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The Gospel According To John

by Richard St.James

Born Again

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John 3:1 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
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.
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.
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?
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 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
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 Hope

Nicodemus, no doubt, is a righteous man. He is “a ruler of the Jews” … a Pharisee. Nicodemus wants to see Jesus Christ because he has some questions. He comes “to Jesus by night”, so as not to be seen by his peers. [Some of us have done the same thing.] The important thing is that we come to Jesus Christ.

Nicodemus knew there was HOPE in Jesus and believed that Jesus Christ had all the answers to the questions that were building up inside of him. Nicodemus was about to burst! Let's pause here a moment. This truth [HOPE in Jesus Christ] is also found in the true Christian [the hope that is in you].

This basic truth is found in [1 Peter 3:15]: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” The believer in Jesus Christ is an ambassador of Jesus Christ. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” In verse three: “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.”

Born Of The Flesh

It’s all about an [EXCEPTION] … an exception against the natural. First let’s talk of our natural birth. If we are in the world, then we must have come into the world. And if we have come into the world it is because we were “born of a woman”. This birth is a historic event to a life that is bound to time, [TIME] and consists “of few days”. What is more, these few days are “full of trouble”.

[Job 14:1] “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Our mothers bore us … [carried and nourished us in the womb for nine months] to bring us into a sinned cursed world. The SON of GOD uses the natural to explain the supernatural. Our natural birth [Born of the Flesh] leaves us dead spiritually, without any ability to worship GOD.

Except

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” [Born of the Spirit] “Nicodemus [in verse four] 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 does not understand. Nicodemus does not understand, because Nicodemus is a dead man. [SPIRITUALLY] The worship of GOD is ONLY for those that have been “raised” up, yea, who were “dead” in sins.

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.”
[Ephesians 2:5] GOD said in Genesis 2:17: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The [CLOCK OF TIME] which is the [CLOCK OF DEATH] began ticking literally when man disobeyed God. The “aging” of the whole creation began the moment that Adam sinned. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” [Romans 8:22]

The whole creation was to “groan” for DEATH had come into the world. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” [Romans 5:12] By Adam, we died in another way. We died SPIRITUALLY.

That means we are totally UNABLE to worship God. Why? Why? Why? Here is the answer! Here is the foundation or “bedrock” truth that we all face as sinners. It is found in John 4:24. “God is a Spirit: and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Born Again … The Supernatural Birth!

We must worship “in spirit” if we are to worship God who is Spirit. Therefore, we must be RAISED. Someone who has been RAISED is someone who has been [QUICKENED]. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” [Ephesians 2:1] To be “quickened” is to be “born again.”

This is the very same thing that Jesus told Nicodemus in verse three: that he needed to be BORN AGAIN [The Second Birth] in order to see the kingdom of God. “Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Someone who has been RAISED is someone who has been QUICKENED, and someone that has been QUICKENED is someone that has been BORN AGAIN. To be BORN AGAIN is to be made alive SPIRITUALLY and ABLE to WORSHIP God who is SPIRIT. “So is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Amen!

Have you been born again? My friend, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”


Invisible Things … Heavenly Things

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The Gospel According To John

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.

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.

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?

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.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

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.


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?

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?

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.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

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.

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.

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.

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.

John 3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

John 3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

John 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

John 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barestwitness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

John 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the
bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

John 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

John 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.