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There was a man named Nicodemus. He was a religious teacher. He was attracted to Jesus by the many miracles that Jesus did. He wanted to know more about Jesus. 

Jesus told him “unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). 

All human beings have experienced natural birth on earth. But Jesus says: to live with God in heaven, we must experience a supernatural birth from above. 

Nicodemus did not understand how anyone could be born again. He thought we have to go back into our mother’s womb and be physically born again. He did not understand that Jesus was speaking about spiritual birth, not physical one.

No one can enter heaven - that is, God’s kingdom - by human efforts, good karma or duty. God gives it to us as a free gift. We are saved by grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). The entry into heaven is by believing in Jesus.

This new birth is not reincarnation. It’s a complete change of our heart and character, in this life, now. It’s an internal change where we become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). It’s also a confident expectation of living with God in heaven forever - we are “‘born again to a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). 

Reincarnation means it takes many births to achieve moksha. It’s a never-ending cycle. 

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But when Jesus gives us new birth into God’s family, our sins are forgiven and forgotten. There is no more debt to pay; there is no more bad karma. So we have confidence that when this life is over, we will live with God forever (John 1:12-13). 

Jesus’ gift of eternal life is free. He invites all people, from every background, race, and ethnicity, to enjoy his gift of spiritual rebirth. 

To find out more, contact us, we’d love to get to know you, and help you get to know Jesus better. 

Dinesh Taunk

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