Skip to comments.Born From Above...John 3 pt 5
Posted on 02/24/2012 12:23:12 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.( John 3:6-8)
The Apostle John likes to use words in his gospel that have two meanings, both of which apply to the text. For example in John 11 When Lazarus died, Jesus told th disciples that Lazarus sleeps. Of course Lazarus had died, but in Jesus, though believers may die physically, death to us is sleep. Which is it? death or sleep? In Christ death is sleep.
In the same manner, the text in John 3 speaks of the wind Blowing, but the word for wind is the same word as the word for Spirit. The Spirit blows where it wants to ,The wind blows where it listeth..
The same goes for the phrase born again, (grk Gennatha Anothen). The phrase means born again and born from above. Both apply to the teaching of Jesus, we are called to start all over again, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to live by a heavenly gift of life , called eternal Life.
The new birth is something imparted to us as a gift from God. It is a work of the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. It can not be imparted to anyone by man.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.(John 1:12-13)
In all of the years I have been a pastor at Believers in Grace Fellowship, since 1982), we have never created one christian! Not once in all of our time of existence , have we ever caused anyone to be born again.
The new birth is an act of God! It is an impartation of the life of God to a sinner who has received Jesus Christ and his gospel, the seed of God. The Holy Spirit alone brings the sinner to that point, convicting and enlightening and imparting eternal life, that is a share in the life of Jesus.
Jesus said that, It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.(John 6:63)
That is why the apostle Peter reminds us that we have been; born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.(I Peter 1:23)
When Jesus compared the Flesh and the Spirit,(That which is flesh is flesh, and that which is Spirit is Spirit), he wasnt talking about the difference between sinful and Holy. Rather he uses the expression flesh to denote that which is frail, finite and earthly, versus that which is of a heavenly origin.
Paul elaborates on the difference between That which is of flesh vs That which is of the Spirit by contrasting those born of Adam(Flesh), and those born anew, of Christ (Spirit). Every human being has descended from and has received by birth the (fallen and corrupt) nature of our father Adam.
This is the first birth, and it is one that renders us unfit, inadequate to inherit the Kingdom of heaven. No matter how vile, sinful, or lofty and noble;, a son of Adam is a son of Adam. He is already fallen, sinful, estranged from God, with a corruptible nature, and liable to a deserved damnation. He may be religious but if unregenerate, he is dead to the only true God. No amount of goodness can undo that, for in Gods sight, there is none good, no not one .
But when He receives a second birth, when He is born from above by receiving the gift of God, through the incorruptible seed of the gospel, that person becomes a partaker of the nature of God. He comes alive to God ,now able to commune with his Maker.He is said to be begotten of God.
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.(I John 5:1)
He passes out of the Adams family, and has escaped the judgment. On the cross Jesus bore his judgment, and made Himself responsible for his sins.
As Paul says
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.(I Corinthians 15:21-22)
If we were born into Adams family, how do we exit? We must die, its the only way out of a family!
We believe that we died, when we acknowledged our sinfulness, and gave up on our own self-righteousness, to call upon the crucified and risen Lord Jesus! Our Baptism was our funeral, and as we were raised up out of the water, Christ has raised us from the dead unto anew heavenly life! We are born again unto a living hope by the resurrection from the dead!
I dont like bumper sticker theology normally, but I saw one that really did say it well one time,
If you are only born once, you will die twice, but if you are born twice, you will only die once!
More to come
Is it not also written those who believe not are condemned already.
This was an interesting comment to me; and in fact I thought it probably wrong at first. Wind and Spirt are the same in Hebrew (ruach) but I thought it rather odd that they would also be the same in Greek. I just spoke with a friend who is familiar with ancient Greek and has a copy of John in Greek and he told that the words used there for Wind and Spirit are nearly identical (πνεύμα) except that one or the other has an accent mark on the alpha.
So, I'm wondering what you know about this. In particular I'm interested in how Greek and Hebrew seem to have unrelated sounding words that are each homonyms for the same things.
Yes. It says in John 3:18--"He that believeth on him is not condemned but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.".
Read further: "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrong in God." (John 3:19-21)
God does so much for the one He loves, that even while we were Dead in our Trespasses and Sins, He took us from the Dead and made us Alive. Truly all the Glory belongs to Him alone and not to us at all.
And 3:18-19 are my favorite verses in one of my favorite Books.The world does not understand—nor can it.
Dear Stony, sorry, I have been out all day since I posted. Yes it does say that they are condemned alreadt, and it goes on in vs 18-21 to tell the basis for condemnation. This is a series so I plan on a more detailed explanation.
I am definitely no greek expert, but the Hebrw Ruach is Wind,breath/Spirit, and in the greek it is variations of Pneuma which mean Wind,Breath, or Spirit.
John 3:8 was the verse that set me off on my journey from Arminianism to Calvinism.
“The new birth is an act of God!” Amen!
As it says in Jonah, “Salvation is of the Lord.”
>>When Jesus compared the Flesh and the Spirit,(That which is flesh is flesh, and that which is Spirit is Spirit), he wasnt talking about the difference between sinful and Holy. Rather he uses the expression flesh to denote that which is frail, finite and earthly, versus that which is of a heavenly origin.
When Jesus says that the flesh profiteth nothing he was not talking about physical flesh and bones, but of “the flesh”, which is what we inherit from the first Adam and is what St. Paul is referring. If you say that it is physical flesh, then you are saying that Jesus flesh profiteth nothing. I do not think you would agree to that.