There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:1-3
Who is Nicodemus? He is a religious leader of Israel, a Pharisee, notice he comes to see Jesus at night, why? Because he knows Jesus is the Christ, however he’s afraid of the cost of following Jesus. He’s afraid to lose his position , he’s afraid to lose his income, he’s afraid to possibly lose family members and friends. He’s afraid to carry his cross and follow Christ
Jesus gives him a major revelation, unless you are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of God. What? How can this be? Nicodemus is a Pharisee, he dedicated his life to following God, he studied the scriptures since he was a kid, however all that is filthy rags unless you become Born Again through Christ
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? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:4-6
Nicodemus with all his theological training and experience, cant comprehend what Jesus is teaching him. He’s looking at this from the natural perspective, but becoming Born Again is a supernatural process!
Unless you are born of water and Spirit, you can’t enter the Kingdom of God. There are two baptisms here, the baptism of water (repentance and faith in Christ) and the second the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When the ruach breathes on your dead dry bones and brings you back to the Father
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.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.Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things John 3:7-10
Jesus is saying to Nicodemus, you should be suprised that you must be Rebon of The Spirit, “How can you be a teacher of Israel, and not know these things?” There are many today who still dont understand, you must become Born Again to be saved
We are dead in our sin, we must be brought back to life and reconciled back to our Father. Nobody can do this by their own works, its only by Christ alone can you be saved, Amen!