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What Does Being “Born Again” Mean?

by Ken Ham on December 8, 2011

What does being “born again” mean?

Creation Question


Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).


John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 10:13

A long time ago, a Jewish ruler (Nicodemus) came to Jesus and asked the very same question. He wondered how in the world a person could be born again when they were already old. Jesus’ answer was very clear. Being born again means becoming part of God’s family—the word “again” literally means “from above”—becoming a child of God. This is different than being born like a baby is born; this birth is a spiritual birth. It is something that happens in our heart. It is actually becoming a new creation. Let me explain. When I was born again into God’s family, my life changed and my heart changed. I knew I was God’s child now. The things I wanted to do were different. I wanted to learn about God. I learned to trust Jesus and understood that without Him I could never get to heaven. I wanted to go to church and learn more about what the Bible says. I began to love God more and more (as I got to know Him better). I learned that God hated my sins, but that if I was sorry for them and if I believed that Jesus died on the Cross so I could be forgiven, then God would forgive me. Being born again has given me assurance that I will one day be in heaven with God, my Lord and Savior! It can do the same for you.