Pulpit Speech I                                                 KL Paulson
Preacher Silcox                                                  12-9-1996


Title: The New Birth.

Text: Gospel of John Chapter 3


  -- God CREATED each of us so that we are His CREATION.  BUT when it comes to 
     being children of God spiritually, He says: "They which are the children 
     of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God" (Romans 

  -- TWO families in the world:  1) family of God & 2) family of 
     "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the 
     devil" (I John 3:10). 
  -- Consider John 3: man, Nicodemus, religious leader of the 
     Jews, etc.  
     He wanted to know if Jesus was the real Messiah. 

     Jesus knew the mind of Nicodemus: "Except a man be born 
     again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  (John 3:3) 
     Nicodemus asked: "How can a man be born when he is old? can 
     he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" (John 3:4) 

  -- Spiritual Birth versus physical birth "That 
     which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the 
     Spirit is spirit."  (John 3:6) 

  -- BUT WHY should this religious man be born again? 
     Nicodemus was a 1) 'good' man, 2) leader of his people & a 3) Pharisee. 

     He NEEDED to be born again for the same reason that you & I do,  
     because JESUS said so!  Yet, there are other REASONS also.

I. WHY Should We Be Born Again?

  A. We are born in the WRONG FAMILY.

     "the children of disobedience...were by nature the children of 
     wrath" (Ephesians 2:2-3). 

     Jesus said of those who had NOT repented and believed in Him: "Ye are of 
     your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do."  
     (John 8:44) 

     "Except ye be converted...ye shall NOT enter into the kingdom of 
     heaven."  (Matthew 18:3) 

  B. We live the WRONG KIND OF LIFE.
     Repeat John 8:44 <-- Satan's family.  
     A life of disobedience to God is the consequence of being in the 
     wrong family.  We are aliens from God.  God is NOT our 
     Father, but our Judge.  We are lost, condemned. 

     God says: "he that believeth not is condemned already...the 
     wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:18,36). 
     --> Just as a condemned man in the death cell waits for execution, so we 
     are condemned already and wait only the final day of judgment.  
     Although the criminal might be physically alive, if he has been found 
     guilty and sentenced to death, he is a dead man as far as the law is 
     Those who have been found guilty by the Almighty Judge & condemned to 
     Hell might still be physically alive, but are dead in trespasses & sins 
     as far as God is concerned.  There is nothing we can do to excuse or 
     pardon ourselves any more than a murderer can expect leniency or pardon 
     just because he promises never to kill again.  Reform is NOT the answer 
     to the Problem; it is too late.  We are condemned already. <--

     "He that committeth sin is of the devil" (I John 3:8).

     "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against ALL 
     ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (Romans 1:18). 

     "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and 
     that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be 
     punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of 
     the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" (II Thessalonians 1:8-9). 

     When we remain in Satan's family we shall have to go along with 
     him some day.  Hell was not made for men, BUT for the Devil 
     and his angels.  IF we have not been born again, we go with our 
     father the Devil. 

     "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire 
     and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be 
     tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10). 
     "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast 
     into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15).

II. HOW Can We Be Born Again?

     "But as many as received him [CHRIST], to them gave he power to 
     become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" 
     (John 1:12). 

     The New Birth IS the act of repenting from your sins and of 
     receiving by faith a particular Saviour.  God hates SIN, 
     but He loves the sinner.  God's love provided a Saviour to take 
     away your sins.  Quote John 3:16. 

     Since God demands the death penalty for sin, the ONLY way 
     that the justice of God can be satisfied is for the sinner 
     to spend eternity in Hell, OR for someone to shed 
     blood and die as his substitute.  "God commendeth his 
     love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, 
     Christ died for us."  (Romans 5:8) 

     Christ died for His enemies.  Christ's sacrifice is 
     beyond the understanding of our human minds.  How could He love us 
     when we are so unlovely? 

     "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 
     that we should be called the sons of God" (I John 3:1). 

     --> A man in the death cell might hope to gain release by offering 
     money, but God cannot be bribed!  The condemned criminal might hope for 
     reprieve by good behavior, BUT IF he is condemned  already, even 
     good behavior will NOT clear the slate.  He needs a substitute. 

     Note: John 1:12 again--"But as many as received him[.]"  It is NOT 
     receiving a ritual or a church membership or communion or baptism, but a 
     PERSON, the Son of God. 

     Notice too that the words "receive" and "believe" are both in the same 
     verse.  Both are interchangeable, both mean the same thing--to invite 
     Christ to take over our lives.  This is a ONE-time event, ONLY ONCE in 
     our lives are we "born again". 

     "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ 
     Jesus."  (Galatians 3:26) 

Conclusion: In review...

  -- Why should you be born again?  Born into the wrong family, 
                                    Sinful life, and 
                                    Heading down the road to Hell. 

  -- How does the New Birth take place?  Be willing to TURN from your sins;
                                         Place your trust in the ONE Saviour--
                                         the Lord Jesus Christ for the 
                                         forgiveness of your sins. 
  -- THEN God will give you the power to live the NEW Spiritual life.  
     The LORD promises to become IMMEDIATELY your Father.