The New Birth Studies in John’s Gospel Chapter 3
I John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Anyone who loves is born again?
I John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. Anyone who believes is born again?
I John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. Anyone who practices righteousness is born again?
What Did Jesus Say? • The Spirit has his part in the new birth
The New Birth Is NOT…. • Taking place with angelic visions • Taking place with Jesus Himself • Speaking of “my” spirit
The Spirit in Verse 3 is the Same Spirit as in…. • Verse 6 – “the” Spirit And • Verse 8 – “the” Spirit
The New Birth Is NOT…. • Taking place with angelic visions • Taking place with Jesus Himself • Speaking of “my” spirit • Speaking of Holy Spirit baptism
For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:5 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13 NAS
The American College Dictionary on “of”… • A prep. Indicating direction from… • A source or origin • Cause, occasion, or reason for • Material or substance • A relation of identity • Belonging or possession • Inclusion in a class or category
There is a Definitive Difference “of” the Spirit not “in” the Spirit “by” the Spirit not “with” the Spirit Cause versus Medium
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The word of God is the Spirit’s sword
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
1 Peter 1:23-25 …for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God….. And this is the word which was preached to you.
The Spirit’s part in the new birth is the powerful word/sword of the Spirit
What Did Jesus Say? • The Spirit has his part in the new birth • Water also has a part in the new birth one is born of water AND Spirit
“Water’s” part in the New Birth rules out… • An experience, a feeling, • Something in the heart, • “proof” that baptism isn’t neccesary • Jesus said… ”one must…” • Holy Spirit baptism
This is also NOT a physical birth Was Jesus saying that one must exist, i.e. be born physically before he could enter the kingdom?? Don’t make the Lord speak nonsense to justify misunderstanding !?!
The Water’s Part in the New Birth is Baptism, a Result of Spirit Led Teaching! It always takes two to make a birth This agrees with Jesus’ wishes in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:16
What Did Jesus Say? • The Spirit has His part in the new birth • Water also has a part in the new birth • Unless… one cannot… To enter the kingdom one MUST be born again
A Basic Apostolic Teaching • John 3:3-5 confirms the necessity • Eph. 5:26-27- washing of water with the word • Titus 3:5- washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit • Hebrews 10:22-hearts sprinkled and bodies washed
The New Birth / New Life is availableand offers much… …for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God….. 1 Peter 1:23 2 Corinthians 5:17 1 Corinthians 15:24