Christlife Conferance in Port Elizabeth Christuslewe Saamkuiergroep                                                                                Wesrand Christlife Fellowship
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ARE YOU BORN AGAIN


People who are not born of the Spirit, born of God and do not have the Spirit dwelling in them and who are not being led by the Spirit of God are going to have a great difficulty understanding what I'm writing about. Jesus said in John 3:3 unless you're born from above you cannot see the Kingdom of God, you cannot understand heavenly things. Which implies the idea of comprehending and understanding the Kingdom of God. I'm going to try to explain a little more about what Jesus was talking about at John 3:13 and John's 6:62. We must obey the leading of the Spirit, and don't say, it can't be right, and in fact the Spirits actually leading you but you're hearing things in your head that were taught to you by earthly man. You're being led by the Spirit but you don't follow, because you don't think that can be right. And so you don't listen to God when you should. Listening rather to men is the reason why Jesus teaches us to beware of false prophets, the Apostles were teaching the same thing. I want to expand a little bit on it to help anyone who wants to know.


John 2:23-25, 3:1- 21 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover during the feast many believed in His name, having seen the signs which He was doing, but Jesus did not trust himself to them for He knew all men and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man for He knew what was in man. You do too, this isn't some secret omniscient thing as Christians, we all know what's in man. 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 having come from God since no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, truly, truly I say to you unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God John 2:23.3:1-5. John 3:3 now here Nicodemus talks about being from God, does Nicodemus think those words mean, coming down from heaven to Planet Earth from God, no he doesn't, and you can see similar language to that at John 3:9,16 to 33 and Acts 10:38.  Acts 10:38 by the way is Luke's way of connecting you with Luke 4:18 where Jesus says the Spirit of the Lord has anointed me and He has sent me.


When Jesus was up at the Passover the Pharisees saw the signs, and one of them named Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he didn't want to be seen publicly, that's the point, but he wanted to investigate Jesus about these signs and I think it's reasonable to suppose that the Pharisees had been talking and they came to the conclusion this guy must be from God and God must be with him because of the signs he's doing. So they send Nicodemus out to talk to Jesus, we also read that John the Baptist was from God, there was a man sent from God whose name was John. The preposition used there is “para” in English alphabet which means alongside in parallel. Jesus uses that same preposition about himself in the Gospel of John when he's talking about, I came forth from God and we'll talk about that a little later in this article and what that really means. Because of these signs Nicodemus and the Jewish leadership remember this, and this happen early in the ministry of Jesus They're supposing Jesus might be a prophet of God, it's really what they're talking about here and so Nicodemus comes to look into it a little more.  


God is with Jesus in their minds, now notice what it says here, you have to read these things carefully and the popular view of John 3, you get the unmistakable impression that Nicodemus comes along and he says, “Rabbi” we know that you are a teacher having come from God since no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. He says that to Jesus and you get the unmistakable impression from commentators and people who talk about this verse, that the way Jesus responds is something like this, “yeah yeah Nicodemus don't worry about that, you Nicodemus must be born again and I'm gonna teach you about that, don't worry about this other stuff that you just mentioned” and that's how they kind of treat this. But that's not what it says, it says, Jesus answered and said to him, that's language telling us that Jesus is responding to what Nicodemus just said, “truly truly I say to you unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Notice what Nicodemus says, you are a teacher having come from God no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him, and then Jesus “says unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God” Study John 7 to 15   about to John 18. The Jews were marveling at Jesus teaching and Jesus says my teaching isn't mine it's His who sent me, and right there Jesus is telling them the reason you're marveling at my teaching, is because it's God's, it's not mine, and this is, kind of related to the way Jesus answers Nicodemus here.


Truly truly I say to you unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God, born of God born of the Spirit. Let's us investigate a little more to see clearly what Jesus means, now if we read through the whole chapter look at what Jesus says, there's a whole bunch of stuff in this chapter, we're just gonna look at one thing here, one or two things a little later. We read John the Baptist saying, a man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. What did I just tell you about Jesus teaching when the Jews were marveling at His teaching, my teaching is not mine it's His who sent me.


What was Nicodemus and Jesus talking about? We know you were a teacher from God since no one can do these signs you do unless God is with him. It was given to Jesus from heaven this is what Jesus is talking about when He uses that language, born of the Spirit, You yourselves are my witnesses that I said I am NOT the Christ, John the Baptist, but I have been sent ahead of him, He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made full he must increase but I must decrease Joh 3:28-30. That's because John is kind of a transition guy,  the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist, the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist, that is what we talking about here.

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