Faith in Jesus: Born Again, The New Birth, What is it?
The term “born-again Christian” has become somewhat common in our culture, however the term, taken from the Gospel of John, chapter three is as old as the Church and the Scriptures of the Newer Testament.
Differing terms have been used over the centuries: believe, believe on, trust in, regeneration, chrismation, born-again and even confirmation but the terms all refer to one thing—coming to a point where the body, soul and spirit of a person go from self to God as the One who owns, adopts and makes a person spiritually new. It indicates a change from “Me” to “Thou” in relation to God.
Now there are subtle differences in the terms above. Some of them refer to a covenant made between the parents of an infant pledged to God in which they return to God what God gave to them: the child. Some refer to those at the so-called “age of reason” when a younger child decides to make Jesus their Savior and Lord. All of them mean that the body—soul—and spirit now belong to Jesus Christ.