John 3:3 - You Must Be Born Again To Enter The Kingdom Of God.

John 3:3 (NLT) Jesus replied, I tell you 
the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot 
see the Kingdom of God.  


   We need not wonder that there are some 
mysteries in our holy faith, for there are mysteries 
everywhere. In nature, and in our own bodies, there are 
ten thousand things we do not understand. We 
observe that the wind blows; we know it blows, for 
we feel it, but where it comes from or where it 
goes to we do not know. It is not remarkable, 
therefore, that there should be mysteries in the 
kingdom of God. 
   Yet Christ, by using the metaphor of the 
wind, shows us that though the mystery is a matter 
of fact, it can be turned to practical account, 
for though we do not understand the wind, we can 
make use of it. The wind, though not understood, 
has been employed in a thousand ways in the 
service of man. Similarly, it is altogether beyond 
my powers to explain the mystery of the new 
birth, how the Spirit of God transforms a sinner 
into a new creature in Christ Jesus. But keep in 
mind that it was the King of kings who said, "You 
must be born again." This is a truth that cannot 
be put aside, whether we feel we understand it 
or not. 
   But what is it to be born again? While I 
cannot explain its mystery, I can explain its 
results. I know that the Holy Spirit usually operates 
through the Word, through the proclamation of the 
truth of the gospel. So far as we know, He works 
upon the mind according to the laws of the mind 
by first illuminating the understanding. He 
then influences the will and changes the 
affection, but over and above all that we can describe 
there is a marvelous power that He exerts, which 
must remain among the inscrutable mysteries of 
this finite state. By this power, such a wondrous 
effect is produced that a man becomes a new man as 
much as if he had been born again in an 
altogether higher sphere. A new nature is created 
within him, a nature that hates what the old nature 
loved and loves what the old nature hated, a 
nature akin to the nature of God. That is a 
wonderful phrase in Peter's second epistle: "that 
through them you may participate in the divine 
nature" (2 Peter 1:4). In his first epistle, he 
writes that "you have been born again, not of 
perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the 
living and enduring word of God" (1 Peter 1:23). 
The new birth is the creation within us of that 
new, divine, immortal life that is a true miracle 
of the Spirit of God. Charles Spurgeon [Day by 
Day Through the Gospel of John by Lance 

   While a man is in a mere natural state, 
before he is born of God, he has, in a spiritual 
sense, eyes and sees not; he has ears, but hears 
not. His spiritual senses are all locked up: he 
is in the same condition as if he did not have 
them. Hence he has no communion with God. He has 
no true knowledge of the things of God, either 
of spiritual or eternal things; therefore, 
though he is a living man, he is spiritually dead. 
But as soon as he is born of God, there is a 
total change in all these particulars. The "eyes 
of your understanding" are opened (Ephesians 
1:18 NKJV). His ears being opened, he is now 
capable of hearing the inward voice of God, saying, 
"Be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven" 
(Matthew 9:2 NKJV). He is conscious of "the peace of 
God, which surpasses all understanding" 
(Philippians 4:7 NKJV). He many times feels such a joy in 
God as is "inexpressible and full of glory" (1 
Peter 1:8 NKJV). He knows "the love of God has 
been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit" 
(Romans 5:5 NKJV), and all his spiritual senses are 
then exercised to discern spiritual good and 
evil. He is alive to God through Jesus Christ. 
Grace is descending into his heart, and prayer and 
praise are ascending to heaven. And by this 
communion between God and man, this fellowship with 
the Father and the Son, the life of God in the 
soul is sustained; and the child of God grows up, 
till he comes "to the measure of the stature of 
the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13 NKJV). 
   The nature of the new birth is that great 
change that God works in the soul when He brings it 
into life; when He raises it from the death of 
sin to the life of righteousness. It is the 
change wrought in the whole soul by the almighty 
Spirit of God when it is created anew in Christ 
Jesus, when it is "renewed in knowledge according 
to the image of Him who created him" 
(Colossians 3:10 NKJV), when the love of the world is 
changed into the love of God; pride into humility; 
passion into meekness; hatred, envy, malice, into a 
sincere, tender, unselfish love for all mankind. In a 
word, it is that change whereby the earthly, 
sensual, devilish mind is turned into the "mind. . . 
which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5 
NKJV). "So is everyone who is born of the Spirit" 
(John 3:8 NKJV). John Wesley [Day by Day Through 
the Gospel of John by Lance Wubbels] 


Hearing Gods Music
   Let's imagine that you want to learn to 
dance. Being the rational, cerebral person you are, 
you go to a bookstore and buy a book on dancing. 
You take the book home and get to work. 
   Finally, you think youve got it, and 
you invite your wife to come in and watch. You 
hold the book open and follow the instructions 
step by step. You even read the words aloud so 
shell know that youve done your homework. 
Lean with your right shoulder, and so you 
lean. Now step with your right foot, and so 
you step. Turn slowly to the left, and so 
you do. 
   You continue to read, then dance, read, 
then dance, until the dance is completed. You 
plop exhausted on the couch, look at your wife, 
and proclaim, I executed it perfectly. 
   You executed it, all right, she 
sighs. You killed it. 
   You forgot the most important part. 
Where is the music? 
   You never thought about music. You 
remembered the book. You learned the rules. You laid 
out the pattern. But you forgot the music. 
   Do it again, she says, putting in a 
CD. This time dont worry about the steps; 
just follow the music. 
   She extends her hand and the music 
begins. The next thing you know, you are dancing - 
and you dont even have the book. 
   We Christians are prone to follow the 
book while ignoring the music. We master the 
doctrine, outline the chapters, memorize the 
dispensations, debate the rules, and stiffly step down the 
dance floor of life with no music in our hearts. 
We measure each step, calibrate each turn, and 
flop into bed each night exhausted from another 
day of dancing by the book. 
   Dancing with no music is tough stuff.
   Let God have you, and let God love you 
- and dont be surprised if your heart 
begins to hear music youve never heard and your 
feet learn to dance as never before. [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


John 3:3: You Must Be Born Again To Enter 
The Kingdom Of God: 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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