God’s Plan for Mankind – We must be Born Again
In Genesis chapter 1 we read that God made mankind male and female and blessed them to be “fruitful and multiply”. Why did the Creator of the universe give man the mandate to procreate and proliferate? Think about the billions of humans born since the world began. What were they born for? What did they live for? Where have they all gone? Did their lives have any real meaning?
Israel’s King David asked a similar question. He wrote in the 8th Psalm:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
The answer to these questions is found in a mystery: each of us must be changed in a spiritual sense. As the Bible puts it, we must be “born again”. That is God’s plan for each of us.
The apostle John boldly tells us that everything, both seen and unseen, was made through Jesus (Heb: Yeshua). From human beings, to the earth, to the starry heavens; from atomic constants, to the molecular structure of matter, to our DNA – all were made through Jesus (John chapter 1). And the Bible tells us that this same Creator Jesus came into the world to show man how to live. John goes on to say that all who believe in Jesus are given the right to become children of God. These are children not born through a woman’s pregnancy, but born of God by His Spirit. This is a mystery accepted by faith. In John 1:9-14, we read:
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
This speaks of two births of man: a physical birth through woman and a spiritual birth through God’s Spirit. That’s God’s plan for mankind. Jesus said:
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John chapter 3)
Note that Jesus leaves the ball in our court! It’s up to an individual to choose to believe in Jesus – to trust Him and be born a second time! It’s up to us to find the meaning of life and our destiny through Jesus Christ.