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. He illustrates this with another symbol: the wind. When a man, or a woman, boy or girl, admits he or she needs help and comes to Jesus, then the Spirit does something. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. Jesus sensed in Nicodemus a deep hunger, an emptiness. Jesus is saying, "Do not marvel at that; that is to be expected." The Pharisees took this very seriously. Thus, Jesus was referring to a transfer of citizenship, a radical departure from what we once were. In the natural man this is crushed and dormant; in the spiritual man it has been quickened by the influence of the Holy Ghost. There is no way to do that. Many are born to this earthly plane. Born of The Spirit. We can see how serious the Pharisees were about keeping the Law. 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. 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. For permission to use this content, please review 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. 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. We’re sent from heaven above to achieve a mission of love on this earth. This is the way to be born again. Truly, truly (this is a fundamental fact) I am bearing witness as an eyewitness. Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew [born again] he cannot see the kingdom of God." How can I do that?" Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular. Every action of God through our new birth, moves us upward. That is what makes us do the things that are wrong. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. For its details it may be that no authority can be pleaded, but the rendering of ?????? The new birth is not a result of our decision or our act of will. He was one of the most educated men of his day. That new change occurs by the power of God himself. Check out Born of the Spirit by Vindication on Amazon Music. 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. That is true of us all. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. He was not doing what he knew. Thus one could journey a thousand yards outside the city, but no further. 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." “My Beloved spoke, and said to me, Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:10. The commandments are given in rather general terms. (John 3:13 RSV). "By water and by the Spirit," is Jesus' reply. 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. Born of The Spirit Home. The meaning of John's baptism was the central theological question of the day in which our Lord speaks. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. Birth metaphors are used because we all understand physical birth. This is a rather amazing statement. 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)? So people began to look for loopholes in order to get around these laws. A woman could tie a knot in her girdle or in a scarf that she tied around her neck. The scribes limited the distance one could journey from one's home on the Sabbath day to a thousand yards. What do you get from your first, fleshly, birth? When a baby is born, a new person emerges into the world. Observe what Jesus is saying in this startling word to Nicodemus. What is Born of the Spirit is Spirit provides reflections on Scripture texts associated with (Holy) Spirit and (human) spirit. 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. You have been wanting to do right, you are longing for God. The subtitle, A Biblical Spirituality of Spirit, indicates the ways biblical authors are inspired to present imaginatively what cannot be pictured: Spirit and spirit. Peter says, "as newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow," (1 Peter 2:2). Search Results by Versions. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, & that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:4 RSV). Water does not change anybody that way. 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. But not only did this Pharisee and ruler of the Jews come to Jesus, he asked certain questions of him. All rights reserved. He introduces his words with this little phrase, "truly, truly." Who were born… 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. Jesus also knew that book. What he is really asking is for Jesus to explain what he means. (John 3:15 RSV). The problem with humanity is not that we do not know enough, it is because of what we 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. Asked what the letters stood for, he said, "John Smith, Born Again, and Marvelously Altered!". You get a body, a living body. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. 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. But require two witnesses. We had for a while here at Peninsula Bible Church a Scribe School. How can a man be born when he is old? 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). But to be born of the spirit is to be born of heaven. He took the word anothen in its first sense, of "a second time." The subtitle, A Biblical Spirituality of Spirit, indicates the ways biblical authors are inspired to present imaginatively what cannot be pictured: Spirit and spirit. That is the problem. 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." Then what do you get from a new birth, a spiritual birth? That council was almost entirely made up of Pharisees. I do not think anything has been more destructive in the whole realm of theology than that idea. 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…. 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. not one. 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. Note: Sound in Greek is phone (fo-nay’); sound, language. This is the greatest act of any life. 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. Paul speaks of "babes in Christ," (1 Corinthians 3:1). 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." Others' Notes . This discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus in today’s Gospel has some of the most notable quotes of Scripture. And he speaks of being "born to a living hope," (1 Peter 1:3). Nicodemus needed to know that; everyone needs to know that. All Versions. No man knows where he comes from or where he will be sent. So he wrote, "John Smith, BA and MA." he asks (John 3:9 RSV). That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ", 3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. When you get in touch with the life of God, things are going to be different. Nicodemus regarded Jesus as a successful teacher, because God put his seal of approval on him by doing miracles through him. "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Have you ever said, or heard someone say, "Oh, if I could just do it over again! what is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.. John 3:5-6. 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. It is under a sovereign direction and is not subject to man. These then are the words which Jesus highlighted: "Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Just as there are 2 parents for physical birth, so there are 2 “parents” for spiritual birth: the Spirit of God (John 3:5) and the Word of God (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23-25). Jesus says, "That is a picture of me. This idea appears many times in the New Testament. It is clear from the context that Jesus is talking about baptism. 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. Knot-tying was regarded as work -- with, of course, certain exceptions. 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. But people found ingenious ways to get around that. 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. “Born of water and Spirit” is the best translation, which conveys two distinct births. In the Mishnah, the section on obeying the rule of not working on the Sabbath occupies twenty-four chapters. 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." If you do not come this way you cannot enter. 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. When a man and woman have a child, what have they done? Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. You feel the wind, but you don't know where it is coming from or where it is going. Most people know what is right but they do not do what is right. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Gospels: John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh (Jhn Jo Jn). 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. 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." Knots that could be tied with one hand were permitted, but not one that required two hands. God intended for His Son to become the repository, the resting place, the instrument and representation, of God’s Holy Spirit in this earth. 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. The one who came down from heaven, Jesus, witnessed to the truth of God. "We speak of what we know and bear witness of what we have seen, and you do not believe our testimony." But you should not marvel that I said you must be born from above. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. 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. That is what baptism acknowledges. 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. For the third time Jesus answers with a "truly, truly": Jesus answered him. (John 3:1-3 RSV). Mark 16:17 That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. and be born?" - 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. 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. Born Again of The Spirit. What Jesus means, then, is what baptism signifies. Do not ever take truth on the basis of a single witness. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 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. Then Jesus added, “Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. And spirit gives birth to spirit." 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). This new birth has two elements; it includes being born of water and of the Spirit. If one had those and really worked at it, one could please God. Unless you have that new life you cannot see the kingdom of God. 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“. Besides that they have another book, the Talmud, which is made up of commentaries on the Mishnah. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8) Water and spirit. "How can this be?" ", 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, "You has he quickened [made alive] who were dead in trespasses and sins," (Ephesians 2:1 KJV). These meticulous, narrow, rigid interpretations constituted the whole life of the Pharisees. Unborn babies float in a sack of amniotic fluid for nine months. 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Being "Born of the Spirit" is also referred to as the "new birth." The new life will grow, and the young person will come to resemble his or her parents. Jesus is forever using symbols when he talks to individuals and they take him literally. Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. RayStedman.org/permissions. 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! The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on John 3. John 3:5‭-‬6. Many people think like that yet today. Various aspects of Spirit and spirit are explored in one-hundred-five entries. 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. Being “born of the Spirit” is easily interpreted—salvation involves a new life that only the Holy Spirit can produce (cf. 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. It is who we are that is wrong, not so much what we do or do not do. That is the incarnation. But obviously that is not the way they use the term; rather they are referring to a kind of renewal. Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? The, the definite article. 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. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, "You must be born from above.' I am sure there are some here this morning who have never been born again. You cannot do it. 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!" From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. There are three things I want us to see in these 8 verses. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. This morning you told me how to find him." There is a different drumbeat in his life, a different Lord directing his affairs, and that will make him behave differently. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born the Son 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. I heard once of a Christian in England who was asked to sign a church guest register. 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. While he and Nicodemus were talking they could probably hear the wind blowing through the streets of Jerusalem. We cannot even figure out what makes it move. Here our Lord is laying the foundation for that most unpalatable doctrine of Scripture that teaches we all belong to a lost race. 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. 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. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-5 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Many people superstitiously think that if they baptize their babies that will assure the children entrance into the kingdom of heaven; or if they themselves were to be baptized as adults that would guarantee them admittance into heaven. You are like a new baby at first, but watch: you cannot be the same person; you cannot go on the way you were. So Jesus says to Nicodemus, "How can this be? I have been preaching and teaching the Scriptures for almost fifty years, and I want to tell you that the one thing that keeps most people from being born again is that they do not want to admit their need. quia Deus spiritus est, et de Deo natus est. 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. It may take awhile; there is growth involved. Such is the nature of one, born of the Spirit. 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