We cannot even figure out what makes it move. For permission to use this content, please review Note: Sound in Greek is phone (fo-nay’); sound, language. You will not be able to predict the purposes of God in an individual life; God will direct that life. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The conclusion that “born of water and Spirit” refers to two different kinds of birth—physical and spiritual, rather than two means of the second birth—is best supported by all the evidence, whether contextual, syntactical, cultural, semantical, or parallel biblical teaching. Jesus said, "The wind blows where it wills." The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on John 3. Asked what the letters stood for, he said, "John Smith, Born Again, and Marvelously Altered!". I do not think anything has been more destructive in the whole realm of theology than that idea. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. Finally, Jesus indicates in a most remarkable way that the new birth will result in a totally new lifestyle; he will never be the same. We have dropped that name. It is clear from the context that Jesus is talking about baptism. When a man and woman have a child, what have they done? Here the two are: first, the Scriptures witness to what Jesus is saying; and second, he himself does: "I say to you, we speak of what we know. The Christian spirit has now been rebirthed, the seed of The Word of God now begins to produce the nature of God by the holiness of The Spirit of God. It is sovereign; no man directs it. And spirit gives birth to spirit." Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" One had to take a good aim at the target! No, repentance is necessary, an awareness that despite your best efforts you are not fulfilling God's law. Peter says, "as newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow," (1 Peter 2:2). To be “born of water” is to be born physically (“enter a 2nd time into his mother’s womb”) but to be born again means to be born of the Spirit. If you do not come this way you cannot enter. Many people think like that yet today. He was not doing what he knew. So God sent His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, in the form of a man to remove the sin which separated mankind’s heart from the heart of God.By entering the world as a man, God was able to take the sins of the entire world upon His own shoulders and pay the penalty of this separation by allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to be separated from Him for a moment of time. They were a select group -- never more than 6,000 of them -- who had each one taken a solemn vow before three witnesses that he would devote every moment of his entire life to obeying the Ten Commandments, as a way of pleasing God. "By water and by the Spirit," is Jesus' reply. We called the young men and women who were studying here, "scribes." Thus one could journey a thousand yards outside the city, but no further. By the spirit, you're born again, you know you receive this fear of God, but it's not just to be saved is to enjoy life. I read in the paper that the Equal Rights Amendment, which is again being pushed hard by the women's movement, has now been "born again." A ruler of the Jews. This is telling us that everyone who is born of the Spirit (Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost) will hear a sound (language). Such is the nature of one, born of the Spirit. This makes it clear that the ability to comprehend the Kingdom of God is included at the same time of conception . Do not ever take truth on the basis of a single witness. ", 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. He knew that Isaiah had spoken about a new life from God; that Jeremiah had predicted a new creation that would be given; that Ezekiel had said that God would take out the old heart of stone and give a new heart of flesh. I will be made sin (that is what a serpent always stands for, sin), lifted up to die. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." It is my belief that being "born of the Spirit" refers to the rebirth of our spirit which occurs by the power of the Holy Spirit when we come into contact with the blood of Jesus, which occurs in the watery grave of baptism, according to the eternal purpose of GOD (Father, Word and Spirit). RayStedman.org/permissions. This is the real problem. A new birth is absolutely essential to enter the kingdom. Perhaps you do. It is amazing that he would come to Jesus at all, because the Pharisees regarded themselves as superior to other men in spiritual status before God due to their total dedication to obeying the law of God. This is the way to be born again. After all, what is a birth but an impartation, or transferral, of life? But people found ingenious ways to get around that. He took the word anothen in its first sense, of "a second time." Paul speaks of being transferred from "the kingdom of darkness, ruled by the god of this world, into the kingdom of the Son of his love," (Colossians 1:13). 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. We call them interns now, largely because when I took some of those young men with me on trips and they were introduced as scribes, everybody immediately assumed that I was a Pharisee! Therefore Nicodemus came with a great deal of respect for Jesus, regarding him as a superior teacher, able to instruct in the meaning of the Law. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. You feel the wind, but you don't know where it is coming from or where it is going. Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit; . Every action of God through our new birth, moves us upward. That can be entirely subjective, colored by a person's experience. These meticulous, narrow, rigid interpretations constituted the whole life of the Pharisees. Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: Genesis 6:5,12 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…. There is a different drumbeat in his life, a different Lord directing his affairs, and that will make him behave differently. We’re sent from heaven above to achieve a mission of love on this earth. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. God intended for His Son to become the repository, the resting place, the instrument and representation, of God’s Holy Spirit in this earth. I heard a man say last week that his marriage, which had been threatened but was now recovered, had been "born again." To be in "the kingdom of God," of course, is to belong to God; it is to be a part of his rule, his reign, his domain. All through the Old Testament there are statements about a new birth, a new beginning, a new creation, a new life that would come as a gift of God to those who would humbly, without pride, receive it as something they desperately needed. The key word there is "teacher." In the first chapter, he said to the Jews, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again," (John 2:19 RSV). The subtitle, A Biblical Spirituality of Spirit, indicates the ways biblical authors are inspired to present imaginatively what cannot be pictured: Spirit and spirit. A young man came up to me after the first service and said, "I have been wanting God all my life. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (6) The sense suggested for the last clause, "In this manner is every one born who is of the Spirit," removes the necessity of finding something with which the work of the Spirit may be compared, and it is in this necessity that the received versions of the first clause really find their root. If ever there was a group, which could be called religious fanatics, it was the Pharisees. John's baptism was the sensation of the nation at this time. The reason they do not do what is right is because there is something wrong about who they are. The problem with humanity is not that we do not know enough, it is because of what we are. Paul speaks of "babes in Christ," (1 Corinthians 3:1). 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