Why Should We Be “Born Again?”
Matthew 3:11, 13 15-17, John 3:1-18 NIV Study Bible
Matthew 3:11 (John the Baptist) I Baptist you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire.
Matthew 3:13 – Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John (15) …Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all of righteousness.” Then John consented.
Matthew 3:16 – As soon as Jesus was baptized he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. (17) And a voice from heaven said, this is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased.
John 3:1-8 – (1) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Ruling Council. (2) He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him. (3) In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (4) “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “ Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born!” (5) Jesus answered, “ I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. (6) Flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to Spirit. (7) You should not be surprised at my saying, “you must be born again”. 8. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or, where it is going, so it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
Respectfully Submitted by
M. E. Stokes, D. S.W.