Today we are looking at the story of Nicodemus the Pharisee who visited Jesus in the Night and had the conversation with Him about being born again. John 3 is one of the most popular passages used by evangelicals to describe what becoming a Christian is all about.
But what was Jesus on about when he said to Nicodemus, “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born again (born anew)?’
Most people focus on the words ‘born again’, completely overlooking or not understanding the term ‘kingdom of God’. In fact, they tend to automatically replace the phrase ‘kingdom of God’ with ‘Heaven’. – No one can enter heaven without being born again. But Jesus did not necessarily mean that. He preached that the Kingdom of God was here, was near. Because its King was here was near.
For Jesus listeners, initially they all believed that the Messiah had come to as a warrior King to free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire. But he had come to free them spiritually from the tyranny of obedience to the Law, and the slavery of sin. God created this world and made everything in it and it exists through his will. He set it in motion and He can intervene and change things at will when he wishes to do so, but because of free will, he will only do so when invited to step into a situation. To gain his intervention and assistance, it is all or nothing, you need to become a member of his kingdom, under his Rules instead of the worlds. So while physically you remain in this world, your spirit is under his rule, a member of his king-dom, this is no longer your home. To achieve this you need to pledge your allegiance to the king, then your spirit needs to be cleansed from all the dirt and filth and sin it has contracted in its time here, it needs a fresh start to be made new again (re-born) a clean slate, a fresh start, a spiritual reset to default.
This change is so radical and deep that it is actually a whole new life, you become a new person. The foundations of your life have been dug up and replaced. The outcome of which is that the way we view ourselves, life, and the world completely changes. Our spirit is so clean and sparkling new that it can spill over and affect our physical body. The rules have changed and it can take some time to adjust and learn the new way things work right here when you are living under kingdom rules. It isn’t always easy but it is always worth it, and best of all you are never alone, He promised, he is with us always!