The question of what happens when you become born again is a commonly asked question among many in the Christian circles, especially among the new converts.
As you have come here, I am sure you may be asking the above same question especially if you are in doubt of your salvation and this is what this post today will talk about.
Being born again is the most important decision you will ever make in this lifetime because that decision will determine where you will spend eternity when your earthly life is over which is why you need to take this decision seriously.
When you become born again, your life changes dramatically. You’re no longer just a person who is saved by the grace of God. You become a new creation in Christ, and that means you’re going to see some amazing things happen in your life.
With that said, let’s look at what happens when you become born again after experiencing the new birth in Christ, Jesus that makes you become a new person with reference to bible verses in both the old testament and the new testament.
Why Is It Important To Be Born Again?
The Bible is clear that we need to be born again. Jesus Christ said in John 3:3 that unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. This was the first step in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
It was His way of saying, “Listen up!” If you want to enter into the kingdom of heaven, you have to be reborn and be a new creation in Him.
Being born again is important because we are all born physically into this life with a sinful nature that makes us inherently sinful which is why do all manner of vile and bad things.
We are told in Romans 3:23 that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. In short, sin has separated us from God.
So, we need to be born again so that our old nature of sin that makes us inherently sinful, is done away with and replaced with the new nature of Christ so that we no longer live in sin fulfilling the desires of our sinful flesh.
Becoming born again is also important because it’s what will help you avoid eternal punishment and damnation in hellfire that was prepared for the devil and his angels as it allows us to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ so that we don’t perish (John 3:16).
Related: The Importance Of Being Born Again [And Why Care?].
13 Things That Happen When You Become Born Again.
Below are the 13 things that happen when you become born again by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior.
- You Receive The New Birth.
- You Become A New Creature.
- You Receive A New Heart.
- You Receive A New Spirit.
- Your Old Nature Dies.
- You Become A Heavenly Citizen.
- Your Sins Become Forgiven.
- You Receive Eternal Life.
- You Will Manifest The 9 Fruits Of The Spirit.
- You Have A New Life.
- You Start Living A Holy Life.
- You Become Adopted Into God’s Family.
- You Begin To Love God More.
1. You Receive The New Birth.
The first thing that happens when you become born again is that your receive the new birth in Christ Jesus Romans 6:4-6 talks about that makes you become a new person. Implying that you will no longer live the old life of sin you once loved when you were dead in sin due to the new nature of Christ in you caused by the new birth.
Related: 13 Characteristics Of The New Nature Of Christ [+ Sermon].
2. You Become A New Creature.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that any man who is in Christ Jesus becomes a new creation and that the old life of sin is done away with. Implying that when you become born again, you become a new person with new desires that are holy and righteous that make you desire to follow righteousness and hate the sin you once loved when your old sinful self was active.
3. You Receive A New Heart.
When you become a truly born again Christian, you also receive the new heart the Lord promises in Ezekiel 36:26 and that the stony sinful heart you were born with is done away with. It’s this new heart that makes you have the new nature of Christ in you that desires holiness and it’s this new heart that will make you love God and not be resistant to His word.
Related: 12 Main Qualities Of A Pure Heart [ Washed By The Blood].
4. You Receive A New Spirit.
A new Spirit which is the Holy Spirit is also given to you when you become a born again Christian. And it’s this Holy Spirit of God dwelling in you that will now help you start living a new life of righteousness and not sin as you become God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19,20). You will now walk after the Spirit and not the flesh due to God’s Spirit indwelling in you.
Related: What Happens When You Receive The Holy Spirit?
5. Your Old Nature Dies.
If you truly become born again by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, your old nature of sin will die and Christ will start living in you (Romans 6:6). This means that your old sinful nature that made sin will no longer be active because you are now dead in sin but alive in Christ that is why you will now desire to live a holy life that’s above sin.
Related: 15 Traits of The Old Nature Of Sin [Summarizing Sinners]
6. You Become A Heavenly Citizen.
Being a heavenly citizen is one of the most beautiful things that happen when you become born again. Implying that you will not go to hell, which is full of eternal suffering and torment but heaven when you die where everlasting joy abides which will be amazing. This is why Jesus Christ told Nicodemus in John 3:3 that you can’t enter heaven unless you become born again.
7. Your Sins Become Forgiven.
The other thing that happens when you become born is that your sins become forgiven by our Lord Jesus Christ who has the power to forgive all sin. Implying that you no longer be troubled by the guilt of sin as you know the God has already forgiven you and that He no longer remembers your sins nor will He remind you of them (Micah 7:19).
8. You Receive Eternal Life.
Eternal life is one of the most precious gifts from God that you receive when you become a truly born again Christian that Jesus Christ promises in John 3:15 to all those who believe in Him. And it’s this gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus that will enable you to spend eternity with God and the redeemed saints of all the ages in heaven where there will be no more suffering or death.
Related: Importance Of Eternal Life & Why Care? (+ Video Sermon).
9. You Will Manifest The 9 Fruits Of The Spirit.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit Galatians 5:22,23 talks about will manifest in your Christian life when you become truly born again after receiving your salvation and experiencing the spiritual rebirth. Otherwise, the works of the flesh Galatians 5:19,21 is what will manifest in your life if you are not genuinely born again yet though you to church every Sunday religiously.
Related: 17 (Must-Have) Characteristics Of A Born Again Christian.
10. You Have A New Life.
Since when you become a truly born again Christian, you become a new creation as 2 Corinthians 5:17 earlier told us, it, therefore, follows that you will also start living a new life due to the new nature of Christ in you. This new life will be characterized by holiness and righteousness. No longer will you live in your old sins anymore, as you are a new creation.
11. You Start Living A Holy Life.
Living a holy life is one of the clear signs that will show if you are truly born again due to the new nature of Christ that’s now active in you. A truly born-again person who has experienced a spiritual rebirth doesn’t live a life of sin (1 John 3:9). But, if you haven’t experienced the new spiritual rebirth, yet, you won’t live a holy life as your old sinful nature is still alive.
Related: How To Live A Holy Life In An Unholy World? [+Sermon]
12. You Become Adopted Into God’s Family.
Another amazing thing that happens when you become born again is that you will now become adopted into God’s family as the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:5. This means that you will now enter a new relationship with God that you never had when you were a sinner living in sin as you are now part of God’s spiritual family consisting of redeemed saints.
13. You Begin To Love God More.
Last but not least, when you truly become a born again believer, you will begin to love God more with all your heart, soul, might, and mind as Christ Jesus commands us in Luke 10:27. Implying that you will now do the things God loves and avoid doing things God hates such as sin. You will also serve God wholeheartedly if you love Him.
Related: 13 Major Characteristics Of A True Christian [+ Sermon].
I hope the above article has thoroughly answered your question on what happens when you become born again so that you can now differentiate a truly born again Christian from the one who is not but is just merely religious. Stay blessed and don’t forget to share before you leave.
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