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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
June 10, 2006
Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.
John 3:3 (Amplified Bible*)
The kingdom of God is available to us here and now. But many just live in this world without experiencing it.
Jesus indicated that we need some sort of transformation to know the kingdom of God. To express that, he used a phrase variously translated as born again, born anew or born from above, and in later verses expressed it as born of the Spirit. As we needed to come out of our mother's womb to live in the ordinary world, we must experience some sort of new birth - a spiritual one, not a physical one - to live in the kingdom of God.
Christ never specified some formulaic way to experience this new birth. So that you haven't experienced it in a formulaic way presented by others, or in quite the way others you know experienced it, that should not be an issue. But you do need to experience it in some fashon.
Have you experienced such a new birth in the Spirit? Do you experience the kingdom of God?
* Amplified® Bible © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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