9. How many births are required for a person to get into heaven?
Every person needs the second birth.
The first birth is your PHYSICAL birth (John 3:1-7 )
This is a water birth (John 3:5 ). It is not baptism. We start in water. Every human is born out of a water sack in the womb. Your first birth comes from your physical parents. Their “flesh” produced your flesh (John 3:6 ).
The second birth is your SPIRITUAL birth (John 3:5,6 )
This birth can only come from God. John 4:24 says that “God is a spirit.” He is not flesh like we humans are. According to John 3:6, His Spirit will produce spirit in the life of a sinner if they would just fully believe on His Son, Jesus Christ!
The second birth involves trusting God’s words to be true (1Peter 1:23 ). You can fully and completely trust the death of Jesus Christ to be your payment for your sin, because God said in His word you could, and that He would give you as a free gift, eternal salvation - eternal life!
There are only two “births” that a person can experience. The first birth gives only temporary life - it came from temporary parents. It ends in death because of sin. The second birth is only experienced by a person who turns to Christ for salvation from sin. It never ends because it is eternal - it came from an eternal Parent.
The first birth makes you physically a child of your parents. The second birth makes you spiritually and eternally a child of God (John 1:11,12 ).
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12,13