|"â€¦Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith
unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?" (John 3:3-4)
In the above verses of scripture, we see Jesus and Nicodemus face to face, Jesus the Son
of God, and Nicodemus the son of natural man. Nicodemus was a very religious man, but
he was not a child of God. What shock it must have been to learn that his religion was not
enough! It never is. He came to Jesus, addressing Him as "a teacher come from God."
Jesus knew Nicodemus, as He knows all men and Jesus knew that he needed more than a
teacher. He needed a Savior. He needed more than religion. He needed regeneration.
He needed more than the law. He needed life. Jesus began by going right to the point
when He said, "Ye must be born again." Nicodemus asked, "How can a man be born
when he is old? Then Jesus pointed out the dissimilarity in the births. He said, "That
which is born of flesh is flesh: and that which is born of Spirit is spirit."
If we take a brief look at the flesh birth, we would discover that it produces an old sinful
nature. It produces a corruptible nature. It produces an old nature under the sentence of
death. It produces an old nature that makes every unsaved person a child of the devil.
The new birth is different. It produces a sinless nature. It produces a righteous nature.
It produces a divine nature.
Every born-again person has two natures: the old from the old birth, and the new from the
new birth. By the old birth, we are children of the flesh: by the new birth we are children
of God. This is why "YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN."
Pastor Thelma Gilbert
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and
knoweth God" (I John 4:7).
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