John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Born once, die twice.
Born twice, die once.
My good friend, Don Rees, used to repeat that saying from time to time. Don is the one who introduced me to my elderly friend, Uncle Frank. If you are only born once, you will die twice: once physically, once spiritually and eternally. If you are born twice, you will die just once physically, but you will live eternally with Jesus Christ. The second birth is a spiritual birth, and takes place when you have made a personal choice at a specific time and place to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and take Him into your life and trust in Him alone for your eternal salvation.
The New Birth has nothing to do with water baptism. It has nothing to do with church membership. It has everything to do with you coming to Christ, confessing your sin, confessing your need of a Savior from sin and its penalty, and your receiving Christ into your life. You must be born again: it is not optional. Experiencing the New Birth, once it has happened in your life, will be looked upon as the most important experience of your life.
On November 7, 1953, on a Saturday morning in Detroit, Michigan, I received Christ and was genuinely saved while I was all alone delivering papers for my Detroit Shopping News paper route on Lumpkin Street. As I crossed the street in the middle of the block to reach the houses on the east side of the street, I thought about the fact that crossing the street in the middle of that block–my usual habit on that little-traveled street–could result in a fatal accident, however unlikely. If I were to die then and there, I thought about whether I would go to heaven. I realized that though I had attended church at Highland Park Baptist Church since infancy when my parents carried me there, I knew I had never personally received Christ. Just then, right there, I stopped under a little oak tree and prayed to receive Christ and personal salvation. I continued on my way whistling the little Gospel song, “Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me, not for the years of time alone, but for eternity.” I have most certainly been soundly saved ever since that day, and from the Bible have absolute assurance that I now possess eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:12, 13).
You can have eternal life and assurance of salvation–get it the same way I did now 63 years ago.