...Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
In John 3:3 Jesus said, 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.
What did Jesus mean by that?
..."born again"... Most Christians are taught that Jesus is talking about being begotten by the Holy Spirit. It is certainly true that you must be begotten by the Holy Spirit to be saved. If you want to call that begettal being "born again" that's allright. Call it what you like but that is not what Jesus is discussed here.
No, what Jesus is saying here is that although you were created as spirit beings, with a spirit body, in the beginning, before the foundation of the world, in order to enter into his future kingdom you most first be born into this present earth age with a physical body, i.e. come down and be born of woman. And then go into, be born into your spirit body again, when you die or at His return you cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Got it? First spirit, then of water, i.e. of flesh, and then again of spirit.
Jesus just gave us a simple lesson about the three earth ages.
The fallen angels did not come down and be born of woman and so as it is written in Rev. 11, they shall perish at Christ's return at the 7th Trump.
our flesh body dies, we are changed instantly into our spiritual bodies.
If we happen to be alive in the flesh at the second advent we also are
changed instantly into our spiritual bodies. (I Cor. 50:51), and we return
to the Father from whence we came.
In order to fully understand the next few verses one must be familiar with the 3 World Ages (II Pet. 3) and the overall plan of salvation. We read at beginning of this Gospel of John about the Light that came into the world of darkness, a world that had been destroyed and made tohu va bohu (Gen 1:2) because of the rebellion of Satan and his drawing away from God one third of His sons (Rev. 12:4). God held judgment for Satan at that time and sentenced him to "perish", but suspended the judgment of the rest of His sons until the plan to "salvage" [save] us and bring us back to Him is completed. The actual perishing of all that are wicked, including Satan, will occur at the lake of fire following the Final Judgment of the rest of the sons of God. And so it is written we will be either sentenced to "perish" or receive eternal life.
There is, however, one exception. There were 7,000 sons of God (angels) who came to earth in the days of Noah and took to wife the daughters of Adam. You can read about them in the 6th chapter of Genesis. The union between these "fallen angels", who Jude records as having left their first estate, i.e. their spiritual abode in heaven, and the daughters of Adam produced giants, who roamed the earth, the evidence of which can easily be found. So pervasive were these supernatural beings, angels, that all of Adams descendents except Noah and his family had corrupted their bloodline. Only 8 people remained who were perfect in their generations. You see, the Messiah would be born through the seed of Adam and Eve and it came down to only 8 people who were left through which God's Word could be fulfilled. So God brought about the flood of Noah to destroy these giants.
Understand then that these fallen angels were not born of woman. They did not enter into the womb of woman, the bag of water, and become born of water, which is to say born in the flesh. They came directly to earth, bypassing the decree that all the sons of God should dwell in the flesh, for as it is written, it is given unto all the sons of God to die once [the first death, which is of the flesh] and then the judgment will occur which will determine whether or not they will die the "second death", the one in which their souls will "perish". Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
we were all with God before we came to earth to be placed in the embryo
at conception, at our appointed time for the journey. To be born in the
flesh is to be born innocent without any prior knowledge of the world that
then was (II Pet. 3) and therefore with the opportunity to choose to love
God or follow after Satan. That's God's salvation plan! To save those who,
by their own free will, choose to follow Him, not Satan.
These are Hebrew expressions which have somewhat lost their "punch" in English, but they mean to die, just like we would say "Kick the Bucket".Eccles. 12:6
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Cremated, buried, blown apart or vaporized by a nuclear bomb, it doesn't matter. When you are through with the flesh body, you are through with it forever. For as Paul documents in I Cor. 15 there are two bodies, one is of flesh and one is of spirit. So when you die in the flesh you are raised, shall we even say born, into your spiritual body. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
He goes on to say that unless you are in your spiritual body, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God.1 Cor. 15:44
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1 Cor. 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Nicodemus was a smart man and he understood what "born" means, but he couldn't get his mind off the flesh and it is obvious by his reply that he didn't understand about the spiritual body (which Paul so simply explained to us).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?
Unless you come down and be born of woman, and then go into, be born, into your spiritual body, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Got it? First of water, of flesh, and then of spirit. The fallen angels did not do this and so as it is written in Rev. 11, they shall perish at Christ's return at the 7th Trump. 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 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
If you can't believe the literal things, how can you believe that which is spiritual? If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
You must first come down from heaven and be born of woman, in the sack of water.
Now get this next verse.
So no man [son of God] has ascended [or will entered into] heaven [the kingdom] except he that came down from heaven [and was born of water]. Even Jesus Christ Himself, the Son of the Living God came down from heaven and was born of water!!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.
IT'S THE GOOD NEWS!
For a more comprehensive study see pamphlet #7023.
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