Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. The problem with humanity is not that we do not know enough, it is because of what we are. 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. It is quite obvious that it does not make any difference how hard you try; if you do not have God's life you cannot live in a way that pleases him. That which hath been born of the flesh, is flesh. Again Peter says we are "born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible," (1 Peter 1:23 KJV). The Promise Of A Baby Persecution Satanic Hatred. What is Born of the Spirit is Spirit: A Biblical Spirituality of Spirit eBook: Boyer, Mark G.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. If a football team has a bad season and the next year comes to life again and does much better, the sports writers say it has been born again. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. This is the greatest act of any life. John wrote. Born of God. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' If a sailor tied knots in the course of his labors through the week that was fine, but he could not tie a knot on the Sabbath. Born of The Spirit, You Must Be Born Again. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. What do you get from your first, fleshly, birth? A ruler of the Jews. John 3:5‭-‬6. 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. No man knows where he comes from or where he will be sent. Regeneration denotes a new birth. The Pharisees had sent a delegation to John to ask him why he was baptizing. 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. If a man needed to draw a bucket of water out of a deep well, he was not permitted to tie a rope onto the bucket because that would be violating the Sabbath; but if he tied the rope to a woman's girdle and then tied the girdle to the bucket, he could draw up water! When the people of Israel were being bitten by hundreds of poisonous snakes which suddenly appeared in the camp in the wilderness, and were dying by the scores, Moses was told to take a pole and put on it a brass serpent. These reasons are, it is thought, not an insufficient basis for the interpretation here adopted. You desperately need a Savior. (John 3:16 RSV). That is the way the life of someone who is born again will be. The "new birth" is the rebirth of the believers spirit, the corrupted spirit of man now becomes uncorruptable, being born from the seed of The Word of God. Asked what the letters stood for, he said, "John Smith, Born Again, and Marvelously Altered!". But if one spat on a rock there was no dirt involved, so one could spit on a rock on the Sabbath day but not on the ground. "We speak of what we know and bear witness of what we have seen, and you do not believe our testimony." 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. Then Jesus added, “Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. There is a birth which supervenes on the flesh-be-gotten man, and it is supernaturally wrought by the Spirit of God. 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. Various aspects of Spirit and spirit are explored in one-hundred-five entries. ", 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" 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. There are probably people here this morning who believe that what God expects of them is to do their best to obey the Ten Commandments, to live life as best they can, to try hard to do what the Law says, and if they do that they will please God and be accepted by him. So Jesus says to Nicodemus, "How can this be? Some people think Jesus is referring to baptism (water) and spiritual transformation (spirit) as two necessary parts to salvation. But not only did this Pharisee and ruler of the Jews come to Jesus, he asked certain questions of him. I have come to understand that that term is a sign our Lord gives that what he is about to say is extremely important and should not be missed. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him. Besides that they have another book, the Talmud, which is made up of commentaries on the Mishnah. A person is “born of water” as part of the NATURAL PROCESS following biological conception, but the Messiah added the words, “and of the Spirit“. Television weather reports filmed by satellite from 22,000 miles up in the sky show where the jet stream is, but no one knows how it got there. There is no way to do that. You are like a new baby at first, but watch: you cannot be the same person; you cannot go on the way you were. Unborn babies float in a sack of amniotic fluid for nine months. That can be entirely subjective, colored by a person's experience. When he says to Nicodemus, "You must be born again," Nicodemus immediately thinks of gynecology: "How am I going to get back into my mother's womb and start life all over when I am already old and grey? Nicodemus is probably speaking for the rest of the Sanhedrin -- or at least for a majority of the members -- and he is admitting that the Pharisees, who were rabid opposers to the freedom and liberty that Jesus represented, knew in their hearts that he really was a man from God, a teacher. not one. We’re sent from heaven above to achieve a mission of love on this earth. In Jesus’ explanation of “born again”, He says that we must be born of water and born of the Spirit. This is the way to receive him. More flesh! The weather forecasters tell us each day where the jet stream is, but they cannot say where it is going to be tomorrow. It may make you a little cleaner, you might even smell better, but it does not make you any different in God's eyes. Jesus rebukes him further: "If I told you of earthly things (I have talked about wind, and birth, and water) and you do not understand what I mean, how can I reveal to you deep and marvelous truths, the heavenly things (the things which are under the invisible control of God)? Every action of God through our new birth, moves us upward. Water does not change anybody that way. Observe what Jesus is saying in this startling word to Nicodemus. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus also knew that book. In the Mishnah, the section on obeying the rule of not working on the Sabbath occupies twenty-four chapters. This is where eternal life begins. After all, what is a birth but an impartation, or transferral, of life? John tells us that he began his word with a courteous introduction, "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." Anyone can be born again if he will acknowledge his need of Jesus and receive him. Who were born… It is sovereign; no man directs it. This is a new life in him, and the spiritual life, like the physical, is dependent upon birth. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. When a man, or a woman, boy or girl, admits he or she needs help and comes to Jesus, then the Spirit does something. But there are a couple different schools of thought on what Jesus meant when He said, “born of water.” One perspective is that “born of water” refers to physical birth. Jesus is here giving the two witnesses which he always relies on to confirm that he speaks truth. For its details it may be that no authority can be pleaded, but the rendering of ?????? 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…. I heard a man say last week that his marriage, which had been threatened but was now recovered, had been "born again." The scribes said that if one spat on the ground on the Sabbath it would be making mortar, therefore spitting was forbidden. Verse Concepts. Sensing this our Lord immediately puts him on the right track, saying to him, in effect, "You are wasting your time if you think you can enter the kingdom of God the way you are. Then the second historic manifestation: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up..." (John 3:14 RSV), That is a reference to the cross. Someone said to him once, "Why do you preach so often on 'you must be born again'?" They do not want to admit that there is something basically wrong with them; they still cling to the idea that there is some good thing about them that God ought to accept, and if they do more good than bad he ought to let them into glory. All Versions. Nicodemus needed to know that; everyone needs to know that. But to be born of the spirit is to be born of heaven. He was not doing what he knew. When you get in touch with the life of God, things are going to be different. Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. But as then he that was born of the flesh persecuted him that was born of the Spirit, so also now. All rights reserved. The reason they do not do what is right is because there is something wrong about who they are. He introduces his words with this little phrase, "truly, truly." Notice the word we: "we know that you are a teacher." (John 3:10-12 RSV), It is Jesus' turn to be astonished now. The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT “The Spirit breaths where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it goes. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' When a man and woman have a child, what have they done? "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? RayStedman.org/permissions. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, & that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. There is a verse that says, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established," (Matthew 18:16 KJV). If ever there was a group, which could be called religious fanatics, it was the Pharisees. In the Talmud 156 pages are devoted to the Sabbath as it applied to life! Some have thought it to be a reference to the bag of waters that breaks just before a baby is born; that it therefore refers to the physical life -- you must be born physically in order to be born spiritually. here by "spirit" is not without the support of width of learning and depth of power, critical acumen and spiritual insight, for it rests on the names of Origen and Augustine, of Albrecht Bengel and Frederick Maurice. - Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man (any one) have been born (out) of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Message transcript and recording © 1983 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. The new life will grow, and the young person will come to resemble his or her parents. That is what baptism acknowledges. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. I am, exist. That is true of us all. Note: Sound in Greek is phone (fo-nay’); sound, language. But when Jesus answers the question, "How can a man be born when he is old?" It was our Lord's understanding that the Scriptures (as he put it on another occasion) "are they which testify of me," (John 5:39 KJV). We read that he comes to Jesus by night. Isn't it remarkable that this is still true today? 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. It is the image of God in him, the seat of the capacity for the communion with God, which is the true principle of life. The Law said that mortar could not be made on the Sabbath for that would be work. Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? From dust, we came & dust we shall return. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born! 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