It starts with being “Born Again”. This is what Jesus Himself told Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus didn’t understand and so he asked the question we all might ask. “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus told him being Born Again was not a physical birth like being born the first time when we came out of our mother’s womb with water. Being Born Again is a spiritual birth that is by faith.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee (a religious leader). He knew the history of God’s people how when they were in the desert God sent poisonous snakes to bite them. Once bitten, they died. Thousands died. The people urged Moses their leader to do something and when he asked God what he should do God told him to make a bronze serpent like the real ones and set it up on a pole in the desert. If anyone that had been bitten should look at that bronze serpent they would live and not die. It was a matter of faith. If someone who had been bitten thought looking at the bronze serpent was a waste of time and didn’t look, they died.
Jesus then explained all this to Nicodemus saying, “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”. The Bible teaches that we have all been bitten by a serpent, the devil. We are all born of our parents as sinners. Ignoring God, we live lives that are disobedient to His will and God calls this sin. Romans 6:23 tells us clearly, “For the wages of sin is death”. But this is not the end of the verse for Paul goes on in this verse to say, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
God’s gift to us is His Son, Jesus Christ. He was lifted up on a Cross outside the city wall of Jerusalem. Everyone who looks to Him repenting of their sin, that is saying sorry and intending to turn away from it and by faith asking Jesus to be their Saviour, God forgives their sin and they are born again of the Spirit.
The Bible says that everyone who is Born Again is a new creation. The relationship with God that was broken is restored. From then on, the Christian lives to please God, do His will, keep His commands and grow more Christ like day by day. There is now a desire to read the Bible and spend time with God in prayer. In short, it is a completely new life-style which is the evidence that someone is a Real Christian.