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John 3.2-6, 8 – Children of God
Posted: 28 June 2010 in John, Scripture

“Jesus answered [Nicodemus] and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 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.”

Natural birth brings forth people who are tainted with original sin, and who, for thar reason, already stand condemned before God’s throne. Children of God are those who are born by him, and who are thereby enabled to hear and respond to the words of Jesus. Spiritual rebirth is not a one off event, which has some people rolling about on the floor. It is an ongoing ontological status, whereby the spiritually reborn are empowered to discern and obey God’s will. Without this very great grace, we cannot be saved.

“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.”

Nevertheless, being born of God is not merely a matter of receiving a privilege, great though that privilege may be. It brings with it an obligation to serve God, and to serve him unconditionally – going wherever his Spirit my blow and take us.

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