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What Does Born Again Really Mean?

by R. Jerome Harris on January 7, 2015

I was speaking at length with two individuals yesterday and the subject came up about being "born again."

One individual – who belonged to one the major religious organizations within Christianity – was explaining to another interested person that being born again meant accepting Jesus as ones Lord and Savior and getting baptized in water. He really pushed that getting baptized in water was a requirement to being a follower of Christ.

I listened.

After the individual had finished I simply stated that what he said was not what Jesus taught and no where within the context did Jesus say anything about water baptism. I proceeded to explain to both of the individuals what Jesus meant when he spoke of being born again.

Unless Anyone Is Born Again, He Cannot See The Kingdom of God

The words above come from within the context of John 3:1-8. Jesus was having a discussion with the Pharisee Nicodemus.

Jesus says to Nicodemus,

Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


Nicodemus did not understand that Jesus was talking about a person having to die and then be resurrected to life again (born again) in order to be in a position just to be able to see God’s Kingdom coming from afar; not necessarily entering into God's Kingdom but seeing – that is, perceiving or understanding – that it is coming. That seeing it will not be possible unless a person dies and is resurrected back to life again.

Entering and seeing the Kingdom of God would require two diffeent things according to Christ:

  1. Seeing or perceiving that the Kingdom of God is coming requires that a person be born again from the dead. That is, having died and being resurrected back to life again on earth. It should be noted that God's Kingdom does not come down to the earth until after Christs 1000 year kingdom over the earth has come and gone and then after Satans Beastly kingdom has come and gone by defeat at Armageddon. This is more than 1000 years yet ahead of us. The promised resurrection of all of mankind commences at the beginning of Christs 1000 year kingdom. At which time Satan is abyssed. (Revelation 20:1-3 and John 5:28-29)
     
  2. Entering the Kingdom of God requires that a person has already been resurrected from the dead (born again) and then being born from water and spirit. In other words, the person – upon being resurrected – would have to heart-felt accept Christs teachings. This acceptance of Christs teachings in those future days will be severely tested upon Satan un-abyssing in what is called The Great Tribulation. Those enduring those trials will enter into God's everlasting kingdom on earth.

Matthew 10:22 confirms this:

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.


The reason why we know that Nicodemus did not understand Jesus is by what Nicodemus says to him:


How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter into the womb of his mother a second time and be born, can he?


Then Jesus said to Nicodemus:

Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit.


Was Jesus referring to being baptized in water? No! And I will show why?

First of all Jesus never used the expression being baptized at all.

Notice at John 3:5-6 that Jesus mentions:

  1. Being born from water and spirit.
  2. Being born from the spirit is spirit.

Jesus did not mention being born from water a second time. Why? Because he was not referring to water baptism, but water in another sense. What sense?

At John 4:14 Jesus referred to the things he taught as water:


Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life.


This water (his teaching) is what would lead to everlasting life. So when Jesus was speaking with Nicodemus he was not referring to water baptism, but being a new person by virtue of accepting his teachings (water). The old way, old teachings of men in the world that those who have died since Adam were to be cast off of the person.

One has to really think about this: The promised resurrection at John 5:28-29 will encompass each and every individual who has died since Adam (to include Adam). These persons upon being resurrected will not know anything other than what they knew when they died within their respective time periods. Many of them will have raw and barbaric traits that will require being removed and replaced by water (teaching) from Christ. It must be remembered that God sent his Son to sacrifice his perfect life (blood) in behalf of ALL of mankind. (John 3:16)

It is in error that many of the organizations teach within Christianity that persons must fulfill certain requirements – such as joing a church or getting baptized in water – in order to benefit from Christs sacrifice. Such teachings make absolutely no sense as they do not address the status of the billions who lived and died all over the world prior to the birth of Jesus. It is a subject many within the religious system called by men choose to avoid. Why? Because they are selfish and seek to usurp Christ exclusively for themselves in the manner they choose; and, primarily because they have not come to understand the full importance of the sacrifice of Christs death which was for ALL mankind. (1 Cor 11:3)


The result of accepting Jesus’ teachings – drinking his water –  would lead to being born of spirit. In other words one would eventually receive Holy Spirit. This is Jesus baptism. It was John the Baptizer who baptized in water. Jesus' baptism would be greater than John the Baptizers. Baptism in water ended with John. Jesus was the last person baptized in water. The reason why Jesus allowed John the Baptizer to baptize him was as a public testimony that their is a "new Teacher on the block" and that from that day forward no one will be baptized again by John with his baptism in water. Going forward their would be a new baptism and it would be spirit and fire.

Matthew 3:11 has John the Baptizers own words:

I, for my part, baptize YOU with water because of YOUR repentance; but the one coming after me is stronger than I am, whose sandals I am not fit to take off. That one will baptize YOU people with holy spirit and with fire.

That John the Baptizer did not want to baptize Jesus tells us that he understood that his disciple-making work and baptizing persons in water would end.

To Summarize:

In order for any to enter into the kingdom of God (yet to come down out of heaven), they must literally taste death and then be resurrected again back to life. This is what being born again is: Born again from the dead. Once resurrected from the dead, then the person has to drink water from Christ; that is accept his teachings. Then they will be in a position to be able to perceive that God's Kingdom will and must come down to the earth. I can tell you that even today, many have not peceived this. Why? Because many believe at death they will go up to heaven. If God's kingdom will come down to the earth, why is there a need to go up to heaven? Besides Jesus said that no man(kind) has ever gone to heaven accept the one who came from heaven and became a man.

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. (John 3:13)

Jesus spoke the truth: No one has ever gone into heaven. This makes sense as God's Kingdom will come down and envelope the earth. The dead are in the earth. From within the earth, the dead are resurrected. How can their be a resurrection of the dead if persons are in heaven? That makes no sense. Yet, the many organizations within Christianity push forward and teach error and outright lies so as to mislead persons. It is a subject that choose not to deal with because they are not able to reconcile it with what Jesus taught.

Those who accept water from Jesus will eventually receive his baptism which is Holy Spirit.

In future days those persons will be severely tested in the Great Tribulation. Their trials will come at the hands of their own brothers and sisters in Christ who allow themselves to be misled by Satan when he is un-abyssed. (Rev 20:7-8)

If they maintain their intregity and faith through that terrible time, they will enter into God's Kingdom.

What is the Fire?

At Matthew 3:11, John the Baptizer mentioned that Jesus would baptize with holy spirit and with fire. What then is baptism with fire?

Upon accepting Jesus' teachings and then eventually receiving holy spirit, those persons will be able to speak what cannot be denied: The truth. Literal fire consumes. Truth spoken consumes the lie spoken and the lie cannot prevail.

Many today have been lied to. Many believe they have holy spirit and thus speak the truth. Holy Spirit will not be given to anyone unless they drink Christs water. One will know if they have truly accepted Christs teachings because they will come to fully understand that no one will be able to enter into God's Kingdom to come unless they literally die and are resurrected. One will know of they have fully accepted Christs water because they will fully understand that seeing God's Kingdom is only possible upon ones resurrection back to life on earth. One will know of they have fully accepted Christs teachings because they will fully understand that they will be severely tested in that future new world to come (just prior to God's Kingdom coming) and that if they faithfully endure those trials, they will be granted a crown of everlasting life in God's Kingdom that will COME DOWN to the earth. One will know of they have fully accepted Christs water because they know that they and no one else goes UP TO heaven as God's Kingdom COMES DOWN to the earth. Such persons – like myself – will be different and will be scorned for drinking Christs water and rejecting the water that spews out of the mouths of religious organization.

Did Jesus Baptize His Disciples In Water?

In spite of there being no evidence of Jesus baptizing his disciples in water, the religious system called by men – Christianity – defiantly teaches baptism in water; the baptism of John the Baptizer.

One would think that in his more than three years on earth as Teacher, we would see instances of him baptizing his disciples in water. Yet, we do not see it. The reason is clear: He did not because water baptism ended with Johnteh Baptizer. Christs baptism would be with holy spirit and fire.We DO see – after Christs ascension – his disciples receiving baptism in holy spirit and fire on the Day of the Festival of Pentecost 33 CE at Acts Chapter 2.

Yet, when you ask persons about baptism, the first thing they think about is in water. Rarely is baptism associated with holy spirit and fire: Jesus' baptism.

This shows how deep the deception and misleading has gone; and right there is the religious system called by men – Christianity – taking the lead in pulling the masses down that rabbit hole.

Sadly, it is very difficult to reason with members of the various organizations within Christianity to see the gross error. They will drink the water given to them by their particular organization and staunchly defend it and give others the intoxicating teachings to drink.

In Defiance of What Christ Taught

Today, what primarily shows all of Christianity as false and not of God and Christ is that it teaches and practices the baptism of someone other than Christs. They teach and practice the baptism of John the Baptizer. Whereas, Jesus baptism is not with water, what with holy spirit and fire.

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