Born of the Spirit

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : John 3:1-15

Christians of my era once spoke warmly about being “born again.” Not so much any more, it seems. Listen to the funeral service for one of your church members and you’ll probably just hear all sorts of good things said about your dear departed brother or sister. But what happened to “by grace alone”? “By faith alone”? “By the Spirit alone”? We say proudly that we are not like Roman Catholics who focus their hopes on sacramental grace-the reception of the last rites and other sacraments. But scratch the surface of most of us Protestants and you’ll find people who equally depend on their goodness rather than the Spirit’s work.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Without the Holy Spirit you won’t get into the kingdom of God.” There is a visible work of the Holy Spirit in which he empowers people with gifts and fruits. But first there must be an invisible, interior work, in which he enables us to rise from spiritual death and say, “Thank you, Jesus, I want to live for you.”

Has the Spirit done that work in you? Have you been born again?


“I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew,
He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true,
No, I was found of thee.” Amen. (Anonymous)