Born of the Spirit
John 3:1-6 “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no-one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
When our hearts yearned for more meaning and peace we sought out the Savior and Creator of the world. We came to our sense and realized we needed to be saved. We invited Him into our hearts and our spirits were renewed and born again, (born from above). Nicodemus was on this same journey and search. He wanted to know God more and when he happened upon Christ he sought Him out late at night. How many of us have sought out the savior late at night in our travails and trials?
In those periods of trials, whether it is our first encounter with the Spirit of Christ, or numerous times in each instance Jesus draws us closer to Him. The Born-Again experience is a one-time happening where we become redeemed and made righteous by the Blood of Christ. But each time we seek Him out He renews our mind over and over.
In each deep encounter as we seek him His Holy Spirit opens us up to the deeper things of God and His mysteries.
1st Corinthians 2:12-16; We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The Spirit searches and moves on His own, we need to be submitted to God Holy Spirit. A person must be born of the Spirit to come into the kingdom of God. God sent Jesus to die for you and me and others, and now he has empowered you and I with His Spirit to do this work for His kingdom building. Now go out today and “go make disciples”…as He has commanded us to do in His name. Amen.