“Born Again” Misconceptions

Being born again is the same thing as being saved. If you are born again, you are saved; if you are not born again, you are not yet saved.

God forgave and forgot all sins of all people for all time on the Cross of Jesus Christ. All are forgiven but not all are saved because two barriers remain: [1] the eternal and unforgivable sin of unbelief, the rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and [2] the sinful heart that is in every unbeliever.

Upon turning from unbelief to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, God removes your old sinful spirit and replaces it with a brand new, clean heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus, both barriers are permanently removed and you are saved.

God makes you literally righteous in your new, born again heart because the Righteous One lives in you; and, you possess eternal life because Eternal Life now dwells in your heart. You still “live” in the same not-yet-redeemed body as you did before God saved you; this is the reason you live by faith.

Sadly, there are many errors being taught about what it means to be born again; some are:

Error #1 – being born again does not happen until you get to heaven where your physical body is transformed into a righteous, eternal body. This does not make sense because Jesus said you must be born again before you can go to heaven (John 3:3).

Error #2 – being born again occurs during water baptism as you rise up out of the water. This is the error of baptismal regeneration which thinks that physical baptism saves you. The Bible teaches that you are born again by spiritual baptism; that is, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into Christ by coming to live in your born again heart.

Error #3 – being born again is a commitment to turn over a new leaf and pledge to God that you will not sin. Righteous living DOES NOT happen because you have a good attitude or a lot of will power, it happens only by the power of Jesus Christ living in you. You have no power to live righteously by your own human strength.

Error #4 – being born again is Israel’s national rebirth.

It is essential that all believers understand what it really means to be born again. Upon doing an online search, “What does it mean to be born again?” 20 websites and blogs were surveyed. Only 3 of the 20 correctly stated that being born again is receiving a new heart filled with the Holy Spirit. The lesson to be learned is that there is a lot of misunderstanding and false teaching on this essential truth.

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These additional verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven: Mark 3: 28; John 1:29; Acts 13:38; Romans 5:10a; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:12,17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2,12.
Believers Receive a New, Clean Heart: Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:25; John 3:3,7; Acts 11:9; Romans 6:1-2,6,7,11,14,17-18,22; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:24; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:9b; 1 Peter 2:24a.
God Makes Believers Righteous in Their Born Again Heart: Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 5:17,19; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:10b; 1 Corinthians 6:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:9.
Jesus Lives in You (Literally) as His Holy Spirit: John 14:20,23; Romans 5:5b; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:17,19; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:23; Ephesians 3:19b; Ephesians 5:30; Colossians 1:27; 2 Timothy 1:14a; 1 John 4:15-16.
Believers Still Live in a Not-Yet-Redeemed Body: Romans 8:10; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:3; Romans 8:23b; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.
The Holy Spirit Will Teach You: John 14:26; John 16:13-14; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Ephesians 1:17; Ephesians 4:17-18,23; Colossians 1:9-10; 1 John 2:27.

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