“I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
-John 3:5 NIV
Here’s the bad news. By nature, because of our sin, we are spiritually dead. The Good News is that the Holy Spirit makes us spiritually alive! Jesus refers to it as being “born again”. Jesus says we need to be born of water and the Spirit. Baptism. Perhaps you’ve heard people refer to themselves as “born-again Christians”, like they’re some kind of special class. To call oneself a born-again Christian is redundant. Everyone who believes that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for their sins has been born again. If they hadn’t been born again, they wouldn’t believe. They COULDN’T believe. By nature we’re spiritually dead until the Holy Spirit revives us. The Spirit comes to us through Baptism, and the Word of God. So all who believe and are baptized are “born-again” Christians. Live each day in the confidence that you’re spirit has been raised to life by the Holy Spirit, and as a result, one day your body will be raised to life to live eternally with Christ in heaven.