Sunday, April 24, 2005

John 3:5

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."

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Amen :)

moira said...

Carol,

What does this passage mean to you?

Carol said...

Thanks Moira for asking.
In John 3:1-8,Jesus is talking to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. Jesus told Nicodemus an interesting paradox that a person has to be born again to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus took Jesus literally and thus didn't understand him. Jesus often spoke figuratively.
I believe that verse 8 is referring
to baptism (water) which is a rebirth into a new life. See Romans 6:4.
Baptism is not merely a washing with water but a spiritual rebirth when done in response to God's direction (which is found in His Word which is inspired by the Holy Spirit).

zeb said...

Romans 6: 3-5
3.Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death
4.Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5.For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

moira said...

I'm sorry, I think I wasn't clear. I am familiar with the passage and the concept. I was wondering what your thoughts and feelings on it were.

Carol said...

I am glad that you are familiar with the concept.
That's what the passage means to me.