Daily Read - Judges 17:1-18:31; John 3:1-21; Psalm 104:1-23; Proverbs 14:20-21
You Must Be Born Again
Have you ever wondered where the term, born again Christian originated? It came from the following passage of scripture in
John 3:3, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
This is a tremendous portion of scripture in the Bible describing the transformation of coming into the Kingdom of God. Jesus directed this explanation to a leader/ruler of the Jews who was one of the most powerful men in Israel during that time. He was an educated man, extremely intellectual, and very wealthy. However, Jesus did not approach Nicodemus on an intellectual level, but delivered the message of salvation with simplicity speaking directly to his spirit man. Jesus had nothing to prove, He knew who He was and didn't have to debate with Nicodemus to prove He was the Son of God. He reached into the heart of this man with love and understanding.
Did Nicodemus come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Scripture doesn't directly say; however, the fruit he demonstrated would lead one to draw that conclusion. In John 7:45-53, he spoke in defense of Christ when other Pharisees accused Him. Nicodemus also helped Joseph of Arimathaea prepare the body of Jesus for burial. On both occasions, he put his reputation as a Pharisee on the line.
The lesson to learn from all this is Jesus presented the gospel in a beautiful and loving way to a man of great stature and wealth. He never allowed fear or intimidation to stop Him from the mission. He spoke spiritual things to his spirit.
As you read the following verses, ask Holy Spirit to reveal who in your life needs to hear the good news of Christ’s love.
This may be the day you get to share John 3:16 with them!
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
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."
Jesus answered and said to him,
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter 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 marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it,
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what
We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven,
that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
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.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned;
but he who does not believe is condemned already,
because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light,
lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen,
that they have been done in God."