At Christ's Table
You Must Be Born Again (18 Pages) (2010)By William Furioso
Today there are many Christians who do not understand what it means to be Born Again. There are denominations that avoid, and even ridicule, this spiritual reality, because some people have abused it. As someone has said: “The answer to abuse is not disuse.” It may be difficult to understand. It may be misunderstood. It may be abused. But, we can’t avoid it - it’s a necessity. Why do I say that? Because Jesus did. He said: “You must be born again.” There is no sense of option or preference in His statement. He said “Unless you are born again, you cannot see or enter the kingdom of God.” It’s an absolute necessity. We cannot be Biblical Christians without experiencing this spiritual reality. Jesus’ teaching on being Born Again is like Jesus Himself: Both the prophet Isaiah and the apostle Peter refer to Him as - “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” We may stumble over Jesus and His concepts - we may be offended by Jesus and His teaching, but we cannot avoid this stone - we cannot just maneuver around this rock - we have to do business with it - we have to deal with it - we must experience the spiritual reality of being Born of the Spirit, if we want to be Biblical Christians. The apostle Paul said that “if any one does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ”. (Romans 8:9) And being born of the Spirit has all to do with having the Spirit of Christ.
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