#9 Born of Water and the Spirit
Posted: Friday, June 16th, 2017Print
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Entering the Kingdom is the true Solution to every problem we have. And since Jesus IS the Kingdom, whenever He is present, the Kingdom is at hand!
Nicodemus could not grasp the concept of being “born again.”
John 3:5-7 NASB
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”
Nicodemus represented the religious leaders of the day. They did not know God like the Old Testament prophets, who wrote about the coming of the Spirit. Jesus rebuked Nicodemus for his ignorance, both of God and of the scriptures.
To be ‘born of water’ spoke of the baptism of John, the baptism of those who repented. John refused those who came just because it was popular but without repentance.
Repentance is the way to the new birth of the Holy Spirit. To be born of water and the Spirit is to be born “from above” INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! This is how you begin in the Kingdom…through repentance that prepares you for the coming of the Spirit within to give you a new nature.
When you are born again, you are born INTO the Kingdom of God!