Verse 3 “Jesus answers, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
Verse 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’
Verse 5 “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
Verse 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
Let’s take a closer look at these verses. In verse 3, Jesus lets Nicodemus know that there is only one way to get to heaven, only one way to be with the Father, only one way to avoid damnation. It doesn’t come by good works, riches, knowledge, keeping and doing religious acts, or even keeping the law of God. We must be Being born again.
In verse 4, Nicodemus, who is a learned leader who keeps the law and performs all the religious acts as set out in the books of the Law (First five books of the Bible) doesn’t understand. Why wouldn’t he get into the kingdom of God? He’s an upright citizen who gives money to the jewish “church,” and various charities, and besides that he’s highly educated in all the Jewish customs.
Nicodemus demonstrates outward or fleshly thinking. He believes his good works is all he needs and since his thinking is of the outward appearance instead of the inward spirit, he does’t understand the term “born again.”
You know what I like about Nicodemus in this passage? He’s seeking. He realizes he may not have all the answers, even though he is a leader of the religious people of his time. We are not called to be religious (outward acts of Godliness). We are called into relationship (inward relationship with the Holy Spirit that results in change).
In verses 5 and 6, Jesus informs Nicodemus that it is his spirit, not his flesh, that must undergo a change in order to enter the kingdom of God.
We now know we must be reborn of the spirit, but how? Lets look over in the book of Mathew.
Mathew 3: 1 “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
John the Baptist was a powerful preacher of his day, and he had one mission and one message which was to prepare the way for the Messiah and preach repentance. After John the Baptist died, Jesus continued and confirmed his message:
Mathew 4:19 “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
One step toward being born again is repentance.
Next, lets take a look at a couple of other scriptures.
Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe.
Another step to being born again is belief and faith.
16.”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
If you do not believe, you stand condemned already. That is why Jesus came. He doesn’t want you to stand condemned any more. Not now and not on Judgement Day when we will all stand before the Lord and have to give an account of our lives. His love is mighty and powerful and his gift of eternal life is free. Simply believe in Him. It only takes the smallest of faith.
You don’t have to fully understand everything now, you only must believe what He says is true.
He is the Father’s only Son who was born of a virgin.(1) He was sent by the Father to die for our sins. (Oh what love!). He died a brutal death upon a cross and carried our already condemned judgement upon himself so that we would be set free from sin and death.(2) He bodily arose from the dead three days after he was placed in a tomb and appeared to more that 500 people before his ascension to heaven.(3) He then gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and righteousness.(4)
I encourage you to take action now.
Pray: Talk to the Jesus. Repent: (simply means to change your mind about something). Believe
Your prayer might go something like this:
“Jesus, I repent (change my mind) about not believing that what you have for me is best. I change my mind Lord about not believing in your word (the Bible). I know now Lord that Your way is right, true and that you love me so much that you died for me. I stand condemned in all my sin before you, yet you still love me and want to know me and be with me forever. Thank you Lord for your great love. I accept all that you say as truth. I believe in You Lord. Change my spirit Lord, that I may be born of a new spirit that seeks after You. Change my heart and mind Lord that I may be renewed and stand before you covered in Your righteousness.”
If you just prayed this prayer, WOW, you’re a new creation!!! The angels in heaven are rejoicing. Your citizenship is now in heaven. Your name is in the book of Life.
Next Steps are very important. 1. Start reading your Bible daily. I suggest you start reading 1 John, then go to the gospels – Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. There are free apps (I like Bible Gateway), or you can purchase a Bible at a bookstore. If you don’t have a smart phone to get the free Bible app and if you can’t afford your own bible, contact me via e-mail and I’ll get you a Bible. 2. Talk to Jesus. Find a private place and talk to Him out loud. There’s power in our words. You also might like to journal. I really hear from the Lord this way. You’ve started a relationship, He wants to hear from you and speak to you. He’ll speak to you through His word, sometimes others, sometimes circumstance, sometimes that still small voice of the Holy Spirit now inside of you. 3. Get plugged in to a local Bible believing church.
If you’ve accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I’d like to hear from you! Leave me a comment and check back at my blog. Hopefully I’ll have some content that will help you along the way.
Footnotes: Corresponding Scripture (1) Matthew 1:23-24 (2) 1Peter 2:24-25 (3) 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 (4) Acts 2:38-39