33. Rebirth

Jesus made a requirement for the complete spiritual life. He said "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3, KJV). A fuller explanation follows in verses five through eight.

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh; and that which is born of Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind blowest where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Being born of the Spirit requires an act of God. Only Jesus can give you the rebirth that allows you to enter into the Kingdom of God. This act of grace separates Jesus from other teachers and pretenders. Ask Jesus for the rebirth and you will receive it. His ability to do this confirms his nature.

If you seriously want a full time working partnership with the God of creation, tell him. The traditional prayer for your rebirth (at-one-ness with God) includes repentance, confession, and a petition for forgiveness and the rebirth. Say this prayer twice to be sure the words are truly yours.

Jesus, I want to be born again. I want this grace and the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven you promised. Please forgive my past and put your spirit into my heart. If you are truly the Savior of the World and the Son of God, I want you to be my Lord and leader. Now, take over my life, let me be born again. Use me as you choose.

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