Dating a born again christian man
If both parents were Roman, citizenship was conferred at birth.
In John, Jesus is calling His broader audience to citizenship from ‘above’—that is in heaven, or the kingdom of God.
He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again?
Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?
” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit (John 3:1-6; NABRE). is also consistent with the Greek while also fitting in with the context—where Nicodemus clearly takes Jesus to be referring to a second birth.
If we become citizens of heaven, that’s where we ultimately belong—our destiny is there, not here. It is specifically through baptism that we are born again: Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5) So yes, being ‘born again’ entails a personal commitment to Christ. Certainly for an adult being baptized it comes with a personal—and public—profession of faith.
As with the origins of the phrase itself, its actual meaning isn’t what many people think it is. The poem, which was written by Virgil some two to three decades before the birth of Christ, would have been intimately familiar to any Latin speaker of the time.
Instead, he says God must be ‘with Him’—not the same thing as John 1:1 so emphatically reminded us.
In this context, Jesus’ response is all the more intriguing: Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above” (John 3:3).
But ‘born again’ actually has meaning both a more specific and also deeper meaning than this when considered in its context.
In case you didn’t know, the phrase comes from John 3, where it is sometimes also translated as ‘from above’ instead of ‘again.’ Here is some of the important context: Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
It is a person; it is he.” Defined this way, the two statements start to line up.