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The Call to a New Life
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Being Born a Second Time
not marvel when I tell you that you must be born anew.
Truly, I tell
you: unless you are born anew, you will not see the kingdom of God.
Except you are born of water and the breath of God, you will not
enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is
born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the breath
of God is spirit. The wind blows where it wishes, and we hear the
sound that it makes; still we do not know from where it comes, or
where it will go. So it is for those who are born anew by the breath
examples: No one weaves a piece of new cloth into a ruined garment,
for the new piece which is stronger will merely pull the old cloth
apart, and the tear will be made worse. Neither do you put new wine
into old wine flasks, less the old flasks burst, and the new wine
spill out, and the investment be lost. Instead you store new wine
in flasks that are new, and both are preserved.
How is it then,
that even after so much learning, you are not familiar with the
most basic truths? If I have taught you such things, using earthly
examples, and still you fail to comprehend, how will you understand
if I speak to you of heavenly things?
God did not
send his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through his son might be redeemed. Whoever believes in him is not
condemned; but whoever does not believe stands condemned already,
because they have not believed in the name of God's only son.
I am the resurrection
and the life. Whoever believes in me, though they die on this earth,
will live again. They will be given eternal life and not perish!
I have told you, already many times: If you believe you will see
the glory of God.
My mission is
to accomplish the purpose of him who has sent me. This, then, is
God's will: That all who hear me and these words come to truly believe
in the one whom the Father has sent.
Hear this lesson:
A man had two sons. The younger son said to his father: "Father,
give me my portion of the inheritance." Without questioning,
the father gave him his share.
Not long afterwards
this same son gathered his possessions, and journeyed to a far country.
There he squandered his wealth with reckless living. When his last
cent was gone, a terrible famine swept the land, and he was left
destitute and without friends.
Finally he found
menial work tending swine. In his desperation, he was about to eat
the corn husks reserved for the swine. Then, coming to his senses,
he thought: My father's servants have more than enough bread, with
much left over; while I am about to eat the swine’s food to
save myself from starvation. I will return to my Father and throw
myself on his mercy. 'Father,” I will say, “I have wronged
you and heaven, and am no longer worthy to be your son. Let me at
least be one of your hired servants.'"
he rose from the dust, and began the long voyage home.
When he was
still a great way off, his father saw him in the distance, and having
compassion on him, ran out to meet him and embraced him tenderly.
The son began
his confession. "Father,” he wept, “I have sinned
against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be
called your son."
The father did
not let him finish, but turned instead to his servants and said:
"Bring out my best clothes, and dress my son. Put my signet
ring on his hand, and my finest shoes on his feet. Select our fattest
calf from the field, and prepare it. Let us feast and be merry.
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and now
Then began a
the elder brother returned from a day working in the field. As he
drew near to the house he heard music and dancing. Summoning one
of the servants, he asked: "What is the purpose of this celebration?"
replied: "Your brother has returned home; and your father has
killed the fattest calf, because he has returned safe and without
At this, the
elder brother became very angry, and refused to take part in the
banquet. Even his father begged him to join in the feasting.
he refused, and said, "Behold all these many years I have served
you, never breaking one of your commandments. Yet you never offered
me feasts to celebrate with my friends. Now my prodigal brother
wanders home, who has no doubt wasted his inheritance on prostitutes
and wine, and you kill the prized calf and celebrate!"
To this, the
father replied: "My son, you have always been faithful to me,
and you know that all that I have is yours. But it is proper that
we celebrate, and give thanks this night. For your brother was dead,
and is alive again, was lost, but now is found."
Except you change
your ways, and become children, you will not enter the kingdom of
heaven. The Son of Man is sent into the world to save those that
are lost: for it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven,
that even the least among you should remain outside of the kingdom.
For God so loved
the world that he sacrificed his only son. Whoever believes in him
shall not die but receive everlasting life. Do you believe this?