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The New Birth, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #68)

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John 3:3: "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."

In our last lesson we learned that there are two families in the world. The head of one of these families is Adam, the first man. The Head of the other family is Christ, God's second Man.

Some people think that God is the Father of all men, but this is not true. Only those who are in Christ's family have God as their Father. Those who are in Adam's family have Satan as their spiritual father. The Lord Jesus Himself said that God is not the Father of all men.

One day He was speaking to some religious leaders of the city of Jerusalem. These men claimed that God was their Father. But their hearts were bad, for they hated Jesus and wanted to kill Him. Jesus knew what was in their hearts, and He said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God..."

When Jesus said, "IF God were your Father..." He plainly showed that God was not their Father. To make it even clearer, He told them who their spiritual father was. He said, "You are of your father THE DEVIL...." So these men did not have God for their Father but rather, Satan.

The same thing is true of all who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, no one has to remain in Satan's family, for the Lord Jesus has made it possible for each one of us to become a child of God. The Bible calls this being "born again." We are going to see what it means to be born again.

In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, we read the account of a man named Nicodemus who came at night to talk to the Lord Jesus. This man was a member of the Pharisees, one of the most religious groups of that day. Nicodemus attended the synagogue faithfully. 

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