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Made  Alive  Part  1  -­  The  Essence  of  the  New  Birth  
Text:  John  3:1-­12  


The  essence  of  the  new  birth  is  that  God  takes  spiritually  dead  people  and  makes  them  alive.    
The  new  birth  makes  a  person  BRAND  NEW.  It  is  not  about  ‘turning  over  a  new  leaf’  or  
‘finding  religion’.  The  new  birth  is  not  moral  rehabilitation,  but  it’s  spiritual  regeneration.  
Before  the  new  birth  we  are  dead  IN  sin,  but  after  the  new  birth  we  are  dead  TO  sin  and  
alive  to  God  
Romans  6:10-­‐11    
In  the  new  birth  people  are  transformed  and  not  just  conformed.  The  new  birth  begins  
inwardly  and  works  outwardly,  not  the  other  way  around.  The  new  birth  is  about  
relationship  with  God,  not  rules  of  a  church.  The  new  birth  is  about  a  spiritual  work  of  God,  
not  the  works  and  self-­‐effort  of  ourselves.  
1.  The  New  Birth  Is  Not  A  Guarantee  For  Anybody    
A.  Being  Religious  Doesn’t  Make  You  Born  Again    
Nicodemus  was:  A  Pharisee,  A  Member  of  the  Jewish  Ruling  Council,  and  Israel’s  Teacher.  
Nicodemus  was  a  very  religious  man.  He  learned  the  scriptures  from  a  child  and  did  all  of  
the  religious  works  that  he  could,  yet  Jesus  said  he  needed  to  be  born  again.    
Luke  18:9-­‐14    
This  means  we  can  be  good  people,  moral,  do  religious  works,  hold  positions  in  church..  yet  
NOT  be  born  again!  

B.  Your  Natural  Birth  Doesn’t  Make  You  Born  Again    
There  are  two  things  that  mattered  to  Nicodemus  and  in  Judaism:  1.  Their  birth  as  a  child  of  
Abraham,  and  2.  The  fact  they  were  born  in  national  Israel  automatically  made  them  a  
recipient  of  covenant  with  God.  
Jesus  is  in  essence  telling  Nicodemus  here  that  it  doesn’t  matter  if  you  are  born  a  Jew  in  
Israel  or  not,  that  no  longer  guarantees  you  a  covenant  with  God.  In  order  to  be  a  part  of  
what  God  is  doing,  he  must  be  born  again.  
Luke  3:8  
John  8:32-­‐44    
Galatians  6:12-­‐16    
This  means  we  can  be  born  into  a  Christian  family,  in  a  Christian  community,  and  in  a  
Christian  nation  yet  NOT  be  born  again  
2.  The  New  Birth  Is  How  You  Experience  The  Kingdom  of  God    
Jesus  tells  Nicodemus  that  he  must  be  born  again  to  ‘enter’  and  to  ‘see’  the  kingdom  of  God.    
A.  The  kingdom  of  God  is  not  about  establishing  an  earthly  entity,  but  entering  into  a  spiritual  
The  Jews  were  looking  for  a  political  leader  to  over  throw  their  oppressors  and  set  up  Israel  
as  a  physical  kingdom,  but  Jesus  came  not  as  a  political  leader,  but  as  a  spiritual  leader  to  
overthrow  spiritual  oppressors  and  set  up  a  spiritual  kingdom  in  the  hearts  of  people.  
B.  The  kingdom  of  God  (heaven)  is  not  about  getting  off  of  the  planet,  it’s  about  advancing  this  
spiritual  kingdom  into  the  hearts  and  lives  of  people  on  the  planet    
Jesus  isn’t  talking  to  Nicodemus  about  going  to  a  place  called  heaven  when  he  dies,  but  a  life  
called  the  kingdom  that  he  could  live  right  now!  
The  kingdom  of  God  is  the  dominion  and  power  of  God  coming  into  the  earth  and  taking  
authority  through  supernatural  means,  bringing  salvation,  deliverance,  healing,  life  and  
Matthew  9:35    
Matthew  10:7    
Luke  10:9    
Luke  11:20    

C.  A  spiritual  kingdom  requires  a  spiritual  birth    
3.  The  New  Birth  Was  Foretold  In  The  Old  Testament    
Jesus  told  Nicodemus  that  he  should  not  be  surprised  of  this  saying  because  Nicodemus  was  
‘a  teacher  of  Israel.’  As  a  teacher  of  Israel,  Nicodemus  knew  that  the  scripture  foretold  of  
what  God  would  do  through  the  Messiah  in  bringing  spiritual  regeneration.  
God’s  ultimate  plan  was  NOT  the  Law  of  Moses.  The  law  of  Moses  was  only  temporary  
UNTIL  Jesus  and  the  coming  of  the  Holy  Spirit.    
Galatians  3:19    
Hebrews  8:6-­‐8,  13  
Jeremiah  31:31-­‐34    
Ezekiel  11:19-­‐20    
Ezekiel  36:22-­‐28    
The  New  Birth  was  promised  to  God’s  people  in  the  Old  Testament  scriptures,  scriptures  
that  Nicodemus  KNEW  very  well,  and  ultimately  these  promises  were  fulfilled  through  
Questions  and  Reflections:  
1.  Why  do  you  think  a  powerful,  religious  man  like  Nicodemus  came  seeking  something  
from  Jesus?  
2.  According  to  this  lesson,  what  is  the  essence  of  the  new  birth?  
3.  Explain  in  your  own  words  what  it  means  to  be  born  again?  How  would  you  explain  it  to  
your  friends/family?  
4.  In  your  own  words,  what  does  it  mean  to  be  ‘dead  to  sin  and  alive  unto  God’?  
5.  In  the  parable  in  Luke  18:9-­‐14,  why  do  you  think  that  the  religious  man  (Pharisee)  went  
away  lost,  while  the  tax  collector  went  away  justified?  
6.  What  do  you  think  it  means  to  ‘see’  and  ‘enter’  the  kingdom  of  God?  
7.  How  does  it  change  our  focus  when  our  idea  of  the  Kingdom  of  God  changes  from  just  
‘going  to  heaven’  to  ‘manifesting  the  kingdom  on  earth’?  
8.  What  are  ways  that  believers  today  can  show  that  they  belong  to  the  kingdom  of  God?  
8.  Why  was  the  Law  of  Moses  only  temporary?  What  part  does  the  Holy  Spirit  play  in  your  

9.    Why  should  Nicodemus  have  known  about  the  promise  of  the  new  birth?  
10.  What  difference  do  you  think  being  born  again  would  have  helped  Nicodemus?  How  has  
the  new  birth  helped  you?  

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