September 21, 2016-John 3:1-8

Points v.1-2

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus and he tells Jesus what he “thinks” he knows about Jesus.

First you are a teacher from God, because no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.  Also interesting there has been only one identifiable sign in John’s gospel.  Why does John come in the middle of the night?  Does what we know about Jesus cause us to have more questions?  Should it?

Points v.3-8

Jesus tells him no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.  What does this mean?  What is being born again?  Or Nicodemus’ question, “How can someone be born when they are old?  They can’t be born of the womb a second time.  Seeing things with earthly eyes, we cannot understand many of these things.

No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of the water and the Spirit.  Still this resembles a natural birth in some ways.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, and the spirit to the spirit.  In other words, we cannot achieve or get to the spiritual by remaining in the flesh.  We shouldn’t be surprised.  Just because we cannot always see God or God’s direct movement, does not mean that we do not see the result of God’s Spirit at work in the world today.  Where do we look for the movement of the Spirit of God?  It is by faith not by sight.

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