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Looking to the Eternal Kingdom

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

Meet Nicodemus, a learned and respected Jew. This Pharisee and rabbi came to Jesus at night so that no one would see him questioning Jesus. Jesus had just said, “You must be born again.” Using his intellect to understand, Nicodemus, greatly puzzled, then asked, “How can one return to his mother’s womb to be born again?” (John 3:4)

Jesus had to explain to this “teacher of Israel”, “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.,” (John 3:6)

BORN OF WATER: When I was pregnant and carrying a baby yet to be born, I was well aware of the amniotic sac surrounding the growing fetus. The breaking of this sac was a clear indication to me that I was preparing to give birth. Its fluid was released and so began the process of moving the fetus into the birth canal and out into the world as a baby, a marvelous creation of a loving God with its loving mother and father!

BORN OF THE SPIRIT: Even so, a growing infant physically develops first under the watchful care of a loving family. Later growth places him also under teachers and others, bringing him to search to be born, this time, of God’s Spirit. God continually draws him to seek and knock at the very door of Jesus for Him to open the revealed truth of eternal life.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture….I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9,10)

THE TWO BIRTHS COME TOGETHER: “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

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