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And what effect does New Birth have on a person's life?
Well, there are millions of wonderful effects -- being rescued by God is but one of them.
But one mentioned here in John 3 is that a person in Christ has the chance to be radically honest about their life and sin. They can radically pursue a New Life, starting up their life in a fresh way. V17- They know that Jesus did not come bent on condemning them. But on saving them. And they have Jesus as a demonstration of this.
And because they can rest in the knowledge that they are loved and accepted by the one who matters most, they can let their lives be 'exposed'.
Oscar Wilde once said:
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.A person in Christ is able to take off their mask, and still tell the truth. At least, they ought to!
They are able to say to God - 'Tell me how you want me to live my life. I've been determining how to live my life. But now, you determine it.'
V20-21 - A Christian does not have to avoid the light. But they can come to the light, knowing that what they do will be acceptable to the God who has dealt with their life.
NOW -- I can't take away the cultural cringe factor, and the ‘alien factor’ may remain. But it's important to know that a Christian is not just a sincere person, nor a person who simply contributes to society. And pays her taxes. And is nice to other people. They may be all of that.
But a Christian is a person who says: What happened to Junior last Monday, that has happened to me - I have been anew born from God.
And that has changed and shaped and colored everything!
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