Now, many have gone about preaching that the new birth is a new nature we should posses as a result of a christian leaving his old nature and therefore renewing himself. May I suggest my beloved readers that we strictly do not find such thoughts in the scripture.
The scripture condemns flesh (1 Cor 2:14, John 3:6,) and therefore renders it incapable of discerning the things of God. If flesh cannot hear, listen, understand, please or discern the things of God, then how is a poor sinner that God so loved ever going to be saved? A question weighty and worthy of considerations and the subject of today’s meditation.
The New Birth is God’s answer. What is the new Birth? The new Birth is the new life not changed life that God imparts in us in order to enable us to listen to the Gospel of salvation. The new Birth is often called the Quickening of the soul in Pauline epistles (Eph 2:1, 5). When a poor sinner is in his lost state, God imparts a new life in him that enables him to listen to the Gospel of salvation, and question his state and find himself a wanting sinner. The new Birth is not a result of a person turning to God rather it is what enables us to turn to God. Therefore instead of saying that a person is born again by believing, we have to say that the person will believe the Lord by being born again. New birth is the sovereign unsought for action of God (John 1:13). People often say that the work of salvation begins when a sinner turns to God, this is wrong. Rather we should say that the work of salvation begins when God imparts a new life or quickens the soul of a sinner. The new birth is the beginning of God’s work in saving a soul and salvation is the end of that work.
Ephesians 2: 1 and 5 gives a clear picture of what our conditions were if God did not quicken our soul (or impart us new life) and enabled us to listen the Gospel. We were dead in sins and trespasses. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph 2: 8-9). Let every believer mark this gravely that God even gives us the faith to believe, this my dear reader is the quickening power of God.
Allow me to use an illustration to further clarify Eph 2:1: Suppose there was a dead man lying on the ground, and you go and try to wake him up with many encouraging words whatsoever, can he hear you? No. Can he know that he is a dead man? No.
But then, lets suppose again that he was given life, will he hear you now? Yes, definitely. What will be his first realization? That he was a dead man.
Same were we. Dead and incapable of listening or understanding the word of God. But we were quickened i.e given new life (New Birth). Now we know we were dead and we seek salvation. This is new birth.
Now do not get me wrong, being born again does not mean that the person is saved. The truth is when a person is Born again, he understands his necessities and conditions and the soul looks for salvation. A person is truly saved when he believes in the finished work of Christ on the cross and rests in his work with a full assurance, after which he receives the seal of the Holy spirit. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. (Eph 2: 13)
I don’t think a soul is truly saved if he is still in doubts about his deliverance. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9:14)
A saved soul’s conscience will be purged i.e he will never again be in the doubt about his salvation. He will find the inner peace, he is in no doubt, he has the joy.
Let me take a liberty to question my dear readers, are you truly saved? Do you believe that our Lord died on the cross for our sin? Do you have the assurance through faith that your soul will never be lost again? If the answer is yes, I have no doubt in saying that you are truly saved. If the answer is no, no wonder you truly have the new Birth but you have to believe and rest in the blood of Christ to be saved.
Further exposition on this truth is beyond the scope of this post. I pray that the Lord will guide my dear readers in further searching on the profound and long lost truth of New Birth. May he bless his flocks abundantly.