THE NEW BIRTH IS A SUPERNATURAL HAPPENING THAT HAPPENS TO US
The key is not saying you agree with what Jesus does, but by experiencing the supernatural reality in your own life. Can I say, the new birth, salvation, is not natural, but the supernatural. "That which is born of the flesh, is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." The Spirit is not a part of this earthly world. What happens in the new birth doesn’t happen in the natural realm, but in the supernatural realm. God is God and He is the instantaneous cause of the new birth
- The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. God the Holy Spirit must come upon you and transport new life into existence.
- From our viewpoint, the way you and I experience this new life is that faith in Jesus Christ is inflamed in our hearts. Thus spiritual life and faith in Jesus Christ comes into being at the same time. This new life makes the faith possible, and since spiritual life always inflames faith and expresses itself in faith, there is no life without faith in Jesus. And from God’s side, we are united to Christ in the new birth. That’s what the Holy Spirit does. From our side, we experience this union by faith in Jesus.
- Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. "I am the bread of life." John 6:35. Then Acts 20:31 "These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."
Here is what happens at the time of the entrance of the New Birth, or eternal life, there is a relationship with Jesus and a belief in Jesus. But for now I want to say: The New Birth incorporates us to Christ in a living union (Romans 6) Christ is life. We were dead in the spiritual sense. Christ gave us life. John 15 Christ is the vine where life flows. We are the branches. Thus, at the New Birth there is a transcendental or supernatural creation, birth of a new spiritual life, and it is created through a joint connection with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit brings us into an essential attachment with Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.