Only two kinds of people

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:5-6 NKJV).

This world loves to label people. Often people are divided along religious, political and social lines. The Bible has a very different classification. For the first 2000 years, from Adam to Abraham, there was only one category of people – Gentiles. For the next 2000 years, from Abraham to Christ, there were two categories of humans – Gentiles and Jews. For the last 2000 years, that is, in our own time, there have been three categories – Gentiles, Jews and Christians.

Based on Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, we can reduce the number of categories further. In fact, there are only two kinds of people – those who have been born once and those who have been born twice. Those who are born twice will only die once (John 5:24; 8:51; Rev 20:6). Those who are born once will die twice (John 9:41; Rev 21:8).

The Bible says that the new birth is literally a birth from above (Titus 3:5). This birth will change our eternal destiny and label us as Christ’s property (1 Cor 6:19-20). What a privilege to know, without a doubt, that we, by grace, belong to the right category – those who will never see the second death (1 John 5:13).