According to the Bible, human birth, growth, and development are images of our spiritual development.
First, Jesus saves us. This includes our justification on the one hand and our regeneration on the other. Regeneration is new birth, and birth is the impartation of life.
When Jesus rose again from the dead, He became a life-giving spirit. As such, He was able to “breathe” His Spirit into the disciples after God the Father raised Him from the dead (John 20:22).
Jesus still does this for all who trust in Him today. When He breathes His Spirit into us, the seed of God’s own life enters our dead spirits. We are raised to life and born anew.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17 ESV)
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God … (1 Pet. 1:23 ESV; see also 1 Pet. 1:3–5; 2 Pet. 1:4; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 John 3:9).
Excerpted from Jesus Now by Frank Viola author