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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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race - a Jew. If they did not oppose Him, they feared being shorn
of their power and perhaps put to death as subversives threat–
ening the overthrow of the Roman government. And the Phari–
sees thought Jesus proclaimed the
immediate
takeover of that rule!
Not ofThis Age
Therefore Jesus did not waste words. He struck straight through to
the crux point - the Kingdom of God is
not
of
this
world - this
time, this age - but of the WORLD TOMORROW - a different and a
following AGE. Not composed of humans, but of immortals - the
Goo FAMILY!
So Jesus said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see
the kingdom ofGod" (John 3:3).
Notice carefully that being "born again" has a vital con–
nection with the Kingdom of God- with THE FACT that it is not of
this time - this age.
But Jesus' abrupt opening statement left Nicodemus con–
fused. The religious leaders and the hundreds of denominations
and sects professing Christianity today are confused and deceived!
Today's religionists puta 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 lead–
ers 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 con–
ceive of a second
physica/
birth. But he
knew
what being
born
meant!
Bom 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
physica/
birth.
His mind could not
grasp
spiritual things.