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Most of us are familiar with the expression:
“Born once – die twice; born twice – die once.”
On the surface the statement contrasts the difference that faith in Jesus makes. The contrast is this: if one is only born once, that is naturally or physically and throughout their lives they never came to trust in the saving person and work of Jesus Christ, in the end, they will die both a physical death as well as a spiritual death. If, on the other hand, one is born both in the natural way that all of us came into the world as well as in a supernatural way by faith in Jesus Christ then it carries that they may only experience physical death and that, as a doorway to an eternal life of joy and peace in the presence of the Lord.
Is that true? I mean, is it true that those born twice only die once?You see Jesus told Nicodemus in [John 3:3]: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;”and after Nicodemus expressed his inability to understand the Lord’s words, Jesus replied:
[v.5-7]“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”
Later, the Lord said to Martha at the tomb of her then recently deceased brother Lazarus [John 11:25-26]: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” Clearly Jesus makes the connection that those who come alive to Him by faith may only experience the death of their physical body.
In both instances, either for believers or those who die in unbelief there is a second death – for the unbeliever, spiritual death involves eternal separation from God and follows their physical death; for the Christian it involves a separation from self before the end of their life. The sinner is living to die; the saint has died to live – which one will you be?
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "Indentified with Christ."