John 3 revisited--Our Three Spiritual Births

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Hi All,

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John 3: 3 KJV)…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water (soul) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Comment: Emphasis in parenthesis is mine. “Born of the water” is not speaking here of water baptism but of being born of the soul of Christ. Soul can be body, spirit of the body, or both.

John 3: 13 (KJV) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Comment: Before Christ’s death and resurrection no one’s soul could be resurrected into heaven.

Of the Spirit

Thanks for your post, I'm always grateful for activity here.

My take on the passage: my soul can only find development and fulfillment by way of the Spirit. Material components of earthly life are of benefit (e.g, food, physical exercise, rest, etc.), but only the Spirit can minister to the soul. Even more, the work of the Spirit is like nothing else! When the Spirit begins to act the soul is transformed. Obstacles are gone. Temptations cease. The flight upwards is quite amazing.

Knowledge of what the Spirit can accomplish is necessary, but it's trust and faith in the Spirit's ability that can make us soar.