John 3:3 -Jesus replied, "I tell you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God." (Or born from above; also in 3:7.)
Col. 1:15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
Col. 1:18Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. (He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.)* This verse states that oneâ€™s new birth occurs after deathâ€”and involves returning from the dead. Once again, accept what the Bible says, without adding to or subtracting from it.
Romans 8:29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters.
Rev. 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the commander of all the rulers of the world. All praise to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
Rev 1:6 He has made us his Kingdom and his priests who serve before God his Father. Give to him everlasting glory! He rules forever and ever! Amen!
Rev 1:7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him-even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the earth will weep because of him. Yes! Amen!
Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega-the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come, the Almighty One."
*** These verses make absolutely plain that one is born from the dead at the resurrection. Only then willâ€”or canâ€”anyone â€œsee the kingdom of God.
If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie. For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness. James 3:13-18