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Dr. June Normil
While we often inclined to have overwhelmingly negative views of the Pharisees, we quickly note from this story that Nicodemus appears to have been a genuine seeker of truth (John 3:1-2). Later, Nicodemus publicy supported Jesus before the other Jewish leaders (John 7:45-52). And after Jesus' crucifixion, Nicodemus helped Joseph of Arimathaea care for the body of Jesus, doing so at considerable personal expense, and perhaps even risk (John 19:38-42). Nicodemus recognized that Jesus was a great teacher and had most certainly come from God. He was interested in who Jesus is as well as His miracles. Jesus' initial response to Nicodemus forms one of the most familiar declarations in Christianity: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven" (John 3:3). These significant words help us understand what happens when we become followers of Christ. We experience profound transformation, salvation from sin, and the promise of eternal life. In answering Nicodemus, Jesus emphasized the necessity of being born of water and the Spirit (verses 5-6). Many believe this refer to the activity of the Holy Spirit, as verse 5 could be translated "born of water, even the Spirit." Taking a clue from verse 6, "that which is born of the Spirit is spirit," others believe that "water" refers to natural birth, while "spirit" refers to being born again. These are important words to us, just as they were to Nicodemus. Christianity involves more than just learning about Jesus. We must be born of the Spirit.
CONFRONTED BY JESUS ( JOHN 3:7-13)
THE WAY OF SALVATION EXPLAINED ( JOHN 3:14-21)
In response to John 3, we must be sure that we have been born again. Jesus said spiritual rebirth is necessary to see and enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3,5). There is nothing more important than being born again. So the question you must answer is, "Have you been born aain?" No question you could ever answer will be more important than this. If you have been born again, are you sharing the message of salvation with as many people as you possibly can? This includes praying for them and telling them what it means to be born again. It also means living in such a way that others can see that you are a follower of Christ. It is critical that you spread the good news to as many people as you can. And pray that they too will be born again and have eternal life.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov. 2016 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil