BORN AGAIN and Saved are two choices that God gives us and if this writing is to serve its purpose, it must leave us with a clear understanding of what BORN AGAIN and Saved both mean and how they may differ.
We begin in Mark 16:16 (KJV) where Christ, after ascending to Heaven, addresses what we must do if we are to be Saved:
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Jesus now tells what we must do to become the “He That Believeth” in this verse; Romans 10:9 (KJV) reads:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
And as we can see, if we are to Believe that Christ died and rose from the dead, placing His Sacrifice in our hearts is a necessity thing because it being in our hearts shows confessing it to be a believable thing.
Baptism shows that we Believe, yet many believe that being baptized represents the Born of Water part of being Saved but that is not so; Baptism serves to show others that we believe Christ died and rose again. Our bodies being submerged under water shows us believing that Christ died for us and we being raised out of the water show us believing that Christ rose from the dead.
Returning to BORN AGAIN and whether or not it differs from being Saved, we continue to address what Believing is; Believing includes knowing precisely what Christ accomplished when He died for us. Hebrews 2:14 (KJV) tells that Christ came to this Earth Age to die and that He dying for us was necessary; it served a purpose:
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Christ’s Death defeated Satan whose name is Death and with Satan being in charge of sin, Christ Death provides us with an escape; it allows us to obtain forgiveness, something that removes sin, Satan’s Power. If Christ had not died for us, we would still be accountable for our past sins and Satan’s Power would still be in effect.
In addition to forgiveness, Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) adds that Faith, believing that Christ died for us, is Grace:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Grace, a gift from God, comes from having Hope and Hope comes from believing in something that we cannot see; Romans 8:24 (KJV) connects Grace and Faith to Hope when telling what Hope is, for we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what