I hope you recognize that this is a widespread, popular view of religion today. In 19th century, billboards and newspaper advertisements, a hand with the index finger pointing was frequently used to highlight the important words. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. The scribes limited the distance one could journey from one's home on the Sabbath day to a thousand yards. Wesley's answer was, "Because -- you must be born again." Jesus sensed in Nicodemus a deep hunger, an emptiness. 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. 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. 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. That was a gentle rebuke of Nicodemus that he ought to have known better; that when two witnesses say the same thing he ought to receive that testimony. He introduces his words with this little phrase, "truly, truly." Jesus said, "The wind blows where it wills." Everyone was talking about it. John 3:16 KJV). When you get in touch with the life of God, things are going to be different. For the third time Jesus answers with a "truly, truly": Jesus answered him. That is what makes us do the things that are wrong. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. Spirit as opposed to flesh is the differentia of man as distinct from all other creatures. Here was a man who was doing his level best to obey what he thought God wanted, yet he had an empty and unsatisfied heart that led him to seek out Jesus by night, at the risk of the displeasure of his peers, to talk with him about the kingdom of God. It precedes and enables the heart's decision to trust Christ. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. Then what do you get from a new birth, a spiritual birth? Such is the nature of one, born of the Spirit. In fact, to demonstrate how seriously they took it, they had compiled a very thick book, which the Jews still have today, called the Mishnah, made up of sections devoted to applying the Ten Commandments to life. When a man and woman have a child, what have they done? This morning you told me how to find him." “Born of water and Spirit” is the best translation, which conveys two distinct births. 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. From a variation of genos; to procreate; figuratively, to regenerate. Others' Notes . God intended for His Son to become the repository, the resting place, the instrument and representation, of God’s Holy Spirit in this earth. (John 3:10-12 RSV), It is Jesus' turn to be astonished now. That was essential to women, therefore it was permitted. "By water and by the Spirit," is Jesus' reply. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. It is very important to understand who the Pharisees were. That had already occurred. And spirit gives birth to spirit." I am sure there are some here this morning who have never been born again. RayStedman.org/permissions. That the person is "seeing" the Kingdom of God, has "entered" into it, and is producing the fruits of the Spirit are evidence that he is already born of the Spirit. Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular. With an obviously puzzled look on his face he said to Jesus, "How can this be? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Nicodemus needed to know that; everyone needs to know that. When the wind blows, you hear the rustle of the leaves, but you do not see the wind—whence it comes or whither it goes—and so it is with everyone born of the spirit. Observe what Jesus is saying in this startling word to Nicodemus. I do not think anything has been more destructive in the whole realm of theology than that idea. (John 3:4 RSV). But Nicodemus misunderstood. We read that he comes to Jesus by night. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born the Son of God. Being "Born of the Spirit" is also referred to as the "new birth." If you do not come this way you cannot enter. Born of God. Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Many have been disturbed by the word "water" here. The commandments are given in rather general terms. You feel the wind, but you don't know where it is coming from or where it is going. How can a man be born when he is old? Topic For The Day: Born Of The Spirit: John 3:1-8. So he wrote, "John Smith, BA and MA." 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. Jesus also knew that book. “My Beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:10. That is true of us all. That new change occurs by the power of God himself. Do not ever take truth on the basis of a single witness. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.'' The scribes said that if one spat on the ground on the Sabbath it would be making mortar, therefore spitting was forbidden. As you know, the Ten Commandments speak about worshipping the true God and not having idols in your heart, honoring your father and mother, refraining from lying, adultery, and various other sins. No, repentance is necessary, an awareness that despite your best efforts you are not fulfilling God's law. What the baptism stands for is what is important. The scribes took their work very seriously. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. Flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred. Born of The Spirit. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him. After all, what is a birth but an impartation, or transferral, of life? It is who we are that is wrong, not so much what we do or do not do. ", "...that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." They do not know what it means. You get a body, a living body. Many will rebel against love while others submit to the call. "We speak of what we know and bear witness of what we have seen, and you do not believe our testimony." As Jesus continues, he indicates there is a clear and radical difference between the old and the new birth. It signifies God must do this. not one. A woman could tie a knot in her girdle or in a scarf that she tied around her neck. quia Deus spiritus est, et de Deo natus est. 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. Taken in that sense, how absurd it must have seemed to him! 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." 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. unless they are born again unless they are born of water and the Spirit Immediately it becomes clear that “born of water and the Spirit” (3:5) is parallel to “born again” (3:5). Jesus then gives the outcome of all this in history: "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man." The weather forecasters tell us each day where the jet stream is, but they cannot say where it is going to be tomorrow. 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…. That serpent would itself do nothing whatsoever for the people -- it was merely a symbol -- but they were told if they would look at it (and thus make a personal application of its meaning to their own lives), they would find themselves healed from the serpents bite. Thus one could journey a thousand yards outside the city, but no further. "How can this be?" But not only did this Pharisee and ruler of the Jews come to Jesus, he asked certain questions of him. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' Once again Nicodemus is puzzled. If you are trying, with an unchanged, fallen nature, to please God, you can reduce it to the most ridiculous applications and tedious spelling out of what this means, but you still will not be able to do it. This is a rather amazing statement. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. That is what Jesus is telling Nicodemus. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, "You must be born from above.' In the Talmud 156 pages are devoted to the Sabbath as it applied to life! 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. Water does not change anybody that way. The key word there is "teacher." In their interpretation of the commandment forbidding work on the Sabbath the scribes decreed that any form of labor which a man engaged in to make his living was forbidden. This is a frequent reaction of many in the Gospel of John. 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. Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew [born again] he cannot see the kingdom of God." 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. It is adopted not without the knowledge that a consensus of authorities may be pleaded against it. It is God that does it, not man; and it results in a new creation, a new beginning. These then are the words which Jesus highlighted: "Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." This makes it clear that the ability to comprehend the Kingdom of God is included at the same time of conception . And he speaks of being "born to a living hope," (1 Peter 1:3). 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. This is the real problem. In Chapter 3 of John's gospel we see this phrase used for the first time in connection with a famous night visit to Jesus. That concept of teaching indicates that the basic philosophy of this man (as it was with all the rulers of the Jews) was that all humanity needed in order to do right and to please God was good teaching -- an instructed mind and a committed will. There are three things I want us to see in these 8 verses. Nicodemus had no miracles to his record; nor could any of the other members of the Sanhedrin work miracles. 10"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? ", 3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. In the Mishnah, the section on obeying the rule of not working on the Sabbath occupies twenty-four chapters. These men spent their lives studying the Ten Commandments and applying them to situations of life so that the Pharisees could carry out these commands and thus obey God. You cannot do it. Birth metaphors are used because we all understand physical birth. By these ingenious applications the Pharisees conducted their punctilious attempts to observe the Law and thus please God. I heard a man say last week that his marriage, which had been threatened but was now recovered, had been "born again." It is a revelation of a fundamental reality about life; a basic, elementary fact that we need desperately to understand if we are going to live realistically in this world. 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." He has spoken to a man who is the teacher of Israel, a man who has given his life to studying the Old Testament. Paul speaks not only of being new creatures in Christ but of a new creation; of passing from death unto life, of a new, radical start. 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. Anyone can be born again if he will acknowledge his need of Jesus and receive him. Born Again of The Spirit. 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 clear from the context that Jesus is talking about baptism. A young man came up to me after the first service and said, "I have been wanting God all my life. They tied a rope at the end of the street they lived on and that made the whole street their home, therefore they could journey a thousand yards beyond that. This is the way to receive him. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' He was a member of the Sanhedrin, the council of seventy men who ran the religious affairs of the nation and who had religious authority over any Jew anywhere in the world. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.". Born of The Spirit Home. One had to take a good aim at the target! John 3:5‭-‬6. Do not, like the many in John's gospel, miss the real meaning because of the symbol! So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8) Water and spirit. He took the word anothen in its first sense, of "a second time." If one had those and really worked at it, one could please God. You desperately need a Savior. Who were born… Many people think like that yet today. Nicodemus should have known that. For its details it may be that no authority can be pleaded, but the rendering of ?????? We have dropped that name. The Spirit blows where he wills and, therefore, everyone born of the Spirit has been acted upon by the free Spirit and has been born anew, as John 1:13 says, "not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." You have been wanting to do right, you are longing for God. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. What is Born of the Spirit is Spirit provides reflections on Scripture texts associated with (Holy) Spirit and (human) spirit. Various aspects of Spirit and spirit are explored in one-hundred-five entries. 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). It is speaking of something radical, a new beginning. The reason they do not do what is right is because there is something wrong about who they are. We cannot even figure out what makes it move. From dust, we came & dust we shall return. Here our Lord is laying the foundation for that most unpalatable doctrine of Scripture that teaches we all belong to a lost race. Spirit and Ghost in Greek are pneuma (pnyoo’-mah); Wind, Spirit, Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. But when Jesus answers the question, "How can a man be born when he is old?" 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)? The meaning of John's baptism was the central theological question of the day in which our Lord speaks. The Pharisees took this very seriously. It is a second birth, but it comes from above. What is Born of the Spirit is Spirit provides reflections on Scripture texts associated with (Holy) Spirit and (human) spirit. Peter says, "as newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow," (1 Peter 2:2). (John 3:5-8 RSV). When God's life becomes your life, you can expect many changes. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Knots that could be tied with one hand were permitted, but not one that required two hands. 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! We find terms such as born again (John 3:3), born of God (John 1:13), and born of the Spirit (John 3:6). It goes where it wants; nobody has been able to control it. You Jesus didn't intention wasn't for us to survive or to you know to Oh you know I'm I'm just gonna leave. But this is absolutely wrong; you would never get it right. They all mean the same thing. He was not doing what he knew. The Pharisees had sent a delegation to John to ask him why he was baptizing. Various aspects of Spirit and spirit are explored in one-hundred-five entries. All Versions. Some people think Jesus is referring to baptism (water) and spiritual transformation (spirit) as two necessary parts to salvation. Everyone today is familiar with the term "born again." Verse 5. What he is really asking is for Jesus to explain what he means. Message transcript and recording © 1983 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. That leads us to the greatest verse in Scripture: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Besides that they have another book, the Talmud, which is made up of commentaries on the Mishnah. It may make you a little cleaner, you might even smell better, but it does not make you any different in God's eyes. He noticed that a number of guests had entered their degrees after their names. I am, exist. 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. 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). If all this happened in line with the New Testament view of that term it would be very encouraging. You are like a new baby at first, but watch: you cannot be the same person; you cannot go on the way you were. 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. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. We can see how serious the Pharisees were about keeping the Law. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. He was one of the most religious men of his day. 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." Have you ever said, or heard someone say, "Oh, if I could just do it over again! Jesus makes clear that this is the only way to enter the kingdom of God. Note: Sound in Greek is phone (fo-nay’); sound, language. There is a verse that says, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established," (Matthew 18:16 KJV). But you should not marvel that I said you must be born from above. More flesh! Asked what the letters stood for, he said, "John Smith, Born Again, and Marvelously Altered!". 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of 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. Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, "You has he quickened [made alive] who were dead in trespasses and sins," (Ephesians 2:1 KJV). Coming soon Only God’s Spirit gives new life. That is the incarnation. 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. There is a birth which supervenes on the flesh-be-gotten man, and it is supernaturally wrought by the Spirit of God. So people began to look for loopholes in order to get around these laws. That which hath been born of the flesh, is flesh. Jesus is forever using symbols when he talks to individuals and they take him literally. When I see these words, "truly, truly," I always see it in that light: a finger pointing at the important words that follow. 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. I will be made sin (that is what a serpent always stands for, sin), lifted up to die. BORN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT. 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. You will not be able to predict the purposes of God in an individual life; God will direct that life. SAWYER. Many are born to this earthly plane. 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." Here is a confirmation that Nicodemus' problem is not what he does, but what he is. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. This memorable utterance has been the occasion of much controversy, arising from the contested sanction thus supposed to be given to the opus operatura of baptism, and to the identification of water baptism with Spirit baptism. 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. If I knew then what I know now, and could go back and live it all over again, I think I could get it right!" Once again Jesus prefaces his reply with the words 'truly, truly": "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Jesus says, "That is a picture of me. Concubines Persecution, Nature Of Life In A Material World. 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). Someone said to him once, "Why do you preach so often on 'you must be born again'?" (John 3:16 RSV). 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. he asks (John 3:9 RSV). Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit; . Notice how Jesus cuts right across that with a sharp and penetrating sentence that must have gone like a sword thrust right into Nicodemus' heart. John wrote. Being "born of the Spirit" is not a "pregnancy" produced by God's gracious act of imparting His Spirit, but the birth—beginning—of a holy, spiritual mind, the mind of Christ. In order to be specific it was felt necessary to define those terms and to spell out how they applied to certain situations, so there had grown up in Israel a group of people called the scribes, who were members of the Pharisees. There is an analogous law of spiritual generation. All rights reserved. The problem with humanity is not that we do not know enough, it is because of what we are. Let us remind ourselves of those words in the first chapter of John: "To all who received him [to all who did business with Jesus by faith, who asked him to enter their lives and save them, deliver them, lead them out, change their nature], who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God: who were born [born again] not of blood [not something you inherited from your ancestors] nor of the will of the flesh [not by your own desire and determination] nor of the will of man [nobody else can do this for you, no bishop, no priest, no pope, no one], but of God." From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. 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“. Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? 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. So Jesus says to Nicodemus, "How can this be? The new life will grow, and the young person will come to resemble his or her parents. In Jesus’ explanation of “born again”, He says that we must be born of water and born of the Spirit. Then Jesus added, “Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. John Wesley's favorite text, which he preached all through England, Wales and Scotland, was this, "You must be 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. 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. In a most remarkable way they have transferred their lives to that child; they have imparted life. 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). He said to him, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Regeneration denotes a new birth. That is rank superstition. References Matthew 3:7 John 7:50,51 Titus 3:5 Luke 24:49 For more on the Holy Spirit read; John 14:16-28 Jesus is saying, "Do not marvel at that; that is to be expected." Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' There is no way to do that. It is the Greek word, anothen, which has three meanings: It means again to do it a second time; it also means to begin radically, completely, a new beginning; and it also means from above, and it is used in that sense in other places in Scripture. No man knows where he comes from or where he will be sent. John's baptism was the sensation of the nation at this time. He illustrates this with another symbol: the wind. Every action of God through our new birth, moves us upward. This new birth has two elements; it includes being born of water and of the Spirit. The subtitle, A Biblical Spirituality of Spirit, indicates the ways biblical authors are inspired to present imaginatively what cannot be pictured: Spirit and spirit. Mark 16:17 That is the problem. 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. Therefore, to one who has been born of the Spirit, there is an ever present call to come higher. 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. We had for a while here at Peninsula Bible Church a Scribe School. That which hath been born of the Spirit, is spirit. Being Born of the Spirit Is the New Birth Being “born of the Spirit” is also referred to as the “new birth.” The new birth is the work of the Holy Spirit, who places the believer in a right relationship with the God of the Bible. He says, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." The way this would work out in historical manifestation is the appearing of God himself as a man on earth. There is no way you can even see the kingdom of God without this. This is the greatest act of any life. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out. That can be entirely subjective, colored by a person's experience. ", 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Again Peter says we are "born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible," (1 Peter 1:23 KJV). How can you, a teacher of Israel, not know about these things?". That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ", 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Verse Concepts. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Ezekiel 11:19,20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: …, Ezekiel 36:26,27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh…, Romans 8:5,9 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit…. 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