by Bailey Smith

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The Five M's of the New Birth (7 of 13)
Bailey Smith

There's probably no phrase in religious circles that has become more prominent of late than the phrase, "born again." Everyone is writing about it. Billy Graham has had a best-seller, How to Be Born Again, and Charles Colson has written about it.

In John 3:3 Jesus told Nicodemus, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Many people confuse what Jesus is saying and believe that the phrase "being saved" is a Baptist phrase.

Baptists get saved." But we need to realize that everyone who goes to heaven gets "saved," "repents," and is "born again."

Former President Carter made the phrase, born again, well known. Many people assume if you are born again, you are a Baptist. It would be a great thing if every Baptist were born again, but every "Baptist" is not born again. There won't be any denominational tags such as Catholic, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Pentecostal, Methodist, or Baptist in heaven. In heaven there will only be people who have been born again. If a man is not born again, he is one heartbeat from hell. Jesus said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." I don't care how formally, wonderfully, and interestingly you got into a Lutheran, Catholic, or Baptist church-if you've not been born again, you are not a Christian.

There is a great deal of difference between catechism and being saved. There is a great deal of difference between confessionals and being born again. The real issue is what Jesus asked. "Have you been born again?"

Let's examine five "M's" of the new birth. Over 50,000,000 Americans claim to have been born again. If so many claim this, it is important that we seek to under- stand what the Bible really says about being "born again."

First, we need to think about the man of the new birth. In John 3, a man who was a ruler came to Jesus Christ. Not only was he a ruler, he was also a wealthy, ...

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