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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not
send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him
might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God."
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein you
By which also you are saved, if you keep in
memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that
which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to
And that he was buried, and that he rose again
the third day according to the scriptures"
~1 Corinthians 15:1-4
"That if you confess with your mouth
the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead,
you will be saved."
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|While Jesus was in Jerusalem one of the rulers of the Jews, a man named
Nicodemus, came to see him. He came in the night, perhaps because he was afraid
to be seen coming in the daytime. He said to Jesus, "Master, we know that you
are a teacher come from God, for no man can do these wonderful things that you
do unless God is with him."
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "I say to you in truth, that unless a man is born anew
he cannot see the kingdom of God,"
Nicodemus did not know that this meant that to be saved we must have new hearts
given to us by the Lord. He said, " Why, how can a man be born twice? How can
one be born again after he has grown up?"
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|Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits
to this original creation—the 'wind-hovering-over-the-water' creation, the
invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it's not possible to
enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can
look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something
you can't see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
"So don't be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be 'born from
above'—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows
this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea
where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with
everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God."
Nicodemus asked, "What do you mean by this? How does this happen?"
|Jesus was telling us three things
1) There are two realms - the physical and the spiritual.
2) The spiritual realm cannot be seen or felt from our physical senses
3) Before we can enter this spiritual realm, a change must take place in
us that is so fundamental and far-reaching that it is best described as
a new birth.
Jesus continued, "If I tell you things that
are plain as the hand before your face and you don't believe me, what use is
there in telling you of things you can't see, the things of God?
"No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down
from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the
serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it
is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to
him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
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"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone
can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending
his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He
came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is
acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death
sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to
believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
"This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and
women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they
were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of
doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won't come near
it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and
reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.
"Note: Jesus only hints at the
Gospel of Grace here as He had not yet died and resurrected. It is not until
after Jesus confronts Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus that the full Gospel
of Grace to the Gentiles is revealed.
Take Paul's Gospel - that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again -
and bring that into John 3:16, and we have the full power of the Gospel of
Salvation. This is where we must recognize that these basic truths come
from Paul as revealed to him through Jesus after the Resurrection. Nicodemus
couldn't understand "the Son of Man being lifted up" any more than the Jews of
the Old Testament could understand Isaiah 53:7, "...he is brought as a lamb to
the slaughter and opened not his mouth". Isaiah 53 is only made clear from
the mystery of Paul's Gospel of Grace; that this was God's plan of Salvation from the beginning of time
for the whole world.
That’s The Gospel – that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He died for your sins
and was resurrected. Believe the Gospel for Salvation. If you really believe,
ask Him to come into your heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and
He will save you. Make Him first in your life, read His Word and He will
reveal Himself to you more and more each day.
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