John 3:3 - You Must Be Born Again To Enter The Kingdom Of God (updated).

John 3:3 - You Must Be Born Again To Enter The Kingdom Of God 

John 3:3 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you 
are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God."  

All of us are born in sin. Our "first birth" makes us children 
of Adam, and this means we are children of wrath and of 
disobedience (Eph. 2:1-3). No amount of education, religion, or discipline 
can change the old nature; we must receive a new nature from God. 
[Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

To be born anew is to undergo such a radical change that it is 
like a new birth; it is to have something happen to the soul which 
can only be described as being born all over again; and the whole 
process is not a human achievement, because it comes from the grace and 
power of God. [Barclay Commentary] 

When Jesus says, "You must be born again," He simply means that 
to enter His kingdom, you and I must let God into our lives, to 
work there as He pleases. When we do, eternal life will be ours - now 
- and through the miracle of the new birth our life on earth will 
become fresh and new. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

The light shining from the cross reveals the love of God. His 
love is drawing us to Himself. If we do not resist this drawing, we 
shall be led to the foot of the cross in repentance for the sins that 
have crucified the Saviour. Then the Spirit of God through faith 
produces a new life in the soul. DA168-177 

  Entering a saving relationship with Christ is a life changing 
experience! All things become new! Not some things, but all things (2 Co. 
5:17). For the first time in your life, Christ is Lord; God is Master. 
When you become a Christian, Christ's presence will affect every part 
of you. You will have new thoughts, new attitudes, new values, and 
new sensitivities. New priorities will dramatically affect your 
relationships. You will view everything in your life from a Christlike 
perspective. Christianity is not something you add to your life; it is life! 
  Nicodemus thought that salvation meant performing certain 
religious exercises and holding to particular religious teachings. He had 
no idea of the all-encompassing nature of salvation! When you 
become a Christian, God gives you a new heart so that everything 
becomes new! God gives you a new mind, like that of Christ, so you think 
differently. He gives you new emotions, so you feel deeply about completely 
different matters. You become sensitive to sin, so you are no longer 
comfortable with it. Your recreation will be affected as you are made aware 
of what is honoring to God and what is not. Your relationships will 
now be guided by the Holy Spirit. Destructive habits and attitudes, 
previously immune to change, will be transformed.  
  Have you noticed the changes God has brought to your life 
since you entered a vital relationship with Jesus Christ? These 
changes should be very noticeable as a testimony of the new life you 
received when you trusted Jesus as your Savior and Lord. [Experiencing 
God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re John 3:3] 

Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed "that 
they may be one, even as We are one"--nothing between. Keep all the 
life perennially open to Jesus Christ, don't pretend with Him. Are 
you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you 
are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is 
gone. [My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers] 

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