We began our discussion about Nicodemus in John 3. I did not complete the section on Birth. I will be wrapping up that section in this lesson. I will continue writing on other topics under the subject of Nicodemus.
The child inherits the nature of the parents. This is true of the child of God. We become “partakers of the divine nature” http://ref.ly/2P1.4. It should be noted that nature determines the appetite of the person. This is true when the Christian desires the things of God. http://ref.ly/1P2.2f The believer feeds on the Word of God. This causes the believer to grow into spiritual maturity. http://ref.ly/He5.11-14
Birth involves life. So it is with spiritual birth. The believer gains God’s life. It should be noted that John mentions life thirty-six times. The person who does not believe in Jesus Christ does not have the life of God, nor does the individual have eternal and abundant life. I like what the author of Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament says concerning this: “You do not manufacture Christians any more than you manufacture babies!” If you want to be in God’s family, you must be born into it. http://ref.ly/Jn1.11-13
When birth takes place, there is a future involved. The question I want to pose to you is what kind of future do you want? When you accept Jesus as your personal lord and Savior, then you have eternal hope. http://ref.ly/1P1.3 An example of this can be seen in a newborn baby. An infant cannot be arrested because they have no past! When you choose to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a part of the family of God. Your sins are forgiven, and you have a living hope. It is a hope that goes beyond the grave.
Consider Nicodemus’s reaction. He was surprised by the words that Jesus said. He had never heard of a doctrine like this. Note http://ref.ly/Jn3.7. Nicodemus was a Jew by birth. He came from a covenant people. http://ref.ly/Ro9.4f His birth made him better than a Gentile! He was a faithful Pharisee. He could not believe that Jews needed to be born again. Yet this was what Jesus was teaching him. It should be noted that at this point, Nicodemus could have rejected Jesus’ words, but he did not. He apparently had an open heart to the words of The Teacher.