2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
A born again person genuinely believes that Jesus died for his sins, he repents and is baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. When he becomes a new creature in Christ, he realises that he cannot do anything without his Saviour. He genuinely begins to understand that he was saved by God’s grace. He strips off his old nature of pride, anger, envy, rage, lust, etc.
Saul (Paul the apostle) was a tormenter of Christians prior to his encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 8). Paul realised immediately that he was persecuting Christ. He believed in Jesus, repented of his sins and was baptised by Ananias. Later, Paul went on to serve as a missionary for Christ to the Gentiles and Jews. Paul was genuinely transformed. This is the kind of transformation about which Jesus taught Nicodemus the Pharisee (John 3).
Attributes of a born again person are:
- A person who puts off the old man in his deeds and puts on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him (Colossians 3:9).
- A person who denies himself, takes up the cross to follow Christ (Luke 9:23).
- A person who is dead to sin but alive in Christ (Romans 6:11).
- A person who would love to do the things that delights His Maker.
- A person who would love and forgive his enemies in spite of their wrong doings.
- Sin will not control and dominate them (Romans 6:12-13).
- A person who would want to be an effective witness for Christ.
- A person who has a hunger for God’s Word.
Jesus Himself told about the seriousness of being born again in John 3:3, 5 – “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Are you a born again person? If not, are you willing to strip off your old self and be a new creature in Christ?