The Nature Of The New Birth
We are going to begin reading in verse one, John chapter three. If you did not bring a Bible with you, look in the pew racks and there you will find a Bible. John chapter three. "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. Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he's 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 the kingdom of Cod. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again." And then skip to verse sixteen. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Now, as I've already said, there has been quite a bit of talk about this matter of the new birth today and so many people are really confused about the matter of a new birth. And Jesus Christ did not talk to us about the matter of a new birth in order to confuse us, but literally to confirm us and to help us to understand. Jesus was the master teacher so he talked to us about things that we could understand and how we could become a part of the kingdom of God. It has been pointed out that there are a number of different kingdoms. The lower kingdom is what we would call the mineral that is, the minerals, the rocks and things that are placed in mother earth. That's the lowest stratum, that's the lowest kingdom. And then above that is a higher kingdom that we would call the vegetable kingdom. These ...
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