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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
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vital connection with the Kingdom of God - with THE
FACT that it is not of this time - this age. And -
I
repeat - Jesus' Gospel - His Message -
was
the
Kingdom of God.
But Jesus' abrupt opening statement left Nicodemus
confused. The religious leaders, and the hundreds of
denominations and sects professing Christianity today are
confused and deceived! Today's religionists put a different
twist on it than did Nicodemus, however.
Nicodemus
did
understand clearly what is meant by
being
born.
He knew it meant being delivered from his
mother's womb.
It
meant being delivered into the WORLD!
Today's religious leaders read into it a different meaning!
What Nicodemus could not understand was
how
-
in
what manner - anyone could be born AGAIN! And of
course, being carnal-minded, he could only conceive of a
second
physical
birth. But he
knew
what being
born
meant!
Born Human a Second Time?
Puzzled, he asked, "How can a man be born when
he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's
womb, and be born?" He was not confused about what
is meant by being BORN. What Nicodemus could not
understand was a
second
birth. He thought Jesus was
talking about a second
human
birth.
He was unable to conceive of any but a second
physical
birth- his mind could not
grasp
spiritual things.
Now Jesus had made clear that the Kingdom of God
is something that can be seen - but not until or UNLESS
one is "born again." Not during this physical
lifetime!
Also, verse 5, the Kingdom of God is something a man
may
enter into
-
but not until after he is born AGAIN
- another and entirely different birth.
Then Jesus came quickly to the point - that the
Kingdom of God is not of this present human LIFE in
this present WORLD - it is not of this TIME - this present
life-TIME - or age - it is the succeeding age - and the
life to come.
Here is the crux point that explains it all: Jesus said: