Who exactly is a ‘born-again’ Christian?
I have heard of and used the term born-again Christian for many years, and have recently come to realize that it is an amazing misnomer to describe A person who has transitioned from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God…
Whichever one turns it, to say that a person who is a child of God is a born again Christian is (in my opinion) an incorrect statement.
What makes a Christian a Christian, is the fact that he has been born into the kingdom of God, and so if he is dubbed as a Christian who is “Born again” what has he been born again into? Yet another kingdom, or back into the kingdom of the world.
Jesus never used this term “born again” as being descriptive of a status, but rather as the mode of translation into the kingdom of God.
So being born again is the process by which one gets transitioned into the kingdom of God by believing in the Son of God. Others may now perceive this change and call such a person A Christian by virtue of the fact that they now display Christ-like qualities, and other members of the kingdom may recognize him as a believer… but for a Christian to be born-again, to me it connotes that such a one has transitioned out of the kingdom of God (God forbid!)
The road to eternity is a one-way street called the Word of God, and The Spirit of God powers forward propulsion on it…
It is impossible for one to be powered backward on the road to eternity, and that is the reason for the scripture below:
4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
And so I am going to make the bold statement that for Christian to call himself a born again Christian is actually not a good thing! Some may say that I’m getting caught up on semantics, but I submit that semantics is what lends meaning to our words in our world…
noun: semantics; noun: logical semantics; noun: lexical semantics
· The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and sub-branches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.
· The meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.
The term born again is not what I have a problem with; it is the tagging on of the word Christian to it that I believe gives it an entirely different and rather undesirable meaning…
So who am I if I am not a born again Christian? Simple – I am a child of God born into the Kingdom of God by God’s Spirit and most importantly, I am a child of God Born into the family of God by the one of God, propelled by the Power of God’s Spirit – I am a believer in Christ Jesus, transformed and not conformed!