You Must Be Born Again
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3. Jesus answered and said unto him, 4. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? This question that Nicodemus asked Jesus, “how can a man be born when he is old?“ “ Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born” shows that he had no knowledge or concept of what Jesus had just told him that, By his question, he portrays that he has no understanding of spiritual things. He is thinking in natural terms, while Jesus is speaking in spiritual terms. Had he truly been " Born Again, " he would have understood these terms. Most people today are just like Nicodemus thinking in the natural. They think because they are a good moral person, attend church on occasions, belong to some denominational church, hold a position in church, has been baptized in water, being a good Catholic, etc., they think their destination is Heaven! Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25, 12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. 25 There is a way that seemeth right unto man; but the end thereof are the ways of death ( anything other than Faith in what Jesus Christ accomplished for humanity at Calvary's Cross will lead to spiritual death and the eternal loss of the soul). John 14:6 , Jesus told Thomas, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. To go through Jesus to get to the Father you must go through the Cross, and to go through the Cross, there must be a denial of self, that is self will, pride, your own ideas of how it is accomplished, go exactly the way the Word of God tells you instead of man's way. Most of humanity aren't willing to go exactly God's way. After the fall of man ( Adam), God demanded a blood sacrifice from both Cain and Abel. Cain brought to God an offering of the fruit of the ground, in other words an offering of his own labor, which God could not accept. Abel brought to God an offering of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. Able's sacrifice was symbolic or represented what Jesus Christ would accomplish for humanity on the Cross. The firstlings of Abel's flock meant the very best that he had. When God gave His Only Begotten Son to save all of humanity who would exhibit Faith in His Finished Work on The Cross, He gave the very best that He had as a Sacrifice for our sin (John 1:29)
Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-10 , For by Grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. This is God’s way, and it doesn’t just seem right, it is right, because God only accepts the way that He demands.
John 3:5, Jesus answered, salvation in water! The water speaks of the natural birth, , when the water breaks the natural birth is ready to take place. Verse six explains the natural birth, and Spiritual birth. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The Spiritual birth takes place when a sinner confesses with his mouth the Lord Jesus, and believes in his heart that God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead, thou shalt be saved.. 1. This phrase is not speaking of water Baptism! Water Baptism is an outward sign that an inward work has already taken place. There is no