There was a man of the Pharisees,
named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night,
and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that
thou art a teacher come from God: for no
man can do these miracles that thou
doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How
can a man be born when his is old? Can
he enter a second time into his mother’s
womb and be born?
People who try to understand the new birth
intellectually, are reasoning with their minds. Like
Nicodemus, they are trying to understand how we can be
born a second time. Some would say this born-again
experience is something new. No, it’s not. Jesus spoke
about it long ago.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter
into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is
flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit
Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth,
and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst tell whence it cometh, and whither it
goeth: so is every one that is born of the
Nicodemus answered and said
unto him, How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said unto him,
Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We
speak that we do know, and testify that
we have seen; and ye receive not our
If I have told you earthly things,
and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if
I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to
heaven, but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of man which is in
And as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the
world to condemn the world; but that the
world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him in not
condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not
believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to
the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.
When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior, something takes place. There’s a literal change
made in you. That’s why I have difficulty believing that
some people are truly born again. I don’t see a change.
The scripture 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.”
When you come into contact with God, something
is going to happen in your life. There’s going to be a
radical change. Everyone will be able to look at you and
see the change, not because you wear a T-shirt saying,
“Honk if you love Jesus.” Not because you have a fish on
your forehead or you carry a big Bible. But they should
see, just by your presence, that something about you is
different. In other words, when you meet up with God, you
change. The new birth means change.
When you have an encounter with God your life is
going to change. Don’t tell me you’ve had an encounter
with God if you’re suing your Christian brother. I won’t
believe you. The Bible says that we know that we have
passed from death unto life because we love the brethren
(First Jon 3:14).
If someone is born again, you’re going to see it.
You’re going to hear it. Everything about that person will
be different. When they’re involved in sin, they’ll dress
like the world, they’ll talk like the world, they’ll hang out
with the world, they’ll mix with sinners and feel
comfortable there and the sinners will feel comfortable with
But when Jesus comes inside, He cleans the house
out. Your lifestyle will be affected. You start loving
people. Your marriage gets turned around. Your finances
get healed. Your sick bodies get healed. That’s what the
new birth does.
Was it just a mental prayer that you prayed and
said, “Jesus come into my life and forgive me of my sins”?
You did it because you didn’t want to go to hell. Or do you
know the time and the place when you had an encounter
with God and your life changed radically? Can you say, “I
was going in the wrong direction? I was heading for a lost
eternity and the Lord Jesus Christ came to me and I
accepted Him. I turned my back on sin in the world. I
repented and I chose to go the other way.”
If I stood on the interstate in the middle of the road
and a Mack truck came down the road at 65 miles an hour
and hit me head on, my friends and family would peel me
off the front grill of that truck. The first thing they’re going
to say to me is “Rodney, you’ve changed. You look
different, Rodney. You talk different. You walk different.
You’re not the same person we’ve known. What happened
I had an encounter. I’m changed. I’m different.
Have you had a “Mack truck” experience that
revolutionized your life? Do you know the day the hour
that you crossed over from death unto life?
The Bible says we’ve been delivered out of the
kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of
His dear Son (Colossians 1:13). There’s an actual
transition. Something takes place. And everyone can see
it. There’s something different about you.
But we have people in the church who say, “I’m a
born again bank robber, Brother Rodney. I rob banks part
time. Brother, I’m a born again Mafia hit man. I’m born
again and I deal cocaine on the side. I really feel I need to
support the church. I’m born again, Brother Rodney, and I
race horses on the side.”
I used to think every Christian had angels’ wings
and halos. One day I looked and saw the halo wasn’t there.
It was two little horns coming out of their head. Some
Christians have the symbol of the fish, but they should put
a shark on their car, not a fish. Just when you thought it
was safe to go back to church!
Christians are ripping each other off. Sometimes
I’d rather go to a sinner in business because at least I know
I can shout at him if he does a bad job. If you go to the
Christian and he does a bad job, you are expected to pay the
money and walk in love. At lease with the sinner you can
say, “You Philistine, thou hast not done the job correctly.”
When sinners can come to church and feel like it’s a
great place and sit there week after week and never give
their lives to Jesus, you know that church is a compromise.
When sinners walk in the door, they should be affected
immediately. They should sense the presence of God and
they should be convicted – not condemned – and should
want to repent.