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GP 10: United with God Through New Birth

Brian Welch, former member of the mega rock band Korn

You Must Be Born Again

Brian Welch has been born again and is united with Christ. Watch Brian’s story.

It isn’t enough to simply settle the question of who is Jesus. Once you have decided that Jesus is the Son of God and you want to be his disciple, you are faced with the question of how? How do you successfully live the life Christ asks yo to live? Jesus’ answer is that every person must be “born again.”

There was a man, Nicodemus, who came to Jesus one night with this question. He was an influential religious leader who wanted to know from Jesus about how to live a new life. In John 3:3[1] Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” In John 3:5[2] Jesus told Nicodemus, “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”

The purpose of this lesson is for you to seize this opportunity to be united with God through a new birth through Christ.

We are a New Creation

To be born anew in Christ means we become a new creation. God literally changes us spiritually.

In Psalms 51:7-12[3] a remorseful King Davide cried out to God, saying, “_____________ me with hyssop, and I will be _____________; ______________ me, and I will be _______________than snow… Create in me a ___________ heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

In 2 Corinthians 5:17[4] Paul says for anyone who is in Christ the “new creation” has come to them. The NASB versions is translated as, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Born of Water and of Spirit

This “new birth” is not optional for those who claim to be Christians. It is our entrance into a new life with God and being added to his family on earth, the church.

The New Birth has Two Expressions: Born of Water and Born of Spirit.

Born of the Spirit

Nicodemus asked Jesus in John 3:1-5,[5] how can a person be “born again”? Jesus said, “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of __________ and the ___________.”

What does it mean to be born of the spirit? __________________________.[6]

Born of Water

In 1 Peter 3:18-22,[7] Peter writes that just like Noah was saved by water, that this same water “symbolizes ____________ that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a ________ ___________ toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

What does being “born of water” mean?_____________________.[8]

In order to live we must first die to our sins. Romans 6:1-4[9] says, “We are those who have ___________ to __________.” The passage goes on to say, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a ____________.”

We are then ______________[10] with Christ through baptism into death. The Greek word baptizo, means to immerse or submerge. Our bodies are completely covered with water symbolizing Jesus’ body being buried in the grave. Romans 6:5[11] says, “For if we have been _____________ with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be ___________ with him in a resurrection like his.”

United is the key word in this scripture. Romans 6:11[12] says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but __________ to God in Christ Jesus.” In baptism we die to sin and become alive by being united with Christ in his resurrection.

United With Christ in Baptism

According to John 1:12,[13] who is a candidate for baptism? All who ______________[14] and __________________.[15] Being born of the Spirit involves a complete surrender of your spirit or will.

We learn in Genesis 1:27 that man is created in the image of God. John 4:24[16] says, “God is _____________.” When we realize we are eternal spirits living in earthly bodies, and we surrender ourselves to God, then he sends his spirit to dwell in us. Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20[17], “I no longer live, but _____________ ____________ in me.” Acts 2:38[18] says that hen we are baptized we receive the gift of the” ______________ _____________.” Romans 8:9[19] says, “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the _____________, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.”

In Acts 8:26-40[20] we see an example of someone being born of both the water and the spirit.

What did Philip teach the eunuch in Acts 8:35?[21] __________________________. What questions did the eunuch ask in Acts 8:34-36?[22] _________________________.

Baptism is for repentant sinners

Do I need to be immersed if I have been sprinkled? Roman 6:1-11[23]

Do I need to be immersed again if my understanding of biblical teachings on
immersion was lacking? Acts 19:1-5[25]

Is baptism included in my saving response to Jesus? 1 Peter 3:18-22[27]

God Adds Those Born of Water and Spirit to His Kingdom

According to Acts 2:1-13,[26] those baptized in Jerusalem received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

God alone knows who has truly (or sincerely) been born of the water and of the spirit. He alone can add people to his kingdom.

The questions I must ask myself are:
Have I been born of both water and the spirit?
When? ________________________________________________________
How? ________________________________________________________

If I have not been born of the water and spirit, what must I do?___________[24]

Do Something!

List one valuable insight you have gained from each of these sections.

The New Birth has Two Expressions—Born of Water and Born of Spirit___________

God Adds Those Born of Water and Spirit to His Kingdom ______________

Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
  2. “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”
  3. “7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
    8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
    9 Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.
    10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
    11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
    12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

  4. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
  5. “1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.”
  6. We are made into a new creation in our hearts when we “die” to our old ways of living through the forgiveness of our sins by Christ
  7. “18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”
  8. Baptism, the immersion of a believer of Christ in water, is the believer’s public admission that they turn their life over to Christ. When a person steps into water and is immersed they are “dying” to their old life and being buried. When the person is raised from the water their spirit has been resurrected by the saving blood of Christ.
  9. “1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
  10. Buried
  11. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
  12. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
  13. “12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
  14. Receive
  15. Believe
  16. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
  17. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
  18. “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  19. “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.”
  20. “26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
    27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
    30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
    31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
    32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
    “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]
    34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
    36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”
  21. “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.”
  22. “34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
    36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?
  23. ” 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
    2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
    5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
    8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
    11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
  24. ” 1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?”
    They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

    3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”

    “John’s baptism,” they replied.

    4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

  25. “18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”
  26. “1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

    2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
    5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
    13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

  27. Seek baptism
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