Thursday, October 2, 2014

+DEV+ The Rebirth

Date: October 2, 2014 10:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+  The Rebirth

The Rebirth

"Jesus declared, 'I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'" (John 3:3)

Scripture Focus: John 3:1-8

The Bible gives us word pictures to grasp how we are a part of God's family. The first image we'll look at is rebirth. Nicodemus pictured Jesus' words graphically: a grown man crawling back up the birth canal and into his mother's womb. What a disturbing and impossible image! If seeing the kingdom of God depends on that kind of human act, no one will ever make it. 

For a long time I understood salvation the way Nicodemus did, that it depended on some effort of my own. I longed to be a different kind of person, but no matter how I tried, I failed. My goodness wasn't consistent enough; my will-power wasn't strong enough. At best, I was frustrated; at worst, despairing. 

Jesus listened to Nicodemus and said, "I tell you the truth." He was describing a very different kind of experience, one of “spiritual” birth, done by the Holy Spirit Himself. Nicodemus misunderstood, yet in a way, he was right: no man can give himself new life. But God can, and it's a life far greater than the one that happens in the flesh.

Insight: What God has done for you is more amazing than you can imagine, and beyond anything you could accomplish on your own.

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