born again here and now as soon as they believe by accepting Christ?
There are three references to being born again in the new
testament scripture, let us look at them as we go forward.
(John 3:3 [KJV])
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.
(John 3:7 [KJV])
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
(1Pet 1:23 [KJV])
Being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Let us first confirm that the two words used in the Greek
are the same in all the verses (eg. same words, same reference, same
The Greek word for
born in each verse found is:
In John 3:3 and 7 the following Greek word “born” is found
1. (properly, of the father) to procreate.
2. (by extension, of the mother) to
3. (figuratively) to regenerate.
[from a variation of G1085]
KJV: bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be
delivered of, gender, make, spring
The Greek word for
“again” in each verse found is:
In John 3:3 and 7 the following Greek word translated
“again” is found (John writes)
G509 ἄνωθεν anothen
1. from above.
2. (by analogy) from the first.
3. (by implication) anew.
KJV: from above, again, from the beginning (very first), the
However, in 1 Peter 1:23 the following Greek word is
translated “Being Born Again” is
found (Peter writes).
anagennao (a-na-ǰen-naō') v.
1. to beget.
2. (by extension) to bear (again).
[from G303 and G1080]
KJV: beget, (bear) X (again)
Root(s): G303, G1080
We note that the Greek word for “being born again” in Peter
is different to what was used in John: the word construction is different.
However, strong’s concordances notes that G313 used in Peter has a root
association with the word G1080 as used in John.
The question is; are the two writers referencing to the same
subject? We will need to look at the description to see if there are any
In John we find
TTGM: The following verses confirm that Jesus was speaking
about a second birth and in the future tense.
(John 3:3 [KJV])
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.
(John 3:5 [KJV])
Jesus answered, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water (1st) and of the Spirit (2nd), he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God.
(John 3:6 [KJV])
That which is born of the
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
In 1 Peter we
find the following:
TTGM: The following verse confirms that the people being
addressed were redeemed and described in the past tense.
Forasmuch as ye know that
ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from
your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and
Who verily was foreordained
before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him
glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing ye have purified
your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of
the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
TTGM: The following verse confirms the “present” (use of
“Being Born Again”) state of the believer that Peter is addressin.,
Note also he states that their present condition came about by an
“incorruptible seed” – all in the past tense, meaning now they possess
what they have. Reference here to corruptible (flesh) and incorruptible
(spirt) ties in to the two births, 1st by the flesh and 2nd
by the Spirit.
Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Both letters from the apostles speak of a
second birth, Jesus speaks of being born again of the Spirit to get into
the Kingdom of God and Peter makes mention of being born of an
incorruptible seed (IMPORTANT: being redeemed because of it). From the
connecting root word in Greek (G313/G1080 )
it is clear that Peter is saying to the believer that they are born again
(reference to Jesus’s words to Nicodemus) there and now (present
continuous); Also and more importantly, they are redeemed because of it. Being redeemed gives you the
right to enter into the Kingdom of God.
TTGM: Note that Christ has (again past tense) redeemed us
(believers) from the curse of the law. Also, because of redemption we can
now receive the promise of the Spirit (here and now). This is the second
birth, the incorruptible seed spoken about earlier in this document by
(Gal 3:12 [KJV])
And the law is not of
faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
(Gal 3:13 [KJV])
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a
curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
TTGM: Note the promise of the spirit after redemption (2nd
(Gal 3:14 [KJV])
That the blessing of
Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
TTGM: Jesus confirms that the spirit will be given not
tomorrow but in the present as we live on this earth. As we walk, the
world (presently) cannot see him.
(John 14:16-17 [KJV])
And I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another Comforter, that he
may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit
of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
What exactly is
the Kingdom of God.
We must touch on what exactly is the Kingdom of God? We will
let scripture answer this question.
(Luke 17:20-21 [KJV])
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom
of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh
not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.
(Luke 13:29 [KJV])
And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and
from the north, and from the south, and shall sit
down in the kingdom of God.
(Luke 18:17 [KJV])
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
The Kingdom of God is IN the believer and secondly it is a
physical place to be. In Mark 4:11 it is called a mystery. The Word of God
is the spoken will of the Father. When the believer accepts the Word (from
the sower), the Word resides in him. The Kingdom of God according to the
word is practiced by the believer. When the physical Kingdom of God (place)
is established on earth, the followers of Christ would already know and
have the way of life in and part of them.
Example from Israel’s past
should help us in better understanding this mystery:
Someone once said, “it was easy for God to get Israel out of
Egypt, but it proved difficult getting Egypt out of Israel. The Kingdom of Egypt
resided in Israel even thought they were on their journey to the promised
land. After a while on their journey, they wanted to be back in Egypt; why?
Because The kingdom of Egypt was still in them.
When the Kingdom of God is in you, your wish and your desire
would be towards this place (Kingdom of God).
(Mark 4:11 [KJV])
And he said unto them, Unto
you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto
them that are without, all these things are done in parables: