Born Again

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17.

“It’s a boy!!” Yesterday our first grandchild was born (Madison Cael Wrather, 8 lbs., 12 and 1/2 ozs., 22 inches). I marveled again at the miracle of birth. Before Madison was born he was inside the womb. Inside of his mother, Madison heard her heartbeat, her muffled voice and the muffled noises of countless other things. But suddenly in birth he is no longer in the darkness, he can see, he can hear, he can smell, taste, and feel. He has begun to learn, to grow in this new world and hopefully will do so for the rest of his life.

Jesus compares the salvation experience to the experience of birth in John chapter 3. Paul describes this new birth in 2 Corinthians 5:17. Just as a child is delivered from the darkness of the womb, through believing upon Jesus we are delivered out of spiritual darkness. Just as a baby grows and learns we as Christians should grow and learn.

Someday there will be another birthing experience, some call it death, but really it is another beginning. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” As much as we are able to experience of God, of spiritual reality of life now, it is only like looking through a dark glass compared to actually experiencing the wonders of eternity!!

(On being born again to new life.)

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