by Robert Brock
Monday, June 10
Ye Must Be Born Again
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” John 3:3.
Jesus was talking to a teacher of the Law, who was the master of a school like Paul’s teacher, Gamaliel. As a Pharisee, he believed three things would get him a front-row seat into the kingdom of Heaven: circumcision, being a descendant of Abraham and possession of the Law. Jesus statement in John 3:3 was confusing to such an astute leader. Jesus then illustrated entrance into the kingdom of God with childbirth. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?…he that came down from heaven…even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:6, 12-15).
Jesus taught Nicodemus that the Son of God was born the Son of Man, born once onto the earth in order that Nicodemus could be born twice, born of earthly humans and then born of a heavenly parent into Heaven.
Those who accept Jesus as Savior are born twice. They only die once, then, the resurrection. Those who refuse Jesus’ offer of salvation are born once, but they die twice. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,” (Revelation 20:6). The lost are resurrected after Jesus’ thousand-year reign, judged and forever cast into the lake of fire which is the second death.
THOUGHT “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Like Nicodemus, religion will not get us into the kingdom. Jesus is the Door.