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New Life

 


Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” – John 3:3

One Saturday night when I was about twelve years old, my dad gave me fifteen cents to go to the motion picture show–ten cents to get in and five cents for a sack of popcorn. They weren’t showing the usual Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, or Buck Jones cowboy show. It was some movie called Frankenstein. I had no idea what it was about, but I got my sack of popcorn and went in and sat down.

The show began in an old castle on a stormy night. In the tower lay a great big monster of a man into whom the doctor was shooting thousands of volts of electricity to try to bring him to life. All of a sudden there was the biggest bolt of lightning and a thunderclap that shook the whole theater, and lo and behold this dead thing moved its arm and opened its eyes. It was alive! As I left the theater that night, I walked pretty fast and kept looking over my shoulder all the way home.

Of course the story was pure fantasy, because all the lightning in the world can’t bring the dead to life. But there’s an amazing fact revealed in the Bible: God can. This teaching is called the doctrine of regeneration. It happens when God imparts to us His divine nature and we are born again.

The Bible says that when we receive Christ into our lives we are born not of blood–you cannot inherit it from your parents or of the will of the flesh. Someone else can’t do it for you; you are born of God.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for giving me eternal life. Amen.

To Ponder

Through the new birth, God imparts to us a new life–the life of God Himself.
(The Navigators)