ARE YOU BORN AGAIN

Seeing and entering the Kingdom of God, that's what Jesus is teaching Nicodemus and Jesus knows heavenly things because He was born of the Spirit when the spirit descended upon him at the Jordan River. He must increase but I must decrease, He who comes from above is over all, He who is of the earth is from the earth see verse 12 on that. Speaks of the earth, He who comes from heaven is above all what He has seen and heard of that He testifies and no one receives his testimony. Notice this language here, born from above, why are we born from above? Well because the Spirit comes from above, the spirit descended upon Jesus out of heaven, the Spirit is from above. We were born of God, well where is God our Father who art in heaven? Born from above and what it means is when we receive the spirit we receive what can communicate to us the realities of the Kingdom of heaven and what the Kingdom of heaven is like and we receive teachings in the spirit. Paul mention this in1 Cor 2:13. That's what's going on here in John 3, and that's how we're born again. We're born to a new life when this reality becomes true for us, when we receive the Spirit. It was the same for Jesus He who comes from above is over all. He was of the earth is from the earth John the Baptist, and speaks of the earth He who comes from heaven is over all or above all. He has seen and heard of that He testifies and no one receives his testimony Joh 3:32-33. Jesus is responding to what Nicodemus said at the outset, these things are true of Jesus.


Jesus is explaining how God is with him(actually in Him) he's born from above, born of the Spirit of God, notice again, just take a look at this language, “born from above born of the Spirit born from above born of the Spirit” this language can mean in the Greek born again or it can mean born from above. The reason for that is that they had a mindset in Greek that we really don't have in English. The misunderstanding that Nicodemus has is that he'll just interpret it as born again because the notion of being born from above being born of God was foreign to him in his mind. Jesus you know it. Jesus is being contrasted with the Jewish leadership, Jesus is truly born of God and these guys are not seeing this whole contrast between Jesus and the Jews throughout the whole Gospel of John. Jesus was answering Nicodemus and then when He explains this new birth to him, listen very carefully to what He said in verse Joh 3:8.


The wind blows where it wills or wishes and you hear the sound of it,wind and spirit for a Greek and Hebrew mindset is a similar thing, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. What he's saying there and we can get this from other things that John says is that, people who are born of the Spirit the world can't comprehend where that came from

and/or where they're going. They can't understand these spiritual things, they can't get it just like Paul is saying at 1 Cor 2:13. You don't know where it comes from and where it's going, so it is about everyone

who is born in the spirit, this is what is true about people who are born again and that's why at 1 John 3 where John is talking about the children of God, the world does not know us, the world might know you, your first name and your last name you've got from your natural earthly father, but they don't know you as a child of God. The world can't comprehend this, you do not know where it comes from and where it is going so is everyone who was born of the Spirit. Let us take a look at what Jesus says, here, my testimony is true for I know where I came from and where I am going but you do not know where I come from or where I am going Joh 8:14. Jesus is born of the Spirit and it happened when the Spirit descended upon him at the Jordan, so it is of everyone who is born of the Spirit.


Remember what happened when Jesus was baptized at the Jordan, the Spirit descended upon him and it was John the Baptist who was doing the preaching, and what was he preaching. The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. This was the main thing he was preaching and after that Jesus tells us that's the main thing that he's doing proclaiming the Kingdom of God  Luk 17:21, Matt 12:28. John the Baptist came to herald the Kingdom of God, what are they talking about? John 3:3 unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God, the reality of the Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of heaven if you like commenced when Jesus was sent in God's name at the Jordan River to proclaim the Kingdom of God. John the Baptist kind of heralded this, the reality of the Kingdom of God, entered Israel in the midst when Jesus went out in the spirit of God and began to proclaim the Kingdom of God and do signs and wonders. That's why He taught them the Kingdom of God is in your midst in other words the reality of the Kingdom of God, God's Kingdom reign. When He casts out demons, He said if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, the Kingdom of God has come upon you Matt 12:28.  Jesus is saying the Kingdom of God is here and it's here in terms of the things he's doing, it's not here in terms of engulfing the Pharisees and everybody in the world, it's the reality of the Kingdom of God. It is here in the person of Jesus and what He is doing. The signs and wonders that he's doing. God is manifesting His kingly reign through Jesus and these things.


Jesus has explained that to all those around Him. Jesus had answered Nicodemus, no man can see or enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born from above, born of the Spirit. Jesus was born from above by the Spirit of God which descended upon him at the Jordan where John was preaching the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus was born into the reality of the Kingdom of God, which is the reign of God, this is a new reality when the spirit descended upon him at the Jordan. This happens to everyone who is born of the Spirit and this is the reason Jesus says you do not know where I come from or where I am going. John wrote his gospel this way on purpose so you can make these connections, he does this with all kinds of things all over the place for example. When He changes water into wine, my hour has not yet come and then a little later in the gospel He says, now my hour has come. You're supposed to connect those things there's a relationship. John is telling you that there's a relationship between his changing water into wine and when He says my hour has now come. There are many examples of this type of thing in the Gospel of John. Jesus said I came forth, (and in this verse it's the preposition “para” which is where we get our word parallel means alongside or beside Joh 16:28 It's quite often translated as from the Father) and have come into the world. I am leaving the world and going to the Father  “Came forth from God going to God” in some translations it's saying I am going back to the Father, it doesn't say that in Greek. Jesus came from God see 1 Joh 3:1-3 how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God, and such we are, and for this reason the world does not know us, (why does the world not know us? because of what Jesus said at John 3:8) so it is of every one born of the spirit, you don't know where it comes from where it's gone, people of the world aren't gonna get it because it did not know him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears we will be like Him because we will see him just as He is And everyone who has this hope fixed on him purifies himself, just as He is pure 1Joh 3:2.


The world does not know us, please make sure you understand that 1 Joh 4:4-6 You are from God little children and have overcome them, because greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world...

we are from God, he who knows God listens to us, he who is not from God does not listen to us By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error. Remember how Jesus taught about the Spirit of Truth at John 14 15 and 16, about the Paraclete the comforter. We are from God, the  preposition used here in Greek is “ek” and that's where we get our English word “exit” it means out of, “ek”is used of Jesus it means He originated with God. God is Jesus Christ's origin, that's the preposition used here. “Ek” literally it means you are out of God, and we are out of God, why is that little children? because we're a born of God or begotten of God. God our Father begot us by His Spirit to new life, we originate with/from God he's our true Father. True believers are from God out of God the world does not know where they came from the children of God or where they are going. But they the children of God know where they came from, from God. The Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are children of God the world does not understand that. They think they do because they read it and they have some kind of intellectual comprehension of what John is talking about but you won't truly understand it unless it's truly occurring to you. True believers are born of God, begotten of God, same thing. God the Father by His Spirit birth His children, they originate with God because God begot them to a new life. Just like you originate from your parents your natural earthly parents when you were born or begotten of them as a earthly human baby, But we have died to that life to be born anew into a new life where God is our true Father.


Remember what happened in John 5 when Jesus referred to God as His own Father, they wanted to kill him. Keep that in mind, that's why John says in this letter don't be surprised if the world hates you. The children of God are spiritual children born of the Spirit who walked by the spirit and whose home is not this world they have died to. This world is not their home but their home is the Kingdom of heaven and their true Father is God. The world will hate them because they are the children of God, and the world will hate them just as they hated Jesus who was born of God born of the Spirit of God, same thing. He's the firstborn of many brothers, many children of God who were born of God. If you want to understand the Gospel of John, it really begins with understanding these things that I told you about in this article.  You have to have some comprehension of this and what Jesus is really talking about at John chapter 3. It will helps if you do a little bit of background study about what Jews meant about a new birth. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand this very important event.

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