1/21/15 To Be A Child Of God

One evening, after hearing of and then witnessing some of Jesus’ miracles, a Pharisee (one of the rulers of the Jews) comes to see Jesus.  His name is Nicodemus.  “I know that You are from God, because no one could do what You do unless sent by God,” he begins.  Jesus knows where Nicodemus is going with this flattery and cuts to the chase.  He says, “No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  Nicodemus is confused.  “Born again?  How can someone re-enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time?”  “You must be born of water and the Holy Spirit.  This is the only way to enter Heaven.  It is a mystery of God, this birth of the Spirit, but it must be for everyone who wishes to enter Heaven.  When you were born the first time, it was from your earthly mother, in the flesh.  But to enter God’s kingdom, you must be born of the Spirit also,” Jesus replies.  Nicodemus is astonished at what he is hearing.  He steps back to consider this for a moment, saying, almost unconsciously, “How can this be?”  Jesus reprimands him, “I thought you were a ruler of Israel!  How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know something as basic as this?  You people don’t believe what I say when I tell you about things on the earth!  You’re not going to believe anything I say about Heaven, because nobody’s ever been there and come back to tell about it except the Messiah, the Son of Man.”

John 2:23-3:13

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