he or she can see what is in God’s kingdom on earth.

Understanding more about the New Birth

Firstly, no one has any choice as to who their parents are; their country of birth or what gender they might be.  These choices were all made by our Creator—God the Father.  The Bible indicates He knew each of us prior to our natural birth. This is because He says He knew the Prophet Jeremiah before he was born into this world, as stated below:

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, {5} BEFORE I FORMED THEE IN  THE BELLY [of thy mother] I KNEW THEE…

(Jer 1:4-5)

The Bible says that God treats all people equally (Acts 10:34). From the above verse it implies that He knew each of us before our parents conceived us. I understand that when the heart starts beating, it is at this point when God places our spirit into our fetus (1 Cor 2:11). At our birth, we then become a “living soul” (Gen 2:7 and Rev 16:3).

Moving from the world of the womb to this world is a “birth”. Moving from this world into the spiritual world where our Creator is requires the “New Birth” but the same experience (John 3:3-8)

Spirit-to-spirit communication

When Adam and Eve communicated with God (Gen 3:8), they probably communicated with each other spirit-to-spirit. This is because scripture says the tongue is “set on fire of hell” (James 3:6). Such (unholy) communication using the tongue with a holy God could not have happened. 

After Adam and Eve’s removal from the Garden of Eden – they were both cursed by God:

Unto the woman he [God] said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

(Gen 3:16-19)

And unto Adam he saidCURSED is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; {18} Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; {19} In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Gen 3:17

As every woman suffers pain during childbirth and as every man has to earn his daily bread by the sweat of his brow (i.e. ‘work’) these facts indicate that every child that enters into this world is born with a curse upon them from Adam and Eve. This results in all children being rebellious towards their parents and towards God.  In this ‘fallen’ state, every child needs a ‘savior’ from their spiritual destiny of spending eternity in Hell for offending God. 

The ‘Law’ and spiritual instruction

To eradicate ‘rebellion’ in the home, God requires all ‘natural’ fathers to teach their children to become good citizens (Prov 13:24). Sometimes this requires the use of discipline when necessary (Prov 13:24). However, when a person has a “born-again” experience, it is the study of the scriptures that instructs God’s ‘born-again’ (spiritual children) on the earth (Psalm 23:3; Prov 12:28) to prepare for their next life with Jesus (2 Cor 5:8).

Wherefore THE LAW [i.e. the Ten Commandments] was OUR SCHOOLMASTER to bring us unto Christ, that we MIGHT be justified by faith.”

Gal 3:24 

But AFTER THAT FAITH IS COME, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

Gal 3:25 

The above verses indicate that “faith” comes “AFTER” the lessons of ‘The Law’ have been learned.

Our Tongue is an Enemy of God

Once Adam and Eve could no longer communicate with God, they became “spiritually dead” towards Him (Gen 2:17 and Gen 3:3).  After realizing this, they then had to develop language skills by using their tongues—using that accursed little member found within each person’s body:

Even so THE TONGUE is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! {6} And THE TONGUE IS A FIRE, A WORLD OF INIQUITY: so is the tongue among our members, that IT DEFILETH THE WHOLE BODY, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and IT IS SET ON FIRE OF HELL. {7} For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: {8} But the tongue can no man tame; IT IS AN UNRULY EVIL, FULL OF DEADLY POISON. {9} Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. {10} Out of the same mouth proceedeth BLESSING and CURSING. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

(James 3:5-10) 

The “New Birth” has been designed by God to break the CURSE that Adam and Eve established between Him and us. The effect of this curse can be seen as rebellion that children often display against their parents (Gen 3:20).  The New Birth also aims to restore that intimate spirit-to-spirit level of communication between God and His children on earth.

Spiritual restoration

Naturally, the preaching of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ reveals the path of spiritual restoration that God’s people must travel on. Another vital ingredient in achieving this goal is of having a LOVE of the TRUTH—no matter what it might reveal.

“…they [the Christians in these Last Days] received not THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they MIGHT BE SAVED.”

(2 Thes 2:10) 

Please read the next post titled ‘The Significance of Loving Truth’. This topic explains how this vital requirement of seeking, loving, embracing and speaking truth to everyone is a sure indicator that such a Christian is a child of the living God. It also indicates that such a person is in pursuit of a personal relationship with our Creator.

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