Lessons from The Gospel of John: You Must Be Born Again

Jesus replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”  – John 3:3

Yesterday I left the question hanging, “What must I do to be saved?”

Nicodemus went to see Jesus and Jesus knew that this was what Nicodemus wanted to ask. In the popular King James Version it is translated, “Except a man be born again.”

Being “born again” became a catchphrase of the Jesus Movement of the 70s and 80s, but it is what Jesus said must happen. This is later repeated in multiple ways by the apostles.

In 1877, George Stebbins and William Sleeper wrote the song “You Must Be Born Again” that really says all that I would in this post.

A ruler once came to Jesus by night
To ask Him the way of salvation and light;
The Master made answer in words true and plain,
“Ye must be born again.”


“Ye must be born again,
Ye must be born again,
I verily, verily, say unto thee,
Ye must be born again.”

Ye children of men, attend to the Word,
So solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord;
And let not this message to you be in vain,
“Ye must be born again.”


O ye who would enter that glorious rest,
And sing with the ransomed the song of the blest,
The life everlasting if ye would obtain,
“Ye must be born again.”


A dear one in Heaven thy heart yearns to see,
At the beautiful gate may be watching for thee,
Then list to the note of this solemn refrain,
“Ye must be born again.”



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  1. 1234aussie said:

    Well said, you must be born again, and that is achieved by baptism by emersion by one having authority. no other way. billy graham and the likewho preach some other way are wrong your future depends on the right choic.

    January 16, 2011

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