“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: The man born of the word is born from above.
In our previous studies, we began investigating into the word “born again” as used by Peter in 1Peter 1:23; observe the reading again, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. Now, let’s observe the discourse of Jesus with Nicodemus in John 3 in order they bring that word “born again” to the spotlight, it read “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. 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? 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:3-6). Obviously, from the response of Nicodemus in verse 4, you could see that he was thinking of a natural birth when Jesus said “born again”, whereas Jesus was speaking of a spiritual truth. Again, observe the word “born again” shows forth here in verse 3 and is translated here as “gennao anothen” in the Greek which means to be born anew or to be born from above. Again, whereas Nicodemus was thinking numbers (second birth in the natural), Jesus was speaking spiritual truths (to be born from above or anew). Now, when we say to be born from above, please don’t look at the sky; because it is not to be born from the sky. That is why in context, Jesus now says, “except a man be born of water and the spirit” (verse 5). Now by saying “water and the spirit” here, he is not talking of two elements, that is water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism. The word “water” here stood as a figurative expression for the word spirit, and that is why the word “and” used between them (water and the spirit) being translated as “kai” in the Greek is used in an explanatory fashion and thus implies “that is” or “which is”. Meaning, Jesus was saying “except a man be born of water, that is the spirit”; so the water was symbolic of the spirit and that is why that word “water” was used once there but the emphasis was on the spirit. In essence, when Jesus was talking about being born again, he was not talking about being born the second time or being born from the sky; but rather, he was referring to the new birth, a spiritual birth, to be born anew or from above. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are born from above, acknowledge this.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank you that I am in you; born of you and living in you, In Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Born again is not a second birth, born again is the new birth.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 12