The new birth in Jesus Christ was very popular at one point, but it seem to be loosing importance in our churches today. The true is that the bible says that whoever is not born from water and from the Spirit will not enter the kingdom of God. To be born again seems to be vital to reach salvation.
First, we are born from water through baptism. We commit to believe and live according to the scriptures. In few words, we commit to fallow Jesus in everything he said. This part takes a great deal of self control and discipline. Few people are naturally well disciplined and have a great deal of self control. These group make wonderful religious people. Probably this is the group that won’t put our churches in shame.
But there is another requirement to reach salvation. We need to repent and born from the Spirit. This is easy to understand for all of those who are sinners to the eyes of everyone. It’s easy for those who have no sense of self discipline and neither self control to recognize that only a miracle from God can save them. That was the case of the women who cry at Jesus feet and dry his feet with her tears. She was repented from her heart. She could see that she did not deserve to be saved, that she needed The Lord desperately on her life.
But the big true is that we are all sinners and none of us deserve salvation for what we had done. Salvation is a gift to those who find grace on Him.
The second baptism or new birth is the one from the Spirit. Through the spirit, we gain a new heart capable of loving, full of faith, joy, peace. A meek heart, humble and good, capable of controlling himself. The fruit of the Spirit produces in us a sincere repentance and it convince us of sin. John 16:8 “GOD’S WORD Translation
He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.”
The Holy Spirit also purifies our hearts giving us clean and pure heart according to God.