By the Word

  Peter wrote that we are born again by the incorruptible seed, the word of God (1 Pet. 1:23). James wrote were are begotten by the word of truth (Jam. 1:18). Paul said the Corinthians were begotten by the gospel (1 Cor. 4:15). To be born of the Spirit means the Holy Spirit operates on the hearts of men by the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:17). There is no such thing as the new birth apart from the word of God. This is why the word, the gospel, the truth must be preached to every creature (Mark. 16:15).

  People may talk about being born again through some strange feeling, weird emotional reaction, special guidance and visionary light from heaven, etc. But that is not the avenue of God to produce the new spiritual creature in Christ. People make a serious mistake to look for and expect something of this nature that they call the new birth. The new birth is compliance to the teaching of the word of God. Friend, there is no other way.