The Christian must realize that he or she has experience a rebirth in
their human spirit and
What Jesus said.
John 3:3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter
the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 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.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Born again by the Holy Spirit Vs 6-7 above and the following:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
By the Word of God - the Gospel
1Peter 1:23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
When an unsaved person hears the gospel message of Jesus Christ and responds to the conviction of the Holy Spirit by the repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus as their Savior there is a regeneration that takes place in the spirit of a person. In this process a person is born again in their spirit. They are now a new person.
This born again person is also called the new man.
Colossians 3:10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
This new man is a reflection of Christ's image but is in a process of
2Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
To better grasp the concept of the new man; it helps to look at what the scriptures declare to be the old man, which is the creature that we were before we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
The old man is who we were in the community of Adam. Estranged from God, lost in sin with all of its consequences.
Our condition before accepting Christ
Ephesians 2:1-3And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins
Eph 2:2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Romans Ch. 6 teaches us about how our old man was legally crucified with Christ, making it possible for us to become a new man.
Romans 6:1-6What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer? Rom 6:3 Or don't you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection;
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin.
Praise God, sin no longer has dominion over us; we can exercise dominion over it. We now resist it from our position of victory that is in Christ Jesus our Lord, as a new man.
Romans 6:12-13Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
New Man Facts
Ephesians 4:24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
The phrase putting off the old
man and putting on the new man is one of exchanging clothes and refers to
a change in character in light of a change in identity, having moved from
our old existence without God, dead in sin to a new existence with God, in
Ephesians 4:23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The new birth has taken place in our spirit, the Lord Jesus will change our mortal bodies when He returns for us. Our minds which is a part of our soul must be renewed by God's word. The word of God is food for our new man.
1Peter 2:2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: