2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Cor 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
How can this be? I know I am not so good, I have darkness in my heart, I have lived a life not pleasing to God and I am filled with shame. How can I receive forgiveness of all these things. What is this new creature? What kind of new creature is this?The answers are found in Jesus. You must be born again.
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
John 3:2 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.
He came by night, fearing what others might say. We cannot receive from Jesus if the world's opionion is more important to you, then that of Jesus. Jesus is a divider, He is the Son of God come in a human, to separate a people unto God. He came to reconcile us, to bring us back into fellowship with our God in heaven, Our Father in heaven. He came to divide those who would receive new eternal life in him, from those who mock him and wish him dead. We must choose to come to Jesus.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Nicodemus called Jesus, Rabbi, teacher, who came from God, because no man could do al the miracles, except God be with him. What were these miracles?
Luke 6:18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
He cleaned up the hearts, souls and bodies of all who came to him.
John 3:3 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.
Now Jesus is talking about God's kingdom, the kingdom of heaven. We cannot come to God in our flesh bodies, for God is Spirit; we need a spiritual body. We must be born again inside of us and receive a Spiritual presence of God within us. We must be born again of the Spirit of God. We are flesh, dirty, unworthy of God, but he wants to make us clean by coming within us and making us a new creation with a new heart that sees the things of God.
John 3:4 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?
Nicodemus was thinking of a new body of flesh; how can this be?
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.
A new born baby comes forth from the womb, first the water sack that surrounds the baby in the mother's womb breaks and water comes. This is the sign of a natural birth. The spiritaul birth has spiritual water coming forth, the living water of God.
John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
God brings new life to a man or a woman through faith in Jesus Christ, the Spiritual Son of God, come in a flesh body.
A spiritual man or woman may enter the spiritual kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
We see flesh people with our eyes. Spirit is not seen, but it's presence and power is made known to those who can see spiritual things; this requires faith.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8 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.
The Greek word for wind: pneuma, is the same word used for spirit. We do not see the wind, but we see the power of it, in a tree or in the sail of a sailing ship. The Spirit of God came to us gives us new life and new power to serve God. Power to overcome our old life and to become all new, after the mind and way of Jesus Christ.
John 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
John 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
You are a teacher of the law and the prophets and they speak of the Spirit of God, and you do not understand?
The prophet's Joel and Isaiah spoke of the spirit of the LORD
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
We speak of what we know, which reveals our knowledge or lack of understanding. We testify that we have seen, if we can see in the spirit, we can testify of spiritual things.
Ezek 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
Rebellion chooses not to see the things of God, it requires faith to hear from God.
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
The first thing that catches my eye in this statement is how can a man be in two places at once?
Speaking to Nicodemus in Jerusalem and in heaven? Impossible with man, but true with God. God is not limited ; He is everywhere at once. He is spirit and creator of all. He is known to us in three personalities: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. No man has asended to heaven before Jesus came down from heaven.
1 Cor 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1 Cor 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1 Cor 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
The rebellious people of Israel, being led out of Egypt were bitten by serpents. Moses fashioned a brass serpent, a fiery serpent and held it up on a pole. All who looked upon the serpent were healed.
Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Jesus would be lifted up on a cross. His shed blood was our healing. He was perfect and without sin and was sent to be our substitute sacrifice. He was the atonement, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. We receive forgiveness by looking to Jesus and believing that he did this for us. We receive His grace through our faith in Him.
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 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.
This is the gospel, the good news of our salvation. If you are a "whosoever that believes in Jesus", you shall not perish in your sins, but have everlasting life. He is our Savior from our sins and He gives us eternal life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Jesus became a human, so that he could show us the character of God and become our sacrifice for sins; the way to God is through faith in Jesus. Without him, our sins remain and we remain separated from God the Father.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Sin condemns us to eternal separation from God; even to hell. Believing in Jesus and confessing him as ord and savior removes us from the condemnation of the LORD, because of sins. If we could save ourselves and be good enough to go to heaven, then Jesus would not have been sent to us.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Evil people can be forgiven if they repent and turn to Jesus. Many would rather continue in darkness. Our part is to tell them of the new life through Christ Jesus. You must be born again of the Spirit.